lift profits and grow
Market

Lifting Profits in China’s Ever More Demanding Market

When growth in China begins to sputter, executives often reflexively seek out new growth opportunities. For some premium industrial brands, this might mean making ‘good-enough’ products in order to chase […]

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China partnership
Strategy

Should You Still Partner in China?

Partnerships in China can be hard work and can limit growth, innovation, and margins. Yet often partnerships have been the price of entry into China due to regulatory and sometimes […]

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Market

The Need for Innovation and Speed in China

China’s unique digital ecosystem is accelerating ‘the need for speed’, and the necessity to adapt to China’s environment of innovation. But HQ often clings to their own digital investments, even […]

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China debt
Strategy

Will China’s Quiet Debt Clean Up Succeed?

With little fanfare, Chinese financial authorities are cleaning up bad loans that threaten financial stability. The government is looking for the banks to absorb bad debt losses on their balance […]

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Market

Will Smart Cities drive Southeast Asia business?

Cities in Southeast Asia are getting ‘smarter’ and their higher IQ is driving new business for many companies in the region.  Adoption of smart cities technology will boost economic growth […]

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China CFOs Leading the Journey of Digital Change

China straddle two different worlds when it comes to the adoption of financial technology. One is global leading, while the other world is lagging. Thanks to mobile payments (such as […]

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Strategy

Locking in HQ Support for China

It is not surprising that perceptions of China as high risk are more prominent at US headquarters.  Higher US tariffs on Chinese products are pending and US Vice President Mike […]

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Strategy

Repositioning China with Headquarters

International firms should look past the noise of headlines about the assault on global trade to prepare for the day when the Chinese economy overtakes the US in size and […]

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Market

Is Digital Automation Transforming China’s Manufacturing?

Digital automation has been a solution to counterbalance high labour costs across most of the developed world. But why is it so important in China, where labour costs remain relatively […]

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Strategy

Asia’s Digital Journey is Just Beginning

Not long ago, digital technologies impacted just a few sectors focused on computing and advanced technologies. Now, business transformation stemming from new digital technologies is becoming ubiquitous across industry sectors. […]

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Strategy

Putting Innovation in the Forefront of Asia Business Strategy

Faced with the increasing pace of innovation, companies are rethinking vital aspects of their business strategy, ranging from structures and staffing to the value propositions driving competitive positioning. The changes […]

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China partnership
Strategy

Strategies for Effective China Partnerships and M&A

Now, more than ever, is the time for foreign firms to grab market share and boost revenues through acquisitions and partnering in China.  At a recent IMA China Management Forum […]

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Strategy

Corporate Survival in Asia Depends on Your Digital Strategy

There is no doubt that corporate survival in Asia depends upon how well organisations deal with digital transformation.  As one Asia/Pacific CEO at a recent IMA Forum put it, ‘We […]

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Market

The Ageing of China: The Conventional Wisdom is Wrong

China’s middle-aged and senior citizens present the most exciting growth opportunities in coming decades for consumer firms, and they are likely to be a valuable presence in future workforces. At […]

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china data
Strategy

Are You Managing Your Data as a Strategic Asset?

Are companies only as valuable as their data? For many firms in China the answer is ‘yes’.    For one global retailer in China, its customer loyalty program data is […]

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China digital engagement
Strategy

China Leads the Way with Digital Engagement

China is setting global best practice in social media and online shopping, with local digital strategies – once necessary for attracting Chinese consumers – now setting the standard for global […]

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compliance
Strategy

Building a Compliance Culture

MNCs need to pay closer attention to China’s anti-bribery laws, despite the fact that these laws are rarely enforced and are unhelpfully vague.    At a recent China Management Forum […]

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Social media
Strategy

Learning to Embrace WeChat & Weibo

Chinese consumers love ecommerce and mobile commerce in particular.  By 2019, one in every three dollars will be spent online in China, the highest in the world.   However, at […]

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Automation in china
Strategy

China Embraces Robots in its Race for Productivity

China is embracing robotics with the same intensity that made it a force in high speed rail and renewable energy. China’s vast manufacturing sector is under pressure to automate, and […]

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Strategy

Market Transformation: Strategies for Tapping Asia’s Newest Growth Driver

Asia CEO Forum members recently discussed how innovation and new business models are recasting entire industries and helping companies reach new segments of consumers. Entrepreneurs across Asia have capitalised on […]

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