intertwined
Leadership

POEs and Beijing: More Intertwined Than Meets the Eye

The Chinese government has turned its powerful spotlight towards the private sector’s size, wealth, and influence in China’s socialist market economy. The scuppering of Alibaba’s IPO for Ant Group was […]

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Market

Futureproofing Your China Workforce

China is undergoing a seismic shift from a manufacturing powerhouse to a digitised, innovative economy. Much like the economic miracle of the last few decades, the country’s future will be […]

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service as everything
Market

Business Model Innovation: Everything as a Service

Firms in China are seeking richer margins by selling services instead of selling products. Today, data-driven technologies and the Internet of Things (IoT) are supercharging the move towards ‘servitization’. Consequently, […]

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running to finish line
Strategy

14th Five-Year Plan: Xi’s 30-Year Dash to the Finish Line

During an IMA China CEO Forum meeting in Shanghai, a China ‘insider’ gave his views on the impact of China’s 14th Five-Year Plan (FYP) on MNCs operating in China – […]

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Strategy

Avoiding the Crossfire: Public Affairs Strategy in China

In a politically charged world, words matter in preventing and diffusing flareups. MNCs especially need to navigate the sensitivities, both at home and in China, to avoid getting caught in […]

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agile management
Market

Agile Planning in China Leads to Sales

Covid put into stark relief the importance of staying nimble. During the early days of Covid, supply and demand issues reared their ugly head, and massive price fluctuations followed. At […]

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Post COVID
Strategy

Building a Resilient Post-Covid Workplace in China

China’s unique experience with Covid has put it on a divergent path from the rest of the world. With the virus effectively suppressed in China, employees have been back in […]

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manufacturing
Strategy

Navigating Asia’s Manufacturing Challenges in 2021

Surging Costs, Shortages, and Difficult Capex Decisions A faster than expected economic recovery in the first half of 2021 in many Asian markets certainly is welcome, but the recovery also […]

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China partnership
Strategy

Selling China to HQ

Rising trade tensions, the pressure to decouple the China business from global networks, and the after-effects of the Covid pandemic have combined to make communications between headquarters and China operations […]

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Future of Work
Strategy

Experimenting with Asia’s Workplace

Across Asia, companies are experimenting with changes in the workplace. The experimentation is about offering choice and flexibility to employees as we progress towards a post-Covid environment. The trialing of […]

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always online digital
Market

China’s ‘Always-On’ Digital Disruptors

A new breed of Chinese consumer brands has hit the ground running with a digital-first, consumer-centric approach.  They hook consumers with always-on digital conversations, camera-ready packaging, and fast-paced product launches. […]

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B2B digital sales
Market

Leveraging Digital Tools in a China Go-To-Market Strategy

China has proven to be an ideal place to experiment with cutting-edge digital apps. Many Chinese companies are digital-first enterprises that tactically test and tweak digital applications. A China CEO […]

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supply chain
Strategy

Managing Supply Chains During and After the Pandemic

Covid-19 has put the strength and flexibility of supply chains to the test. Some industries, such as oil and gas, are used to managing volatility. Other industries have experienced disruptions […]

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Building resilience
Leadership

Securing China’s Talent After Covid

Companies in China weathered the pandemic storm better than expected by empowering their local teams. As a result, senior executives at global headquarters increasingly recognise the capabilities of China-based employees […]

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strategic planning
Leadership

2021 Strategy Realignment: 10 Questions That Need Answers

Our view is that 2021 will be the bridge year from the 2020 pandemic to the beginning of the next normal in 2022. It will be a year for developing […]

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cybersecurity
Strategy

Ringfencing Digital Assets in China

Regulations governing the digital arena are rapidly changing the world over, and nowhere is this truer than in China. This presents a fresh set of challenges for MNCs. Global companies […]

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AI powered finance
Strategy

Cybersecurity – Navigating the Perfect Storm

The rapid adoption of eCommerce applications, videoconferencing and remote working coupled with a reconfiguring of supply chains has radically increased by online threats. Cybersecurity has become more important than ever, […]

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M&A
Market

Covid’s Impact Motivates China’s M&A Buyers and Sellers

MNCs partnering in China took only the briefest pause during the worst of Covid-19 and then bounced back in the second quarter. While organic growth is a top priority for […]

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Strategy

Negotiating India’s Slump

COVID-19 hit India’s economy hard and its GDP will likely shrink by over 5% in this fiscal year. Furthermore, this disruption of economic activity will lower India’s medium-term economic outlook. […]

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platform and hand
Strategy

Restructuring for Post-Covid-19 Competition

MNCs across Asia are changing many of their management practices as they learn to adapt to the challenges of Covid. The lessons learned are likely to permanently alter the way […]

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