Industry 4.0
Market

Bringing Big Data to China’s Big Machines

Not long after news of Covid’s spread in China hit papers around the world, so did photos of a remarkable feat: the building of a 1,000-bed hospital in a mere […]

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Leadership

Covid-19: The Implications for Leadership and Teams

Covid-19 has seen organisational changes that were debated for years being rammed into action in weeks, leaving team members uncertain of their value and their future. Regional and country managers […]

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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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nationalism digitalisation
Strategy

Covid-19 Compounds Risks to Supply Chains

Last year’s headlines trumpeted growing strains in US-China relations and the rise of economic nationalism. Instead of pausing during the Covid-19 pandemic, protectionism and disruptions to supply chains have increased across […]

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managing covid-19
Market

Managing Covid-19 & the Return to Work

As any crisis fades, it’s important to capture what was learned before it’s forgotten. We need to recall surprises, reflect on how they were successfully dealt with, and think about managing […]

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AI-Powered Finance
Strategy

Asia FinTech Post-COVID-19: How a Pandemic Can Shape an Industry

The coronavirus pandemic has sped up changes in online financial services, as offline businesses are contending with substantial costs and little revenue. At a recent IMA Asia virtual meeting for […]

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China Cybersecurity
Market

How Prepared is Your China Cybersecurity?

The ubiquity of data brings new risks. At a recent IMA Asia forum, members discussed those risks and how best to cope with the evolving cybersecurity environment in China. Governments […]

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Business Continuity Planning
Strategy

The Coronavirus Outbreak Demands a Business Continuity Plan

Pandemics and business continuity plans (BCP) are on everyone’s minds today. Our forum members shared their thinking about how to prepare for and mitigate such risks during the 2006 avian […]

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digital transformation
Market

B2B Digital Marketing Growth Strategies in China

‘Everything will be digital.’ This is the mantra when marketing to Chinese consumers and buyers. The same forces of technological change that have transformed global B2C firms in China are […]

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Distributors in China
Market

Coping With China’s Shifting Distributor Network

Distributing goods in China can be complicated and confusing. Although the China market is large, it is also highly fragmented. Achieving economies of scale can be elusive when distributors are […]

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Strategy

Does Your Company Need to Retool its Org Structure in China?

The outlook for globalisation has shifted precariously in the past few years as nationalism takes hold in many countries worldwide. The corporate pendulum swing from local autonomy to central control […]

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Sustainability IMA Asia
Strategy

Adapting to Sustainability Demands in ASEAN

Regulators, investors and consumers across Asia are becoming more demanding of companies’ sustainability efforts. At a recent IMA Asia Management Forum meeting, members argued that adapting to a new paradigm […]

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Reposition Strategy
Strategy

Making the Case for China – Repositioning the Strategy

Despite political polemics and a slowdown in growth, the promise of the China market has never been greater. At a recent IMA Asia CEO Forum, a CEO with many years […]

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Chinese finance
Strategy

How China’s CFOs are becoming more agile

Today, CFOs in China must navigate uncharted terrain marked by geopolitical uncertainties and ever slower growth. Looking back at last year’s data to forecast the future is no longer reliable. […]

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digital transformation
Market

B2B Digital Distribution: Finding the Missing Customer

E-commerce has blazed like a wildfire through China’s consumer landscape, seeding digital-first enterprises and pushing legacy businesses to adapt or die. Chinese consumers’ fast adoption of all things digital, from […]

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China digital finance
Strategy

When Will China’s Back Offices Catch Up?

Advances in financial technology have transformed how consumers buy goods in China. A few taps on the phone, and electronic payments are seamlessly transferred and recorded. But peer into any […]

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Chinese finance
Strategy

China’s Ecosystems: Invest or Partner Your Way to Innovation

Following the example of China’s most successful private companies, many Western MNCs are working to participate more fully in their industry ecosystems in China. Companies, such as Alibaba and Tencent, […]

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sustainability
Strategy

Sustainability Matters to Business in Asia

Much of the economic success that Asia has experienced has fault lines in its development model.  ‘Growth at all costs’ has created unintended consequences in Asia’s environment and society.  Forty […]

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innovation speed
Leadership

Driving Asia’s Growth with Innovation

Asia is emerging as a global powerhouse for innovation and becoming an increasingly important source of innovation. China has led this change and many MNCs have innovation centres in China […]

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China and the World
Strategy

China and the World: Scale, Integration and Influence

Forty-one years after Deng Xiaoping kicked off the ‘Reform and Opening’ movement, China remains relatively closed in a world that is more open (see China and the World: Open or […]

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