Currently browsing

January 2011

The Yao Ming economy.

China’s economy is starting to show signs of stress – inflation is raging, resources are running low and the income gap between rich and poor is becoming difficult to reconcile with socialist principle. Instead of embarking on a path of moderation and serious rehabilitation, Beijing seems to be taping up and running even harder.

US-China Negotiation in 2011 (sung to the tune of Rock the Boat – Don’t Rock the Boat, Baby)

The future of US-China commerce depends on counter-parties’ ability to manage chaos and change. The same reality will govern individual businesses and industries. When entrenched players begin to lose ground to competitors – or are weakened by environmental factors – the stage is set for disruption and hyper-competition. This is not a scenario that favors soft-landings – or steady recoveries.

Managing in China: Bite the bullet or drink the Kool-Aid?

the problem facing Westerners making business decisions in China. Do you take huge strides in infrastructure as a positive indicator and push to give your company’s China project a big thumbs up? Or are you more concerned by the persistent bottlenecks? This isn’t just about attitudes and outlooks – some business models are optimized for blue skies while others solve problems. The challenge is to stay objective about your business potential in China and send useful analysis back to the home office.