Xiaomi’s Mission Impossible?

Having conquered China’s smartphone market, Xiaomi now wants to take over your living room—and the world Achieving a $45 billion valuation is an immense feat for any company. To do it within four years and without achieving significant recognition outside of your home country is an even greater one. Yet that is exactly what Xiaomi has done. Xiaomi, an upstart internet company that has generated fervent fandom in China, is now poised to shatter the longstanding image of Chinese tech companies abroad. Founded in 2010, the company has since leapfrogged more established competitors such as Samsung and Lenovo to become China’s top smartphone brand (at least for a time), until Lenovo’s … [Read More...]


Why the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank Matters

The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank has ruffled many feathers even before its formal launch. We bring you the lowdown on what it is and how it compares with the World Bank and the Asian … [Read More...]

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China Roundup: Shanghai Stock Exchange Boom Has a Zero too Many

This week, trading on the Shanghai Stock Exchange exceeded RMB 1 trillion causing a major software glitch; China’s factory activity slowed (again); and Visa and MasterCard finally got a level playing field. China … [Read More...]


Of Rickshaws, Cats and Uber China

Uber China is going all out to woo customers with quirky promotions. Here’s how. Uber, the app-based transportation service, has always been a firm believer in the “less is more” philosophy. The company, which … [Read More...]


Chinese E-commerce Companies Head to the Countryside

Chinese e-commerce companies like Alibaba and JD.com are finding a lucrative opportunity in rural areas. But what kind of strategies will work there? The low-hanging fruit of China’s e-commerce industry, the … [Read More...]


Demystifying the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

Yukon Huang on the mechanics of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, China’s role in its governance, and comparisons with the World Bank and the ADB. On April 15, China’s Ministry of Finance made public a … [Read More...]


Gold Rush: Chinese Tech Companies Invest Overseas

Having established their dominance at home, leading Chinese tech companies are increasingly turning their gaze overseas Lenovo CEO Yuanqing Yang celebrated the tech company’s acquisition of a Chicago-based … [Read More...]

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The Chinese Smartphone Market: Who Will Be the Next Xiaomi?

From LeTV to OnePlus, the new contenders for the top spot in the Chinese smartphone market. The rise of Xiaomi is making many Chinese smartphone companies drool—they see that a start-up can challenge, and even … [Read More...]


China Roundup: Chinese Economy Data Dampens Spirits

This week, new data on the Chinese economy painted a bleak picture; the Shanghai Composite Index surged (again); and a Chinese company bought Segway. Chinese Economy Slows Further China’s most recent economic … [Read More...]


Chinese Social Structure Holds the Key to a Richer Nation

Changing the Chinese social structure may save the country from the proverbial ‘middle-income trap’, says Salvatore Babones, an expert on China's political economy. Since it was coined by two World Bank … [Read More...]


Can the LeTV Smartphone Succeed in China’s Uber Competitive Market?

Online video platform LeTV believes its new smartphone can demolish competition. Is that too wild an ambition? With much fanfare, LeTV, a popular Chinese online video platform, has finally released its “super” … [Read More...]


Don Tapscott on Digital Disruption

The Digital Economy warrants a fundamentally new social contract, says Don Tapscott, a leading expert on the impact of technology on business and society. Remember what life was like in 1995? You met your friends … [Read More...]

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The Rise and Rise of Xiaomi, China’s $45-billion Start-up

As Chinese tech company Xiaomi completes a phenomenal five years, we take you through the major milestones in its journey so far. When should a start-up no longer be called a start-up? Umm… possibly when its … [Read More...]


China Roundup: Who Moved the Hang Seng Index?

This week, mainland investors pushed the Hang Seng Index to a seven-year high; Alibaba’s Ant Financial launched a Big Data-based stock index; and Cloud Live Technology teetered close to a default. Behind Hong … [Read More...]


Peter Cuneo, Turnaround Superhero  

Peter Cuneo, former CEO of Marvel Entertainment and the man behind seven corporate turnarounds, on what really goes into resurrecting a failing company. In The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Peter Parker, Spider-Man’s … [Read More...]


How Brands are Falling in Love With Chinese Tourists

An increasing number of brands are finding it lucrative to woo the growing legions of Chinese tourists—both outside China and within. During the 2012 Olympics, a series of ads appeared on London’s iconic red … [Read More...]


China Roundup: Chinese GDP Growth Likely to Fall Below 7%

This week, economists speculated that the first quarter Chinese GDP growth may fall below the 7% target and the US softened its hardline stance on the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. The 6% … [Read More...]


Creating Customer Value is Not Enough

Creating customer value is not the only thing that goes into determining the price you can charge for your services. A recent wave of taxi driver strikes across China signals a possible end to the ready supply of … [Read More...]


Who’ll Win? Visa and MasterCard Versus UnionPay

Long kept at arm’s length, will foreign bank card companies finally get a fair crack at the China market which is dominated by UnionPay? For over two decades foreign payment card companies such as Visa and … [Read More...]


Is the Chinese Electric Car Market Revving Up?

As awareness increases, Chinese consumers are taking to electric vehicles. But just how evolved is the Chinese electric car industry? The electric vehicles (EV) industry is getting a fillip as more and more … [Read More...]

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China Roundup: More Support for Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

This week, the China-backed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank initiative won more support; fluctuations in the value of the RMB caused concerns; and Tencent revealed its smart-car ambitions. More Easing to … [Read More...]


Innovating in the Networked Organization

The networked organization has changed how business innovates—but will the new system last? Thanks to the internet, almost every aspect of business has changed dramatically over the past 20 years. From … [Read More...]


Mapping the New Silk Road

A huge shift in trade and relations could be underway across Eurasia, and China’s New Silk Road policy is at the heart of it As a historical reference point, the Silk Road continues to resonate, long after the … [Read More...]


Aviation in China: Reaching for the Skies?

A look at the airlines that call the shots, the busiest airports and the state of aviation in China China’s commercial civil aviation industry has undergone dramatic growth in the last two decades as … [Read More...]

Spring 2015 Issue

CKGSB Knowledge Spring 2015 Issue: The New Silk Road

The Spring 2015 issue of CKGSB Knowledge is out! It has articles and interviews like: COVER STORY: The New Silk Road: China's bold new trade and transport initiatives are reorienting the country's economy, and … [Read More...]


China Roundup: RIP. Yahoo China

This week saw the end of Yahoo China, the Shanghai Composite Index peaked, and Uber found an unlikely partner in the Warren Buffet-backed BYD. ‘Honey, Let’s Buy our Dream Home’ China’s property market slump is not … [Read More...]


The Xiaomi Business Model: Built to Last?

Xiaomi has attained an enviable position in the Chinese smartphone market. But will its current strategies help it retain its prized spot as it gains scale? Xiaomi’s explosive growth in China last year has … [Read More...]


The Crackdown on Tax Evasion in China

Multinationals in China are coming under increased scrutiny due to allegations of tax evasion. In November 2014, shockwaves were felt when the Chinese government handed out an RMB 840 million ($140 million) fine … [Read More...]


What’s Ahead for the Chinese Economy? 2015 Lianghui Wrap-Up

The key takeaways from the 2015 Lianghui, the two annual meetings that set the agenda for the Chinese economy. The 2015 Lianghui, the annual meetings of the NPC (National People's Congress) and CPPCC (Chinese … [Read More...]


Shanghai Stock Exchange: Baffling Bourse

Is the Shanghai Stock Exchange finally becoming a hub for global finance? After a mainland equity collapse in 2007, investors the world over largely wrote off Shanghai’s stock exchange as the lesser cousin of … [Read More...]


China Roundup: The Chinese Economy Posts Weak Numbers

This week, various economic indicators released on the Chinese economy showed slower growth but officials aren’t ruffled; Alibaba invested in Snapchat; and the UK joined China’s ambitious Asia Infrastructure … [Read More...]


Why Companies in China Fear the World Consumer Rights Day

China's national broadcaster CCTV shames errant companies on World Consumer Rights Day. A look at some of those who have been in the firing line in the past.  March 15th, World Consumer Rights Day also known as … [Read More...]


The Automobile Industry in China Hits the Speed Limit

The slowing auto market is reshaping the automobile industry in China. Zhou Xiaogang, a resident of the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen, has been planning to purchase a car for some time. A 28-year-old graphic … [Read More...]


The Chinese Economy Adjusts to the New Normal

The Chinese economy is slowing and that has significant ramifications for things like capital and the Renminbi. Is there a silver lining in all this? The release of China’s economic targets for 2015 during last … [Read More...]


Six Buzzwords from the 2015 Lianghui

A quick guide to some of the hottest topics that came up during the 2015 Lianghui, the two annual meetings that set the agenda for the Chinese economy. It’s that time of the year again when the movers and shakers … [Read More...]


China Data: A Milestone for RMB Internationalization

The essential numbers on the RMB internationalization; the contraction in China’s luxury market; the growth in China’s e-commerce transaction value; and more. China has made no bones about its ambitions to make … [Read More...]

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China Roundup: China GDP Growth Target Downscaled

This week, Premier Li Keqiang lowered the China GDP growth target to 7% from 7.5% last year; US President Barack Obama voiced concerns over China’s proposed anti-terrorism law because of its likely impact on US … [Read More...]


The Networked Company: The Tricky Art of Managing Networked Organizations

Networked organizations mean flatter structures and more creativity, and also a new approach to managing a workforce that thinks and behaves differently. In 1994, when the internet was still mostly an academic … [Read More...]


The Networked Company: Q&A with Sudhanshu Palsule

Sudhanshu Palsule on what it means to be a leader in a world without distance or hierarchy In their book, The Social Leader, management theorist and executive coach Sudhanshu Palsule and co-author Frank Gugliemo … [Read More...]


Companies in the Internet Economy: The Way We Work Now

The internet economy is bringing efficiency to the world of work, but it has downsides as well.  It’s hard to remember what work was like before the internet—particularly if you’re one of the millions who weren’t … [Read More...]


Companies in the Internet Economy: The Dawn of Networks

The internet economy is changing the contours of business, and organizations are fast-changing from rigid hierarchy-driven structures to networks. Two decades ago, the rapid growth of the internet was hailed as an … [Read More...]


Family Business Succession Planning in China

Family business succession planning is always tricky. In China it is also fraught with cultural complexities. Today’s China is filled with stories of people who took a few ordinary things—a bicycle, a sewing … [Read More...]