The Next Big Gold Rush: China’s Smart Home Market

Several companies—from tech giants like Alibaba to durables manufacturers like Haier—are placing big bets on the Smart Home market in China. A look at who's doing what. Although the concept of Smart Home is still in the early stages of development in China, it promises to be a potential gold mine. According to Juniper Research, by 2018, China’s Smart Home market is likely to expand to RMB 100 billion ($22.8 billion), and Chinese companies are jumping in to get a piece of the pie. Powering the growth of the industry in China is the consumers’ urge for change: Chinese tech news portal’s 2014 survey revealed that 54.9% of the respondents are very interested in converting their homes … [Read More...]


Future Perfect: Smart Home Technologies Take Off

Smart Home technologies are out to change the way we live and make our life more efficient. The idea of Smart Homes has been getting a huge amount of popularity in recent years. Perhaps one of the … [Read More...]


Is Corporate Social Responsibility China’s Secret Weapon?

Chinese companies are starting to realize that corporate social responsibility is an important part of their transformation into a reputed brand. Today, we hear a great deal about Chinese M&A deals, Chinese … [Read More...]


China Data: A Drop in Carbon Emissions in China

From stats on China's megacities to the drop in carbon emissions in China, the numbers you need to know. If you live in one of China's smog-stricken cities, the first thing you probably do after waking up is … [Read More...]

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Jim Collins on the Building Blocks of Greatness

Jim Collins, author of management classics like Built to Last and Good to Great, on great companies, managing in a networked world and leadership. What makes companies great? And how do you define ‘greatness’? … [Read More...]


China’s Robam Bets Big on the Smart Appliances Market

Zhao Jihong, President of the Hangzhou-based high-end kitchen appliance maker Robam, believes that the future belongs to smart appliances. The hype surrounding the smart home concept has caused what some media … [Read More...]


Made in China 2025: Chinese Manufacturing to Get a Makeover

A look at why the Chinese government is giving manufacturing a makeover and the sectors that will be affected In 2012 Germany embarked on a journey to usher in what it calls Industry 4.0 into its manufacturing … [Read More...]


Brave Old World: Staying Motivated as a Mature Executive

You climbed all the organizational rungs and then hit the 'Now what?' question. Staying motivated is hard and here's what can you do about the situation. As the writer Vladimir Nabokov once noted, the future is … [Read More...]


Alibaba, Tencent and Walled Gardens: History Repeats Itself

In a bid to prevent users from venturing out of their proprietary environment, Alibaba and Tencent are aggressively adopting a walled garden strategy. In last year’s movie The Edge of Tomorrow, Tom Cruise’s … [Read More...]


The State of Philanthropy in China

Philanthropy in China doesn't exactly have a good track record. What are the chances that the country will turn it around? On 28th April 2014 the People’s Daily, China’s top official newspaper, played host to a … [Read More...]


Brave Old World: The Art of Reviving a Brand

Brands have lifecycles and as they lose their relevance, they fall by the wayside. What really goes into reviving a brand and keeping it fresh? Every year, tired old brands are shoved aside by fresh new ones that … [Read More...]

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China’s Industrial Economy is At a Crossroad: Better Days Ahead?

CKGSB's Business Sentiment Index shows that China's industrial economy has finally stabilized after a year of contraction. China’s industrial sector has been passing through a rough phase, but there are enough … [Read More...]


Didi Dache-Kuaidi Dache Wants to Do More Than Just Drive you Home

Cheng Wei, founder and CEO of popular taxi app Didi Dache, on how the combined entity of Didi Dache and Kuaidi Dache will evolve into a full-service transportation platform. Didi-Kuaidi, China’s biggest … [Read More...]


Airbus Group in China: High Altitude

  Laurence Barron, Chairman of Airbus Group China, on the company’s growth in China’s expanding aviation sector In China, the aerospace and aviation industries continue to soar higher and higher as its … [Read More...]

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Alibaba Results Surprise Wall Street

By posting a 45% jump in revenues, the Alibaba results have defied expectations. A quick look at the big numbers. This week all eyes were on the Alibaba results. For a week speculation was rife that Alibaba … [Read More...]


An All-Click-No-Mortar Approach to China’s Fast Fashion Market

Chinese fast fashion brand Handuyishe is beating well-established rivals by focusing exclusively on e-commerce. Why is that a good strategy? In China Alibaba is a force in itself. Alibaba’s massive e-commerce … [Read More...]


Can ShenQi Help Lenovo Conquer the Chinese Smartphone Market?

By keeping start-up ShenQi at arm’s length, parent company Lenovo is hoping to get ahead of nimble rivals in the ultracompetitive Chinese smartphone market. An interview with CEO Chen Xudong. If you are familiar … [Read More...]


Homeward Bound: Chinese Sea Turtles Return to a New Reality

Long the purveyors of advanced skills and knowledge, Chinese sea turtles, or overseas returnees, are now finding a different environment back home. Growing up in Mianyang, Stone Shi didn’t always fit into his … [Read More...]


Brave Old World: Managing the Older Workforce

Whether it’s the progress of technology, the rapid growth of the emerging markets, or the nature of capitalism to destroy and renew industries, the challenges of maturity have tended to be overlooked in recent … [Read More...]

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China Roundup: Apple China is Hot-Again

This week, Walmart bravely announced a massive expansion plan; Apple China bounced back; and Alibaba gave the YunOS a renewed push. Walmart to Accelerate Expansion in China There are currently 411 Walmart stores … [Read More...]


Brave Old World: Leading the Mature Company

Whether it’s the progress of technology, the rapid growth of the emerging markets, or the nature of capitalism to destroy and renew industries, the challenges of maturity have tended to be overlooked in recent … [Read More...]


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 … [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 Development Bank. The … [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 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...]