China Roundup: In 2014 the China GDP figure hit a 24-year low

This week, all eyes were on the 2014 China GDP figure, which at 7.4% was lower than the target of 7.5%; Tencent created a mini ad frenzy on WeChat; and LeTV’s electric car plans inched a step closer to fruition. China’s GDP and the debate over easing The guessing game is finally over: China’s official gross domestic product (GDP) grew 7.4% in 2014—the lowest rate since 1990, according to the official statistics released on Tuesday. It’s also the first time in more than two decades that China missed its growth target, which was set at 7.5% last year. Yet Beijing is trying to tell the world not to panic—during a speech at the 2015 meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, … [Read More...]


China’s GDP: The Big Number

In 2014, China's GDP grew at 7.4%, the slowest in the last 24 years. A look at China's GDP as a proportion of global GDP over the years. China's GDP (gross domestic product), and the rate at which … [Read More...]


Has the Shanghai Free Trade Zone Lived Up to Its Promise?

A year on from its debut, we examine the hits and the misses of the Shanghai Free Trade Zone. The run-up to the launch of the China (Shanghai) … [Read More...]


Is There a Chinese Silicon Valley?

As China seeks to innovate and upgrade its economy, has it developed any region that can definitively be called the Chinese Silicon Valley? The … [Read More...]


China Roundup: Lei Jun on the Xiaomi Note, innovation and smart homes

This week, Lei Jun triggered memories of Steve Jobs at the launch of the new Xiaomi Note where he also discussed the company’s future; taxi-hailing … [Read More...]


Amazon China: A Lightweight

Amazon China is redoubling its efforts, but will it succeed at the second attempt in the country's hyper-competitive e-commerce sector? If Amazon … [Read More...]


When your Bank Interest is a Basketful of Vegetables

CKGSB professor Brian Viard on why Chinese banks are resorting to paying bank interest through Mercedes Benz cars, iPhones and even … [Read More...]

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Who will be the next superpower?

History shows that the world goes through cycles that repeat themselves. And from these cycles emerges the next superpower. The world is in … [Read More...]

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China Roundup: Is the Chinese Economy Rebalancing?

This week, Tencent launched China’s first private bank, local governments vowed to crack down on ride-hailing apps, and with China set to miss its … [Read More...]


China’s Taxi Apps Fight it Out: Didi Dache vs Kuaidi Dache

In China rival taxi apps are engaged in a fierce battle, and Tencent-backed Didi Dache and Alibaba-backed Kuaidi Dache are burning cash in a bid to … [Read More...]


Yidao Yongche: Is China’s Uber Better than Uber?

In just about three years, Yidao Yongche has carved a niche for itself in China’s car rental market. And now it is going global. When American … [Read More...]


“Women Can Have it All – Just Not At the Same Time”

Finding a better work-life balance depends on setting clearer priorities. Women everywhere face the challenge of juggling their responsibilities at … [Read More...]


Can women have it all?

Can women have it all? Pepsi CEO Indra Nooyi famously disagreed. And this is why she is right. These days, the demanding schedules of many … [Read More...]

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How well did you follow Chinese business news in 2014? Find out

Our little year-end quiz will tell you if you are up-to-date on Chinese business news ranging from Alibaba's mega IPO to China's economic growth. Go … [Read More...]


The glass ceiling in China: is it getting thinner or thicker?

What does the prominence of successful business women, despite pressures from society and family, say about the glass ceiling in China? Family … [Read More...]


China Roundup: Why Dalian Wanda’s Wang Jianlin is not the richest man in China

This week, CEO Wang Jianlin missed the opportunity to become the richest man in China when the much awaited Dalian Wanda IPO turned out to be a damp … [Read More...]


Crafting Winning Negotiation Strategies

Stuart Diamond, author of Getting More, on the negotiation strategies that will help you seal the deal—and achieve much more. Whether it is getting … [Read More...]


Uber in China: In for the Long Haul?

Uber has plunged headlong into China’s immensely complex and hypercompetitive transportation and taxi app market. Can it win? Uber, the world’s … [Read More...]


China Roundup: Baidu invests in Uber and the BYD stock price tumbles

This week, the BYD stock price fell sharply, as did Geely's; Baidu invested in ride-sharing company Uber; and China’s factory activity slowed … [Read More...]


Can Patents Disrupt Xiaomi’s Dream Run?

As it pushes for internationalization, what is Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi up against? China’s hottest smartphone maker Xiaomi is in the hot … [Read More...]


Gary Hamel: “Innovation is the Only Insurance against Irrelevance”

For three decades strategy guru Gary Hamel has been stressing upon the need to make innovation a systemic capability, but have organizations done … [Read More...]


The Gary Hamel Interview: Unleashing another Revolution

Gary Hamel, the Godfather of Management 2.0, on reengineering the DNA of organizations based on, among other things, the principles of … [Read More...]

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Tesla China: Charging Up!

Having finally brought its innovative technology here, Tesla China now faces the challenge of making it work in the worldʼs largest auto market. In … [Read More...]


China Roundup: Taxi App Didi Dache Gets a $700 million Warchest

This week, Chinese taxi app Didi Dache secured funding of more than $700 million, easily the biggest private investment in China’s mobile internet … [Read More...]


Is Mobile the Future of Banking?

Mobile banking is proving to be a disruptive force for more traditional branch banking. What is the future of banking as we know it—and the future of … [Read More...]


Railroaded? The Logic Behind Merging Two Chinese Train Manufacturers

Examining the possible reasons behind the merger of two Chinese train manufacturers, China CNR Corp. and CSR Corp. On September 4 China’s … [Read More...]


Women on Corporate Boards: Ladies Last

Boards are integrating, slowly. But so far the proportion of women on corporate boards is still minuscule.  This is the second article in our … [Read More...]


China Statistics: R&D spending, Automobile Sales and Bad Loans

The China statistics you need to know: from data on growth in R&D spending to flagging automobile sales and China's precious metal exports. All … [Read More...]

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China Roundup: Xiaomi’s ‘Smart’ Moves; and NDRC’s attempt to tackle pollution

This week, smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi made new moves in the wearable technology space; Tencent signed a deal to boost its K-pop quotient; and NDRC … [Read More...]

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The CKGSB Business Conditions Index: Tempered Optimism

The CKGSB Business Conditions Index shows that after a challenging year, Chinese entrepreneurs have regained some of their confidence, but only … [Read More...]


CKGSB Knowledge Winter 2014 Issue: China Embraces the Sharing Economy

The Winter 2014 issue of CKGSB Knowledge is out! It has articles and interviews like: COVER STORY: No Purchase Necessary: The sharing economy has … [Read More...]


The High Cost of Discrimination

Why the cost of discrimination in terms of race, gender or sexual orientation is so high, and why prejudice makes us all poorer. This is Part 1 of … [Read More...]

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China Roundup: Shanghai Composite Index Touches a High and the Tencent-Alibaba Battle

This week, the Shanghai Composite Index reached a 40-month peak; experts speculated on future PBOC rate cuts, following last week’s interest rate cut … [Read More...]


Chinese Outbound Investment in Entertainment: Pass Me the Popcorn!

In our last infographic of the Chinese outbound investment series, this week, we are focusing on China’s burgeoning entertainment … [Read More...]


Tom Doctoroff on Marketing in the Digital Era

Tom Doctoroff, CEO, J. Walter Thompson Asia Pacific, on why marketers need to embrace the digital era without forgetting the fundamentals of … [Read More...]

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The Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect Program: A Damp Squib?

The long awaited Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect Program is finally here. But is it living up to its lofty goals? After several delays, the … [Read More...]


Coke’s Secret Formula: Cultural Equity

University of Minnesota's Carlos Torelli on how Coca-Cola and Elvis leveraged cultural equity to create brand loyalty. Why is Coke more popular … [Read More...]


China Roundup: Alibaba Bonds; and the China-Australia FTA

This week, we saw the debut of Alibaba's bonds, the new China-Australia FTA, and China’s factory output shrank thanks to the APEC conference. Output … [Read More...]


Easing monetary policy won’t save China’s industrial economy

China’s economy is facing headwinds, but is easing monetary policy going to reverse the momentum? For many China analysts, that seems to be … [Read More...]


Chinese Outbound Investment in Technology: Bits, Bytes, and All Things Tech

Our infographic series on Chinese Outbound Investment is back this week. Previously we explored China’s outbound investment in the real estate, … [Read More...]


Renewable Energy in China: Finding Green Profits

Is renewable energy in China a good investment option? We look at which of China's green investment areas offers the best return. In 2013, China … [Read More...]

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China roundup: APEC agreements; Alibaba’s Single’s Day Sale Booty; and a New Bankruptcy Law

This week, the much awaited APEC conference came to a close, Alibaba netted more than $9.3 billion in Single's Day sales; and Xiaomi announced its … [Read More...]