Are you among those who worry about where their products come from? So you prefer to shell out an extra buck for fair trade coffee instead of a regular cup of joe. You look for the Fairtrade certification when you buy clothes. But what about your phone? Fairphone, an Amsterdam-headquartered company, is selling phones on the premise that they are made from conflict-free minerals. Is that a compelling proposition for customers? Will they pick an ethically produced phone over an iPhone which has greater functionality, more aspiration value and a style quotient?
The price you are able to command for your services doesn’t just depend on how much customer value you create.
The networked organization has changed how business innovates—but will the new system last?
As China changes, companies are being forced to adopt China Plus One strategies and look at other countries for manufacturing.
How the growing use of robots in China will impact different sectors of the economy, as well as the country’s robot makers.
This week, figures from the HSBC/Markit PMI implied that the Chinese economy might finally be on the path to the much-need structural change; local government financing got a new breather; and Baidu launched its Google Glass competitor, Baidu Eye. The Broader Picture Last week, a flash Purchasing Manager Index (PMI) reading from HSBC and Markit […]
The government is preparing to throw billions into urbanization in China, but has it thought through the hardware challenges? Perhaps the most striking way to take in China’s startling urbanization is to sit in front of a computer and click through to Google’s Earth Engine. A search for Shanghai on the website brings up time-lapsed images […]
The state of the Chinese economy: the latest CKGSB Business Conditions Index shows that business are gearing up for growth Business sentiments seen to be warming thanks to better-than-expected economic data released in October and November, and optimism surrounding the Third Plenary Session of the 18th Communist Party of China Central Committee. Each month CKGSB’s Case […]
China’s labor costs are soaring even as the economy slows. How are companies responding? It was a tactic designed to grab headlines, and it succeeded. In late June, workers at a medical parts factory in Beijing held hostage Chip Starnes, a visiting American executive, demanding that he provide better compensation. The company’s employees guarded exits, […]
How will the progress of IT and automation change the future of work? In 1988, Harvard Business School Professor Shoshana Zuboff predicted that the working world was on the verge of a revolution in which many jobs would be “informated”-automated and computerized in ways that would greatly extend human capacities even as it dumbs-down the […]