Kevin Nolan is President and Chief Executive Officer of GE Appliances, a subsidiary of Haier, the world’s largest appliance manufacturer. Here he discusses the integration of GE Appliances into Haier and the opportunities it creates.
Why are more and more companies—from Accenture to Deloitte—jettisoning the dreaded practice of the annual performance review.
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 years. Now, however, with many economies slowing down and the world’s population getting progressively grayer, this may need to change. In this series, we look at what it takes for businesses to navigate their middle years. In part 1, we explore what it takes to lead a mature company.
Bill Fischer, author of Reinventing Giants, on how CEO Zhang Ruimin transformed Haier from a lumbering giant into the world’s largest white goods manufacturer—and a world-class brand. China has never been at the forefront of management innovation. Whenever you talk of management innovation, the companies that come to mind are GE, Procter and Gamble, Whole […]
How serious is air pollution in China and how is the country addressing it at a policy level? Also, what kind of business opportunities is this creating? A comprehensive look. If you live in China, chances are the one thing you’d be most concerned about is the level of PM2.5 in the air. PM2.5, or particulate matter […]
How virtual organizations are changing the social operating system. Prosecutions for online thievery and piracy may grab headlines, but there is another side to the civilizing of the cyber-frontier that may be more significant in the long run–the new systems of organization and self-governance that are enabling people to work together on the internet and […]
Texas A&M’s Venkatesh Shankar on how emerging markets are reshaping the global innovation architecture. The year 2007 marked a major turning point for General Electric Corporation (GE). For the very first time, in GE’s more than century-old history, the company earned more from its operations outside of the US, than within. That, as the company revealed, […]
Chinese companies ramp up training by setting up in-house universities to retain talent A couple of students sit outside a state-of-the-art training facility enjoying their break over a cup of coffee in a chic café resembling a luxury version of Starbucks. Soon they will go back inside and sit behind their desks in modern classrooms, […]
Innovation communities will push the boundaries of Open Innovation, says Henry Chesbrough, the proponent of this revolutionary idea in management.
MNCs in China are facing more difficulties amidst increasing competition, and they feel they are losing advantage. How can they find their way out of this? In December, French dairy giant Danone SA announced its suspension of its Shanghai yogurt production factory, although it will continue operations of its Beijing factory. A spokesperson for the […]