I took a few days off recently in Cambridge, UK, taking a punt on the River Cam and revisiting my old rooms near St. John’s College ‘Bridge of Sighs’ and walking on the Backs…sweet nostalgia. I also[...]..
Although Myanmar is a resource-rich country, the economy is one of the least developed in the world. With the lifting of sanctions by the West following Aung San Sui Kyi’s release, more investment and development opportunities are opening up. But[...]..
A recent survey by business advisers Alix Partners found that 25 per cent of lawyers and executives of multinationals avoided China and the Middle East for fear of corruption. However, the same report revealed that 54 per cent of executives[...]..
The main business-related cross-cultural difference between the West and Asia is the importance of the long-term business relationship. What the Chinese call guanxi (relationship) is at the heart of most Asian business deals (even though the Chinese think it is[...]..
Malaysia has a population of almost 29 million people divided into Malays (68 per cent), Chinese (25 per cent), and Indian (7 per cent). Almost 60 per cent of the population is Muslim, with the rest being Buddhist, Taoist, Christian[...]..
What is competitive intelligence and why is it important for Asia business success, for example doing business in China? According to Wikipedia, “A broad definition of competitive intelligence (CI) is the action of defining, gathering, analyzing, and distributing intelligence about[...]..
The old financial year is out and the new financial year is in. This is the perfect time for you to consider your Asia business partnerships going forward. What’s your big plan? What’s the big strategy for the year coming,[...]..
ONE THING differentiates almost all Western business people that are successful in Asia, including Thailand. They’ve learned to see the culture of the country in which they’re a visitor from another viewpoint to their own. For example, doing business in[...]..