Greater China

Insights by the Scalabilty Group on the current market conditions and future trends in Greater China

The Culture Map

The Culture Map

By on Dec 29, 2014 in Greater China, North Asia, Region, Resources, South East Asia

Erin Meyer is an American professor at INSEAD who specialises in international and cross-cultural management. Her book “The Culture Map” provides business people with what is quite simply the best available guide to working or managing across cultures. A lot of Professor Meyer’s writing will sound familiar to students of Geert Hofstede, but her approach is broader,...

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Australia’s New FTAs – A Great Opportunity (If You’re Smart)

Australia’s New FTAs – A Great Opportunity (If You’re Smart)

By on Dec 20, 2014 in Greater China, North Asia

This week, Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade announced a January start for the implementation of the Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement, one of three free trade agreements signed this year by the Australian government. The Korea-Australia Free Trade Agreement came into effect this month, and the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement...

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Review: Trading Places

Review: Trading Places

By on Oct 20, 2014 in Greater China, North Asia, Region, Resources, South East Asia

Tim Harcourt, JW Nevile Fellow of Economics at the University of New South Wales Business School, combines great perception and intelligence with a friendly and approachable personality, so it should not be a surprise that “Trading Places: The Airport Economist’s Guide to International Business” manages to be a very enjoyable read, while imparting a mine of...

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Review: Winning in Emerging Markets

Review: Winning in Emerging Markets

By on Oct 3, 2014 in Greater China, Region, Resources, South East Asia

“ Winning in Emerging Markets: A Road Map for Strategy and Execution “  by Tarun Khanna and Krishna G Palepu is a very useful book. It is not a particularly long book at 215 pages, and despite its brevity it is not a particularly easy read. But you should read this book. The authors, both Harvard professors specialising in international business have provided a...

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Lessons from GSK’s Bitter Pill

Lessons from GSK’s Bitter Pill

By on Sep 21, 2014 in Greater China, North Asia

The judgement is in and Chinese authorities have fined GSK the equivalent of USD$458 million for bribing doctors to prescribe and purchase their products. The fine is alleged to be a sum equal to the amount that GSK bribed. In addition, the company’s China head and four other executives have been sentenced to prison terms, although these have been suspended to...

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Ethics 101 (?): The GSK Saga Continues

Ethics 101 (?): The GSK Saga Continues

By on May 14, 2014 in Greater China, Region

Almost a year since the scandal broke, Chinese authorities have now directly accused GlaxoSmithKline’s head of China Operations (at the time) of direct involvement in the bribery and corruption case that has enmeshed GSK’s Chinese subsidiary. The UK national is accused of directly ordering bribery “on a large scale”. Our previous commentary has centered on issues of...

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