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Vale Lee Kuan Yew

Vale Lee Kuan Yew

By on Mar 27, 2015 in Region, South East Asia

My thoughts are with my Singaporean friends as they deal with the enormous loss of their founder, Lee Kuan Yew. The outpouring of grief and display of respect and affection for this man who was the driving force behind not just the creation but also the shaping of Singapore is a reflection of Mr Lee’s achievements. I will not describe his myriad achievements here –...

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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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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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New Zealand’s Key Called It Right

New Zealand’s Key Called It Right

By on Jun 27, 2014 in North Asia, Region

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key made news in New York last week when he stated that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement should be concluded without Japan if that nation continued to drag its feet on agricultural reform. He’s right. Japan was a late-comer to the negotiations primarily because of a very strongly protectionist agricultural industry....

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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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