South East Asia

Insights by the Scalabilty Group on the current market conditions and future trends in South East Asia

Malaysia’s Mess

Malaysia’s Mess

By on Aug 11, 2015 in South East Asia

Just what is going on in Malaysia right now is anyone’s guess. A huge amount of money that might be a political donation is apparently sitting in the Prime Minister’s accounts. If it is a donation, someone has been fairly generous – at USD$700 million it’s almost hefty enough to fund an entire US presidential campaign, let alone fund an incumbent prime...

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Indonesia – Retail Rising

Indonesia – Retail Rising

By on Jun 11, 2015 in South East Asia

While the western press has been emphasising the scale of the task facing anti-corruption reformers, reporting the challenges faced by a president whose origins are remote from traditional sources of power and commenting unfavourably on aspects of the country’s enforcement of its criminal courts’ sentences, Indonesia has been progressing on its journey as an...

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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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Jokowi – Audacity of Hope Meets “Work, Work, Work”

Jokowi – Audacity of Hope Meets “Work, Work, Work”

By on Nov 1, 2014 in South East Asia

New “outsider” president, lots of rhetoric about hope and change. Will Joko Widodo end up as Indonesia’s Barak Obama? A smooth, democratic transition of executive power, a new broadly technocrat cabinet whose nominees were first vetted by 2 anti-corruption bodies and a new popular (and possibly populist) president are very positive developments for Indonesia, and...

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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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