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Featured Global Business Articles

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Rethinking the East Asian Leadership Gap

Western multinationals looking for East Asian leaders may need to explore their cultural biases.

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Why China Is the World’s Innovation Role Model

China continues to be the best place to go to learn how to make ideas commercially viable.

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The Need for Culture Neutrality

As firms work with increasingly diverse arrays of people, they need to adopt leadership standards that cross geographies.

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Keys to Global Business Success

Mastering the Market Intelligence Challenge

A shortage of reliable information is common in emerging markets. Because such markets are heterogeneous, the sources and methods for market intelligence require modification before they can be transferred from one emerging market to another. Market intelligence is thus best viewed and managed as a strategic asset that multinationals should invest in keeping up to date.

Harnessing the Best of Globalization

Globalization offers significant opportunities, yet most companies approach key decisions haphazardly. Although the complexity of globalization means managers rarely can fully analyze a global business opportunity before they need to act, the basic tensions in global business models are straightforward. A simple analysis of global ventures along these dimensions can help entrepreneurs develop clearer expectations and decision-making processes.

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Global Partnerships

Competing Through Joint Innovation

December 12, 2016 | Manuel Hensmans

Even as multinationals struggle to make inroads in emerging markets, companies from those markets are finding ways to compete in Europe and the U.S. A case in point is Huawei, a Chinese telecommunications company, which has used strategic partnerships to gain ground in Europe. Huawei’s overseas expansion closely resembles the strategy the company used to build its position in China: Start at the perimeter and work toward the center.

Doing Business in Emerging Markets

The New Mission for Multinationals

Across a broad swath of industries, multinationals are losing ground in emerging markets to local players.

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The Future of Business in Asia

The Next Wave of Business Models in Asia

December 8, 2016 | Asher Devang, Christian Kruse, Andy Parker, and Pontus Siren

The first wave of innovation from emerging markets in Asia has been predicated on the replication of existing business models at lower cost. The second wave, which could be even more disruptive than the first, fundamentally reimagines various facets of the business model to find new, often digitally enabled, ways in which resources and processes can be leveraged. Such companies identify creative ways for partners, stakeholders, and customers to be involved in value creation and capture.