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Mastering the Make-in-India Challenge

Some multinationals have a winning India strategy that involves both local and global value chains.

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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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Rethinking the East Asian Leadership Gap

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

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Multinational Strategy

Engaging With Startups in Emerging Markets

For large multinationals, forging effective partnerships with emerging-market startups is complicated. Traits that make startups attractive as partners also make it hard for large companies to engage with them. Looking at startups in India, China, and South Africa, researchers identify key factors inhibiting emerging market partnerships and offer strategies for addressing them.

Competing Through Joint Innovation

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.

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Resource Use and Global Supply Chains

Does Your Supply Chain Risk Management Strategy Hold Water?

December 22, 2016 | Alexis Bateman

Water’s deceptive abundance and low cost in many countries is not yet promoting responsible management within many companies. That needs to change, argues Alexis Bateman, director of the MIT Responsible Supply Chain Lab. “Increasingly stressed water resources represent a major threat to the integrity of global supply chains,” she writes. Mitigating or eliminating these risks will require action on multiple fronts.

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Anticipating Disruption in Global Markets

How to Prepare for a Brexit-Size Disruption

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August 23, 2016 | Yossi Sheffi

Many European companies didn’t have contingency plans if Britain decided to exit the EU, and now are playing catch-up. They shouldn’t have been caught off guard.