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The Perils of Attention From Headquarters

Visits from corporate headquarters to operations in markets such as China are often seen as unproductive.

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Closing the Trade Finance Sustainability Gap

Many companies have worked to make supply chains more environmentally sustainable. But there’s work yet to be done in the finance sector.

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Are Social Media’s Benefits Getting Lost in Translation?

For multinational companies, language barriers are a key obstacle to social business. Can a multilingual approach work?

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China’s Sustainable Growth Challenges

Integrated Reporting: Corporate Disclosure for China’s “New Normal”

March 24, 2015 | Robert G. Eccles and George Lee

The “new attitude” in China toward sustainable economic growth depends upon thoughtful management of six types of capital: natural resources, human resources, financial capital, manufacturing infrastructure, intellectual capital, and social relationships. Integrated reporting looks at the performance of all six types of capital and how the performance of each element is related to one another. The challenge for China: developing partnerships with business to make it work.

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International Supply Chains

Managers know that they should protect their supply chains from serious and costly disruptions. Here's how some are putting that into action.

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Talent Management for Global Businesses

Six Principles of Effective Global Talent Management

December 21, 2011 | Günter K. Stahl, Ingmar Björkman, Elaine Farndale, Shad S. Morris, Jaap Paauwe, Philip Stiles, Jonathan Trevor and Patrick Wright

Although organizations must pay attention to things like recruiting and performance management, competitive advantage in talent management doesn’t just come from identifying key activities and then implementing “best practices.” Rather, successful companies subscribe to six key principles: 1) alignment with strategy, 2) internal consistency, 3) cultural embeddedness, 4) management involvement, 5) balance of global and local needs and 6) employer branding through differentiation.

Business Savvy in Emerging Markets

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Accelerated Innovation: The New Challenge From China

Chinese companies are reengineering new product development in ways that reduce lead times.

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How Disruptive Will Innovations from Emerging Markets Be?

What happens when successful companies in emerging markets make the leap into more developed ones?

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Mobilizing for Growth in Emerging Markets

To reach the “next billion” consumers, multinational companies need to create new networks of local partners.

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Asia Pulp & Paper and Greenpeace: Building New Directions, Together

An unexpected partnership emerged when Asia Pulp negotiated with Greenpeace.