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Governments as Facilitators of Value Creation

Free markets and free minds require access to new ideas, innovation, and infrastructure.

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Five Insights From Davos on the Future of Work

At the 2019 gathering of the World Economic Forum, re-skilling and flexible work took center stage.

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Understanding China’s Next Wave of Innovation

Thousands of emerging innovators in China pose a threat to established multinationals.

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MIT SMR Strategy Forum: China

For Western Companies, Has China Lost Its Appeal?

This month’s MIT SMR Strategy Forum poll looks at whether China remains an integral growth opportunity for Western multinational companies — or whether other emerging markets or technology ventures have become more attractive in the face of increasing competition and trade issues.

Supply Chain Theory

Uncertainty

Why Supply Chains Must Pivot

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In an uncertain world, supply chains must adopt flexibility and automation to gain sustainable advantage.

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Can Your Supply Chain Hear Me Now?

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Conversational commerce has the potential to transform the business supply chain.

Using Data Science to Avoid Global Pricing Chaos

Five steps to make sure your data and analytics efforts pay off in the long term.

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IT Security and Strategy

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Mintzberg on Globalization

We Must Keep Globalization in Its Place: The Marketplace

October 18, 2018 | Henry Mintzberg

It’s remarkable how many people line up either for or against globalization and then dismiss the other side. Who’s right? Neither. We should all be lining up for and against globalization, to retain what is constructive about it while challenging what has become destructive. We need to keep globalization in its place — the marketplace, where it creates value — while keeping it out of the public space, where it has become increasingly destructive.

The Digital Face of China

Learning From China’s Digital Disrupters

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Digital newcomers who understand their consumers can change the economic status quo. This has been true in China and its banking industry in recent years. The financial arms of Alibaba have used powerful consumer experience insights from their digital ecosystems — and altered the nature of competition for incumbents in the process.

Lessons From China’s Digital Battleground

The explosive growth of the digital market in China, a country with more than 700 million internet users, provides rich opportunities. So why have so few of the leading Western players succeeded in this market? One reason is the dramatic rise of China’s digital leaders, which has put the squeeze on Western internet giants. If Western players want to get back in the game, they must learn quickly.

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How to Thrive in Emerging Markets

Mastering the Market Intelligence Challenge

December 5, 2016 | Murali D.R. Chari, Kimberlee Luce, and Inder Thukral

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.