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The Changing Face of Innovation in China

Foreign companies must retool their R&D strategies to keep pace with newly innovative Chinese enterprises.

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Lessons From China’s Digital Battleground

This online exclusive article discusses why the dramatic rise of China’s digital leaders has put the squeeze on Western internet giants.

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How to Compete Against the New Breed of National Champions

Competing against state-subsidized competitors in global markets requires a new set of tactics.

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Making Global Connections Work

The Ability to Navigate the In-Between Spaces

Efforts to effectively connect decision-makers in large organizations across functions, divisions, and business units — not to mention with other companies, governments, and other external stakeholders — usually require organizational innovations. Several key leadership attributes are necessary for this to work. They include the ability to navigate the gaps not covered by specialists, a record of following through and getting things done, and knowledge of other cultures, including the ability to speak multiple languages.

The Unique Challenges of Cross-Boundary Collaboration

Technology has made business more globally connected than ever before. This is especially true for innovation projects, where diverse experts bring their specialized knowledge to play. But there’s a hitch: Many of today’s team projects have built-in hurdles because of differing communication styles, cultures, and professional norms. Leading this kind of “extreme teaming,” which often involves complicated hierarchies of power, demands both curiosity and humility.

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Global Operations

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Why High-Tech Commoditization Is Accelerating

Knowledge embedded in today’s production and design tools is a powerful force that is leveling the global technology playing field.

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Automating Supply Chain Resilience Should Be High on Your Digital Agenda

Advanced risk identification tools require companies to take a new approach to supply chain resilience.

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Sustainable Procurement Requires Perseverance

Meeting your sustainability commitments requires long-term thinking and strategy.

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Know Your 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.

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Leading Global Companies

Leading to Become Obsolete

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Haier CEO Zhang Ruimin is transforming a manufacturing giant into a platform for entrepreneurship.

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Global Business and Global Climate

Defining ’Material’ Climate Risks

March 16, 2017 | Bob Eccles and Lois Guthrie

Companies know climate change is relevant to their businesses, but they don’t address it in corporate reports because corporate leaders don’t believe it’s material to their business. The effects of climate change are beyond their planning horizon, they think, or they just aren’t clear whether or how climate change might be a material business risk. The Financial Stability Board (FSB) is hoping to change that.