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Negotiating With Chinese Investors

Chinese companies are increasingly investing overseas — and bring a different negotiating style.

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The Unique Challenges of Cross-Boundary Collaboration

Leading teams with complicated hierarchies of power demands both curiosity and humility.

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The Five Steps All Leaders Must Take in the Age of Uncertainty

Leaders must move beyond managing their own firms to become active influencers within broader systems.

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Working in a Global System

Harnessing the Best of Globalization

September 13, 2016 | William R. Kerr

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.

Doing Business In Asia

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Sustainable Global Supply Chains

Does Your Supply Chain Risk Management Strategy Hold Water?

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.

Sustainable Procurement Requires Perseverance

Your company’s commitment to sustainability depends on finding sustainable suppliers. What if there aren’t any? Such situations may arise more often than not — so keeping your commitment to a sustainable supply chain may mean taking a long view by making incremental improvements and encouraging suppliers to examine and change their own practices.

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Strategies for Emerging Markets

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Engaging With Startups in Emerging Markets

Partnering with emerging-market startups is easier if four key factors can be addressed.

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Mastering the Market Intelligence Challenge

Multinationals need to start viewing market intelligence as a strategic asset in emerging markets.

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Developing New Products in Emerging Markets

A successful innovation developed by Cisco’s R&D unit in India offers practical insights.

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Data Security for Multinationals

The Coming Consumer Data Wars

August 2, 2017 | Thierry Mennesson

With tough new EU regulations on data security coming in 2018, global companies will soon be faced with a choice: Protect consumers’ data and reap the rewards of having access to it, or face the competitive consequences of consumer distrust. But companies caught unprepared for the change may lose the privilege of keeping consumers’ data altogether.