Category: Operations

Company operations of businesses with offices in China

The Pros and Cons of Franchising in China

US companies must jump hurdles to operate successful franchises in China, but the potential benefits are too great to ignore.

/ July 1, 2011

Understanding Chinese Consumers

Older consumers may value price over quality, but younger generations are increasingly willing to pay premiums for higher-end products.by Yujun QiuSince China started its “reform and opening” policy in 1978, its economy has expanded rapidly, and most leading international retailers...

/ July 1, 2011

New Talent Outlook

A recent survey of mid- to senior-level managers in China shows they have rising ambitions—and a desire to balance work with home life.by Christine Raynaud and Chris WatkinsIs there still a talent war in China? A recent MRI China Group...

/ April 1, 2011

China’s Property and Casualty Insurance Market Set to Take Off

China’s insurance market is expanding steadily, and foreign companies must build up their operations to remain competitive. by Eric Zheng At a property insurance policy meeting in Shanghai, an insurance company representative asked a policy holder whether he would renew...

/ April 1, 2011

A New Labor Era: Higher Costs and Greater Pressures

Recent labor unrest may bring more challenges ahead for foreign companies operating or investing in China. by Luming Chen and Samuel Estreicher A series of labor conflicts erupted in China in 2010. Various foreign-invested factories concentrated in China’s coastal areas...

Effective Public Relations in China

Communications strategists must consider China’s media, market forces, and government structure to get their message across effectively. by Gregory P. Gilligan Communicating a message effectively in China requires understanding the subtly moving parts of the country’s complex operating environment. Government-controlled...

/ January 1, 2011

Social Media in China: The Same, but Different

As Chinese consumers spend more time online, foreign companies should deepen their knowledge of domestic social media platforms. By Thomas Crampton Much has been written of late about the PRC government’s efforts to control and censor the Internet. The government’s...

/ January 1, 2011

Advertising in a New Age of Media

The rise of digital media will require traditional media platforms to restrategize and will open new opportunities for advertisers. by Lucy Zhang China presents one of the most exciting and challenging media markets in the world. Because of the country’s...

/ January 1, 2011

Understand and Tap Into China’s Digital Generations

China’s expanding digital media and e-commerce markets offer opportunities for companies that understand the country’s Internet users.by David C. Michael and Yvonne ZhouChina has more than 420 million Internet users—more than the United States and Japan combined. This number, however,...

Unionization and Collective Bargaining: New Tools for Social Harmony

As the PRC government renews its unionization campaign, companies must prepare to respond to greater labor pressures.by K. Lesli Ligorner and Todd Shengqiang LiaoAll is no longer quiet on the unionization front. After putting its unionization drive on hold in...