Category: Society

Building a better government affairs function in China

New standards for the clinical and regulatory approval of foreign drugs and treatments in China’s pharmaceutical market are clouding revenue projections for multinational drugmakers, but they also represent an opportunity. A closer look at the regulatory challenges multinational pharmaceutical companies...

/ August 24, 2016

NGO law alters course for foreign education

China’s recently released law regulating foreign non-governmental organizations (NGOs) raised fresh doubts about foreign investment into higher education. The law, which takes effect in January,regulates educational institutions with operations in China and affects the entry strategy of new investors.

/ August 22, 2016

Holding up Half the Sky? Assessing the Current State of Female Employment in China

Female employment in China used to be moving in a positive direction. In the late 1970s, almost 10 years after Chairman Mao famously remarked that “women hold up half the sky,” about 90 percent of working-age women in cities were...

/ August 19, 2016

Who do China CEOs report to?

To operate at their best, global cross-border companies require clear and effective regional-reporting lines for senior leaders. This is particularly true for multinational companies (MNCs) operating in China given the country’s size and complexity as a market, as well as...

/ August 15, 2016

Preventing a leadership crisis in Asia’s talent pipeline

Scarce—and in some cases, unprepared—management talent hampers some multinational companies’ growth ambitions in Asia. Therefore, it is vital for companies to develop a pipeline of prospective leaders. Failing to plan in advance could leave critical positions temporarily unfilled, something that...

Eyes Wide Open: Broader Due Diligence for a More Complex China Market

Due diligence is the process of investigating the background of a company or individual before entering a formal business relationship. This traditionally focuses on financial, legal, and reputational aspects of the subject company and its principals. Reputational (or integrity) due...

/ August 8, 2016

HealthTech VC Funding Quadrupled in Four Years to $4.5 Billion; Crowdfunding on the Rise

Healthcare delivery is poised for a radical change. The unparalleled ability to collect, mine, and analyse health data; the increasing sophistication of bio-sensors; and the exponential rise in the use of smartphones provide opportunities to reconsider how to efficiently provide...

/ July 25, 2016

China’s Incomplete Growth Strategy

China’s economic growth has been slowing for six years. Eager to stem the longer than expected slide, Chinese government officials and economists have sought an effective policy response. Last November, they officially placed the blame on long-term supply-side shortcomings, which...

/ July 22, 2016

The Changing Landscape of China’s Manufacturing Sector

The relentless momentum of investors turning their sights toward China has softened as slowing growth and stock market volatility cause alarm among observers. In 2015, foreign direct investment (FDI) into China’s manufacturing sector came in at $39.54 billion, a slight...

/ July 15, 2016

Up in Smoke: Why China has Banned Foreign Investment in Tobacco

China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) recently announced regulations barring foreign investment in the country’s enormous tobacco industry, blocking foreign-invested enterprises and individual businesses from participating in tobacco wholesale, retail, and alternative forms of trading. These new restrictions...

/ July 13, 2016