China gains economic and financial power, but is still struggling to find its place in the world, writes China veteran Tom Doctoroff in the Huffington Post.”So China’s road to becoming a “soft” superpower will be long and rocky indeed,” he says.
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Innovation and China seemed have been at odds for a long time. But the country known for its copy-cats has made huge strides forward, and innovation has become a key feature in the country´s development. Not surprising, also speakers at the China Speakers Bureau reflect that important development.
From a cash country, where transactions were done by moving plastic bags with money between bank branches, China has turned into a leading force in fintech or financiel technology. Mobile payment are standard. Bitcoins and blockchain technology found in China early adopters. Social media have – more than anywhere in the world – adopted payment systems to facilitate online trade.
China’s consumers are becoming increasingly a force the rest of the world has to take into account, writes Beida business professor Jeffrey Towson at his weblog. Not only have Chinese more disposable income, they not only go for cheap offers, and regularly disrupt the world.
When Haier took over GE’s Appliances, US management feared the future. But the Chinese takeover is very different from the American style, they discovered. Western firms are victim of their traditional viewpoints, tells IMD-professor Bill Fischer, who studied Haier’s very different corporate style, to AP.
When Western companies discovered new management systems in Japan like Just-In-Time in the 1980s, they applied it fast,despite initial misgivings.But when they see now new ways of decentralizing corporate structures in Tencent and Haier, they are reluctant to take it serious, says Haier-watcher and IMD professor Bill Fischer at AP.
When China´s leading white goods producer Haier bought the appliances department of GE it caught the headlines. But the acquisition might not be as important as the underlying strategy to enter American homes, says IMD professor Bill Fischer, co-author of the book Reinventing Giants: How Chinese Global Competitor Haier Has Changed the Way Big Companies Transform to Bloomberg.
For long China has been displacing Western companies by cheaper products. But many have failed to see how this displacement has been overtaken by disruptive business models, writes IMD professor Bill Fischer in the Harvard Business Review.
Haier´s purchase of GE´s appliances and Midea´s efforts to get a bigger stake at Germany´s robotic company Kuka both reflect the challenges the giant Chinese firms face at home, says business analyst James Roy to Barron´s. Rising labor costs and slowing growth of domestic sales makes both look abroad.
Washing machines might not be as sexy as real estate and IT-investments, but China´s white good producers have also embarked on a global road, says business analyst James Roy to Reuters. Haier has been investing abroad for decades, but others are following.