Category Archives: consulting

Regulators start to punish auditors – Paul Gillis

China’s auditing regulators have issued temporary bans for the Chinese affiliate of BDO and Ruihua, the Chinese affiliate of both Crowe Horwath and RSM, over the past few months. Harsh measures to get auditing firms in line, even for international standards. Beida auditing professor Paul Gillis has his doubts, he writes at his weblog.

New technology is not enough to sell cars – Tom Doctoroff

Lynk & CO and NIO both launched their first production models at the Shanghai auto show in April, but the question is whether new technology is enough to sell their cars. Branding expert Tom Doctoroff says to Wardsauto that the newcomers on this market need a bit more to succeed.

Health food: moving to more open supervision – Mark Schaub

The China Food and Drug Administration (“CFDA”) has released in April a draft regulation for supervision of so-called health food. Shanghai-based lawyer Mark Schaub of King & Wood Mallesons sees it as an open way to discuss a new system of filing, and less registration, he writes in Lexology.

China: the land of the soft openings – Ian Johnson

Western analysts often miss the point, when they look at the way China conducts business, says China watcher Andrew Batson at his weblog, and he points at an interesting aside in Ian Johnson’s book The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao , when he writes about soft openings in China. Case in point: comments on China’s One-Belt, One-Road initiative. Batson: ” It’s already clear it’s the China book of the year.”

Japan’s IKEA might not sell in China – Shaun Rein

Japan’s discount-furniture king, Akio Nitori, dubbed the country’s IKEA, now wants to export its success into the region’s largest market: China. Business analyst Shaun Rein doubts whether their Japan success can be copied into China, he tells Bloomberg.

Chinese: the world’s smartest shoppers – Tom Doctoroff

Chinese belong to the smartest shoppers of this planet, says branding guru Tom Doctoroff. They do not mind to pay a premium, as long as there is a good value proposition. “They seek both reassurance and inspiration” from brands, he says. And if a brand like Apple does not offer a new phone this year, they will just wait, hurting Apple in its revenue.

Why China’s health care apps are failing – Jeffrey Towson

Thousands of mobile apps have tried to tap into the poorly organized health care system in China. They failed, despite massive funding, says Beida business professor Jeffrey Towson at his weblog, because the developers knew more about mobile phones than about health care. Health care is modernizing, he writes, but government supervision hampers speed.

What to do when you fail in China – Jeffrey Towson

Carlsberg and Ford are two Western companies who were on they way down in China, but managed to renew themselves. Beida Business professor Jeffrey Towson uses on his website their examples to explain what companies can do to change their China operation for the better to draw some important lessons. (With a sidestep to Nanjing Fiat)

Franchising is key for Yum! in China – Jeffrey Towson

Yum! China has been spun-off and needs a solid strategy to grow in China. Franchising is such a key strategy, writes Beida business professor Jeffrey Towson on his weblog. ” This is exactly what 3G Capital has done since acquiring Burger King.”

Why our startups do not focus on the US, yet – William Bao Bean

Shanghai-based VC William Bao Bean explains why the China startups he supports focus on South-East Asia and Eastern Europe, rather than the US. “We are trying to break the grip of Google and Facebook on startups.”