Category Archives: consulting

Labor: China’s massive challenge – Ben Cavender

Rising wages have already put China in the same cost-league as Portugal and South-Africa, forcing manufacturers to low-wage countries. But that is only one challenge for a major shift in the labor market, says business analyst Ben Cavender to CNBC.

A business model helps successful app Meitu – Jeffrey Towson

Meitu, with 450 million users a leader in China’s selfie apps and a growing following overseas, helps to beautify those selfies. But having a good idea is not enough, says Peking business professor Jeffrey Towson to AFP. Having a business model helps.

Shaun Rein: daring thinker, say Australia´s CPA´s

Leading business analyst Shaun Rein has been selected by CPA´s in Australia as on of the top-10 daring thinkers of 2016. Author of The End of Copycat China: The Rise of Creativity, Innovation, and Individualism in Asia, his thoughts on China´s innovative road into the future has triggered off his selection, reports InTheBlack.com.

Big Four: hit by financial crisis and domestic competition – Paul Gillis

Accounting professor Paul Gillis dives further into the demise of the Big Four accounting firms in China, at his weblog. After a successful entry into the China market, both the financial crisis and domestic competition wiped away whatever advantage they had.

Fashion brands: caught between global and local aspirations – Shaun Rein

Western fashion brands have a hard time succeeding in China. Getting local was the old mantra, but as globetrotting Chinese find a difference between localized products and their global appeal, they also have a problem, says branding expert Shaun Rein to Reuters.

Why did Expedia and Morgan Stanley fail in China – Jeffrey Towson

Failing foreign companies are all too common in China. Peking University business professor Jeffrey Towson dives into two specific cases, trying to learn from the mistakes by Expedia and Morgan Stanley, at his LinkedIn page.

Jeffrey Towson joins China Speakers Bureau

Jeffrey Towson, a business professor at Peking University business professor and best-selling author and expert on how Chinese consumers and competitors are disrupting global markets has joined the China Speakers Bureau.

Uber did things right in China, but still lost – Kaiser Kuo

Uber learned much from the failures of other American internet companies who tried to enter the China market, but still failed. China veteran Kaiser Kuo looks in ChinaFile at the competitive market in China, making it almost impossible for foreign internet companies to gain substantial market share.

Yum: selling fast food in a contrary market – James Roy

Yum, with brands like Pizzahut and KFC, had a hard time because of food scandals. But worse is, says retail analyst James Roy to Bloomberg, that increasingly heath-conscious consumers do not want their food anymore.

New rules take failing auditors off the hook – Paul Gillis

The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) will demand companies to identify senior partners of auditors who perform audits from January 31, 2017. But that means also that auditors responsible for hundreds of dodgy Chinese IPO´s in the US will never be identified, writes Beida accounting professor Paul Gillis on this weblog.