Category Archives: consulting

Ctrip: Airbnb’s real threat – Jeffrey Towson

Airbnb has a chance in China, unlike many other US companies in the past, argued Beida business professor Jeffrey Towson earlier in the Guardian. On his weblog he gives the US company six additional advises, including marrying into Tencent and Alibaba. Also, Airbnb’s real threat it the travel company Ctrip.

Business in China: hard but doable – Tom Doctoroff

Marketing guru Tom Doctoroff left China after two decades. For Mumbrella Asia he explains how doing business with China and the Chinese is different. “China marches to the beat of a very different drum,” he says.

Boycott: standard treatment for opponents – Shaun Rein

South-Korea was the latest country to suffer from economic boycott measures from China after it deployed THAAD missiles on its soil. Tourism backed out and Korean factories suffered surprise inspections. A standard procedure, says business analyst Shaun Rein to CBS. Norway, France, Japan, Taiwan and other suffered from similar boycotts.

China consumer: pickier than ever – Ben Cavender

Pleasing the China consumer has always been a challenge, but – as Tsingtao and Wanda discovered – consumers have become harder to get. Retail expert Ben Cavender nevertheless sees a lot of room for growth, he tells Reuters.

Doing business with China – Zhang Ying

Chinese investors are moving into the world, including Europe, and doing business has become easier, says RSM professor Zhang Ying. Often they know each other already from the past investments into China, and communication has become much easier, she tells at a website of the Spanish government.

Chinese management reform: shunned by the West – Bill Fischer

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.

Three China consumer predictions for 2017 – Jeffrey Towson

Chinese consumers are becoming a force to be reckoned with. Often erratic, but massive because of their size, says business professor Jeffrey Towson on this first #ChinaConsumer vlog. Three predictions on where to watch this force of the future on hyperadoption and mobile.

Tom Doctoroff joins Prophet

Tom Doctoroff has been appointed as senior partner at Prophet, a global brand and marketing consultancy, the company announced.

Previously he was for more than two decades working for JWT in China, lastly as its APAC CEO.

How hype and greed destroy the bike-renting business – Jeffrey Towson

As long as funds are flooding the bike-renting business, the dance will go on. But, warns Beida business professor Jeffrey Towson at his website, when the music stops, the dancing will be over. Consumers might be the winners, as long as the music plays.

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.