Category Archives: innovation

Moving up the value chain – Shaun Rein

China will remain a manufacturing base, but will have to move up the value chain, argues author Shaun Rein of The End of Cheap China,
in AsiaPacific in answering three questions. Where will we see most innovation in China?

Haier “insanely curious” – Bill Fischer

Haier, China’s famous electronics firm who started already to go global in the 1990s, is “insanely curious”, tells IMD professor Bill Fischer in the Business Spectator. Fischer is the co-author of a new book on innovative strategies Reinventing Giants: How Chinese Global Competitor Haier Has Changed the Way Big Companies Transform.

WeChat: changing the voice of the consumer – Sam Flemming

Hitting 300 million users in four months time, WeChat is a new kid at the block that is changing the voice, text and email of the consumers, argues CIC’s chairman Sam Flemming in ThoughtFull China.

Moving to a high added-value economy – Shaun Rein

China is moving away from cheap t-shirts to a higher value-added production of goods like medical equipment and automotive parts, tells Shaun Rein, the author of the book “The End of Cheap China” in Asia Today of WSJ.

China: innovative, but not in the right way – Arthur Kroeber

There is no lack of creativity in china, says economic analyst Arthur Kroeber in the Wall Street Journal. But that overwhelming creativity does not translate very well into business. And the internet censorship does not help.

The mistakes by US defense analysts – Wendell Minnick

After so many remarkable introductions of new Chinese weaponry, including two new stealth fighters and an aircraft carrier, defense analyst Wendell Minnick from Taiwan wonders in Defense News why so few of his US colleagues do get get China right.

A festival of broken start-up dreams – Marc van der Chijs

Shanghai-based VC Marc van der Chijs has a brilliant idea. Why not use the many failed business ideas and technology of start-ups and create an online market of broken dreams? He has not the time to execute, he writes on his weblog, so he hopes somebody steals his idea.

China’s military industrial revolution – Wendell Minnick

Are you still planning to buy overpriced military JSF fighters and other equipment in the US? Perhaps you should have a look first in China, writes Military analyst Wendell Minnick, who attended the Zhuhai ninth biennial Airshow China, in Defense News.

China keeps Western geniuses away – Paul Denlinger

The US have a special visa to lure foreign talents, the H-1B visa, but China is doing exactly the opposite, giving foreigners a hard time to come to China, writes China analyst Paul Denlinger on his weblog the China Vortex.

With the Chinese, their startups also move abroad – Paul Denlinger

Conventional wisdom says China-focused online operations need to be solid China-based, with compulsory governmental and political controls. China expert Paul Denlinger challenges that concept and as Chinese leave China and new start-ups will based elsewhere, he writes in the China Vortex.