Strategy

Rise of the machines

Factories full of robots might sound an easy solution to rising wage costs. But it's not so simple.

China’s rising wage costs are forcing manufacturers to rethink the country’s 30-year-old labour-intensive business model, and consider replacing people with machines. It’s an important step towards raising China’s productivity rates and avoiding the country’s middle-income trap. But automating production lines is harder than it looks.

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Strategy

Looking for China's future MNCs

China's private firms are shopping for foreign brands and technologies to bring home.

Chinese firms are expanding globally; but it’s still early days, and the hype is greater than the reality. There have been success stories. But there are also major challenges and it is the the next wave of private-led investment that will deal better with internationalization as they shop abroad.

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