Asian Business Cases
Despite the diversity of Asian countries, when it comes to accounting, businesses face the same issues that any corporation must deal with. However, these four case studies highlight some of the local differences that can create interesting and challenging decisions for managers.
Asia can offer a great deal of insight that can be utilized by managers in companies around the world struggling with the challenge of how to innovate successfully. The accompanying cases offer lessons on how Asian and Western companies develop and enhance innovative capabilities.
Some foreign businesses flourish in Japan, but the Japanese market can be a hard nut to crack. There are major differences in culture, values, and sophistication compared with other markets. The accompanying cases highlight some of these differences and their potential impacts on businesses looking to enter the Japanese market.
Many businesspeople consider Singapore a great location in which to setup their business or even home. Although Singapore has perhaps the most robust set of institutions among all nations in Asia, firms doing business in Singapore may still face problems. The accompanying four cases highlight salient managerial issues facing companies of all sizes in doing business in Singapore.
Amid growing competition from globalization, more Canadian companies are testing the waters beyond their own borders. The accompanying three cases delineate how Canadian companies manage the dilemmas in manufacturing, distribution, and brand management as they expand abroad to Asia.
Family firms are the dominant organizational structure in the world and have a significant impact on the global economy. Asian family firms in particular are a critical pillar of their local economies. The four cases selected highlight important dimensions of issues facing family firms that reflect the concerns surrounding succession, relationships, and governance in an Asian context.
Managing cultural differences is a critical skill for managers working in today’s global business setting. If not understood and managed well, cultural differences can pose significant barriers to the implementation of a business venture—and ultimately its performance. These cases highlight common management problems that arise when people interact interculturally in Asia and across the Pacific.
Product recalls have increased at an alarming rate in recent years. Given that many of these products are made in China and other Asian countries, questions have been raised in the developed world about the safety of products imported from the developing countries. The issues related to product safety are quite complex and go beyond where the products are physically made. These cases have been selected to present the intricacies of the institutional environment in Asia and challenges in managing product safety in global supply chains.
As supply chains of North American firms become increasingly global and Asia focused, efficient supply chain management is critical to the success of a company. The objective is for the firm to have a well-designed network of upstream suppliers and downstream retailers to satisfy customers' demands. In order to do this, firms must create incentives to align network members. Therefore, a firm must have a thorough understanding of the strategic incentives of both its suppliers and its retailers. In this article, Professor Hubert Pun will briefly review the expansion decision of a successful distributor and the thought process necessary for making a make/buy decision.
Chinese technology firms, from automakers to IT service vendors to clean-tech providers, are rapidly growing into some of the world’s most innovative and competitive players. The following case studies will examine how technology is being increasingly adopted by different users in China, as well as introduces the supply side of the technology sector.