Of course, what is commonly referred to as the Chinese phoenix, the fenghuang, only distantly resembles the phoenix of the West. So, erudite reader, please forgive the amateurish use of the phoenix as a metaphor for what’s going on in China’s automotive sector. Mercedes, BMW, or Audi are all reporting very positive developments from the […]
Here’s an interesting list of “100 Essential Cheat Sheets for Doing Business Abroad”, ranging from ‘food faux pas’ to ‘dress codes’ to ‘negotiations across cultures’. Not all of it offers the deepest insight available, but it’s definitely a good place to start.
Tomorrow, the trial against four executives of the UK-Australian mining giant Rio Tinto will open in Shanghai. The executives have been charged with stealing commercial secrets and receiving bribes and are facing up to 20 years in prison. Both the protection of intellectual property and anti-corruption laws are important domains of the legal environment in […]
eBay has been in several ruffles with french luxury goods maker LVHM. Recently, LVHM, that holds the rights to such well-known brands as Hennessy, Kenzo, Givenchy, Dior Perfumes, or Tag Heuer, has sued eBay over misuse of its Louis Vuitton brand. As its customers frequently misspell Vuitton, eBay has purchased keywords from search engines such […]
Cultural awareness is key in any international business activity. Cultural divides should be accounted for in marketing, negotiations, product design, and other important decisions. One must analytically consider the best way to promote a product given the target audience. It is argued that differences among cultures can be explained according to four dimensions of culture: 1. Individualism – “I” […]
Something may have gotten past me, but does Chrysler really have a lot of wiggle room for experiments on their customers? It’s recent commercial for the Chrysler 300 features former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, former Polish leader Lech Walensa and is a call for freedom for Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi. The commercial is an […]