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  • Getting personalized learning right in Asia: Q&A with David Joo, Co-CEO of Korean adaptive learning company Knowre

    Companies providing education technology products such as personalized learning platforms face a unique set of obstacles working globally. We had the pleasure to get some first hand insight into this topic from David Joo, CEO of Knowre, an ed-tech provider offering adaptive learning math products in the United States, South Korea and other international markets. He will be participating in a SxSW panel discussion “Winning the Asian EdTech Market”, moderated by Emerging Strategy Director, Satoko Okamoto on March 8.

  • As international trade liberalization goes into reverse gear, what impact on U.S. businesses with global interests?

    The U.S. has generally trended towards lowering barriers to trade over the last 150 years, and since World War II the U.S. has promoted the liberalizing and democratizing effects of trade and interconnected economic relationships as evidence of its superior free-market approach in contrast with the closed economies of Soviet Union and other communist states. In fact, the U.S. has not withdrawn from a single trade agreement since 1866, when the Canadian–American Reciprocity Treaty with Great Britain was terminated in the aftermath of the American Civil War.

  • Will US-China trade conflict under Donald Trump impact your business?

    China is the 4th largest export market for U.S. goods and services, after Canada, the EU and Mexico, accounting for $124 billion of exports in 2014. Mr. Trump’s economic plan is tough on China, stating “China’s unfair subsidy behavior is prohibited by the terms of its entrance to the WTO and I intend to enforce those rules and regulations. And basically, I intend to enforce the agreements from all countries, including China.”

  • If Donald Trump fulfills his promise to repeal trade agreements – what are the implications to U.S. businesses?

    Mr. Trump is allowed by U.S. law to impose tariffs of no more than 15 percent for up to 150 days, on all imports, unless a national emergency is declared – in which case tariffs can be imposed for longer periods. Other laws allow the president to impose tariffs on targeted goods. Import tariffs will result in a significant hit to U.S. businesses and consumers who would end up paying more for imported goods purchased in the U.S. as well as goods with significant components that are imported.

  • Donald Trump’s Win Raises Immediate Questions for U.S. businesses with Global Interests

    The President does have significant flexibility in negotiating with trading partners such as China and Mexico. But unlike a boardroom where company executives can threaten to walk away from the negotiating table if the terms are not agreeable, the POTUS usually does not have that option because the stakes involved are more substantial. In the absence of agreement, disputes over trade can escalate into sanctions, or even an all-out trade war.

Education

Getting personalized learning right in Asia: Q&A with David Joo, Co-CEO of Korean adaptive learning company Knowre

Companies providing education technology products such as personalized learning platforms face a unique set of obstacles working globally. We had the pleasure to get some first hand insight into this topic from David Joo, CEO of Knowre, an ed-tech provider offering adaptive learning math products in the United States, South Korea and other international markets. He will be participating in a SxSW panel discussion “Winning the Asian EdTech Market”, moderated by Emerging Strategy Director, Satoko Okamoto on March 8.

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Emerging Markets

China’s quest to grow its electric vehicle market relies on heavy-handed policy intervention

There is more to this growth story though, and not every aspect of China’s NEV market is as rosy as the figures make it out to be. China’s extensive financial support to the NEV market has undoubtedly created strong incentives for both consumers and suppliers, but the Chinese NEV market is not on track to reach government growth targets set out in the Five-Year Plan. Instead, downsides to China’s supportive policies are beginning to emerge in the form of overcapacity and imperfect competition.

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Manufacturing

China’s quest to grow its electric vehicle market relies on heavy-handed policy intervention

There is more to this growth story though, and not every aspect of China’s NEV market is as rosy as the figures make it out to be. China’s extensive financial support to the NEV market has undoubtedly created strong incentives for both consumers and suppliers, but the Chinese NEV market is not on track to reach government growth targets set out in the Five-Year Plan. Instead, downsides to China’s supportive policies are beginning to emerge in the form of overcapacity and imperfect competition.

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Market Intelligence

Customer Insights Optimize the New Product Development Process

Customer insights are a key source of input for the new product development process. Methodologies of obtaining customer insight vary according to market dynamics and the current stage of new product development and these methodologies must be selectively deployed to extract the maximum value from research efforts.

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