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The Asian Jobs Ladder Is Broken

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  International Business

For the past several decades, labor-intensive manufacturing of textiles and clothing has shifted from higher wage countries to lower wage countries, and in the process helped bring jobs and economic growth to increasingly poorer countries. With advances in technology and automation, however, that regular shift to the next country with lower pay levels may be coming to an end.

China's Robot Revolution

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  International Business

China is fast becoming one of the larger markets for workplace automation. This has led to the development of a large number of Chinese companies in the robotics and automation industries, though many currently just assemble components designed and manufactured by leading German, American, and Japanese robotics companies. But in the process, these companies and Chinese central planners are working to create a competitive robotics industry in China.

Japan’s Big Bet

Thomas Coe  |  Business Fundamentals

Gambling is big business in Japan, and the casino gaming industry is about to see how big legalized gambling can be. Recent legislation will permit casinos to operate in the country. The potential size could be on a scale that dwarfs Las Vegas or even approaches the revenues of Macau.

China Challenges the Giants With Low Fares

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  International Business

China's state-owned airlines are adding international routes and gaining marketshare from international competitors. Part of the reason behind their success is price-based competition that allows customers to save hundreds of dollars compared to other large international competitors. But the growth is also attributable to an increasing number of Chinese customers who may favor domestic over foreign carriers.

Singapore’s Rough Week for Shipping Foreshadows Challenging 2017

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Operations Management

Singapore's shipping and logistics companies face a record $1.8 billion in bond maturities. Container throughput shrank 8.7 percent in 2015 as global trade slowed. The going could get even tougher in 2017 with record debt falling due.

So Many Boats, So Little Cargo

Eric Cardella  |  Economics

As commodity prices continue to lag and China’s economy continues to struggle, shipbuilders, cargo companies, and port operators are facing financial hardships as they feel the squeeze from slowing business.

Your Uber Driver Has a House to Show You

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Operations Management

Real estate agents turn to Uber-driving amid prolonged property slump. Cars for hire increased 51 percent in the first half of 2015.

An Unhappy New Year For Asia's Shipyards

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  International Business

Asian shipbuilders have experienced canceled orders and a significant slowdown in new orders due to falling oil prices and slower growth in commodity demand from China.

A Love That Will Last Forever: A Diamond Made In 10 Weeks

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Operations Management

The output of man-made diamonds is less than one-quarter of 1 percent that of natural stones, but demand is growing. Forty-five percent of North American consumers from 18 to 35 say they prefer natural and untreated diamonds. The supply of lab-grown stones will probably jump to 2 million carats in 2018 and 20 million by 2026.

Unforbidden Fruit

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Business Strategy

Singapore’s palm oil king is leading the push to stop deforestation and adopt sustainable practices.

India's Discount Airlines Get An Upscale Rival

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  International Business

India's airlines have lost $10 billion over the past seven years, but that doesn't keep more airlines from entering the market.

Sudden Bankruptcy in the Oil Business

Larry Tunnell, Ph.D., CPA  |  Accounting & Taxation

How did OW Bunker manage to go bankrupt so soon after going public?

Xiaomi Takes Direct Aim at the iPhone

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  International Business

Xiaomi's smartphones emphasize technology over marketing, and are making inroads in Asian markets.

Gimme Shelter

Larry Tunnell, Ph.D., CPA  |  Accounting & Taxation

Which countries are now the most popular tax havens?

Done With China, A Trader Takes On Nuts

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Org Behavior & HR

Can Carson Block's short-selling help ferret out unscrupulous companies?

Innovator: Pantelis Alexopoulos

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

Disk drives aren't sexy, but they're starting to look datable with the help of engineer and innovator Pantelis Alexopoulos.

A Rainmaker For the Small Fry

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  International Business

An ex-ambassador uses online retailing to help small companies enter the Chinese consumer market.

France's Fleeing Billionaire

Larry Tunnell, Ph.D., CPA  |  Accounting & Taxation

More than one rich individual is revoking their citizenship in order to reduce their tax burden. Who is the latest to threaten to do this? Why is this happening now?

Japan Wants Free Trade. Its Farmers Don't

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  International Business

While rural farmers contribute a minuscule amount to Japan's GDP, their political power to block free trade is significant.

Qantas's Asia Problem: So Near, Yet So Far

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  International Business

Saddled with high costs, Qantas has a difficult time competing in the growing Asian market.

9 Ideas From Around the World to Fix the U.S. Economy

Robert A. Clark, MBA, Ph.D.  |  Finance

What should we do to get the U.S. economy going again? Countries as diverse as Germany, Brazil, Singapore, and Thailand can offer ways for the U.S. to shore up its economy.

Uniqlo: Asia's Top Clothier Goes Back to Basics

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  International Business

Japan's Fast Retailing stumbled in a move into fashion at its Uniqlo chain, and faces tough competition from Sweden's H&M and Spain's Zara.

The Squeeze on Global Rubber Supplies

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  International Business

Freakish weather hurts rubber production across Asia, giving a Japanese condom maker a headache

Shelly Adelson's Misstep in Macao

Charles Newman, PHD  |  Accounting & Taxation

Misreading the Asian market may become a costly mistake for the Las Vegas Sands chairman.

China's End Run Around the U.S.

Robert A. Clark, MBA, Ph.D.  |  Finance

Will Beijing dominate the future in world trade?

The World’s Factories are Hardly Humming

James J. Stewart, DSc  |  Operations Management

Manufacturing around the world largely remains in decline. Relatively speaking, how is the U.S. doing?

An Asian Nanny State Ups Its Fun Factor

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  International Business

Singapore is loosening up a little, and trying to attract more tourists.

Can the Future be Built in America?

James J. Stewart, DSc  |  Operations Management

The manufacturing exodus from the U.S. is accelerating, but smarter tax policies, low-cost loans, and industrial zones may help keep factories at home.

Behind the Mess at UBS

Robert A. Clark, MBA, Ph.D.  |  Finance

How did UBS end up losing billions?


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