City A.M. – The risks and opportunities of doing business with China

Few doubt the enormous opportunity that exists in doing business with China, particularly as the country’s external business and foreign policy, namely the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), continues to drive economic development around the globe. However, this opportunity also brings with it very real challenges. And whether an opportunity blossoms into a round of  …

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Fashion faux pas: How Weibo tripped up a leading luxury brand in France

On 25th April 2018, a Chinese customer who was queuing outside the Balenciaga concession in the famous Parisian retailer Le Printemps complained about people jumping the queue. Her son, who came to her defence, was allegedly violently struck to the ground by security guards. Shortly after, Chinese witnesses to the incident were asked to leave by  …

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Social media: marketing magic but a disaster for politics?

Ryan Erskine recently argued in an article in Forbes that a prominent and well-received digital presence is crucial for the commercial success of a business in this technological age. This is also true of the public sector. While political figures and organisations do not need to appeal to customers, having a polished online footprint to  …

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Leadership without levers

From ship to shore, wardroom to boardroom, ships of oak to the big smoke One minute you’re on the bridge of a warship, master and commander of all you survey, a modern day mix of Nelson and Beatty with perhaps a dash of Bond thrown in if anyone’s listening, which they often aren’t. The next,  …

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Has Rafa Márquez scored an own goal in managing his reputation?

Rafa Márquez, Mexico’s World Cup Captain, made history as the third player ever to have participated in five World Cups.  However, this impressive feat was overshadowed by his inclusion is a far less flattering list: one drawn up by the U.S. Treasury Department, in particular the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), of people who  …

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