China's changing course and sustainable success requires a shift in strategy
The End of Copycat China helps business executives and investors understand how China's economy is shifting from one based on heavy investment to one based on services and consumption by providing insight that helps shape effective strategy. Drawing from more than 50,000 interviews with entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, private equity investors, private Chinese companies, and multinationals, this book describes how Chinese firms are increasingly focused on innovation rather than copying what worked in America and how consumers are evolving with their hopes, dreams, and aspirations. China's growth model of the last three decades is becoming increasingly ineffective, as relying on heavy investment and exports is becoming less and less feasible. Fifty percent of China's growth in 2013 stemmed from consumption, and the government is establishing a free-trade zone in Shanghai and ending the dominance of state-owned enterprises. This book provides a road map for companies and investors looking to navigate these changes and capture emerging trends, with deep insight and practical guidance on what innovation looks like in the new China.
Survey the development of innovation taking place in China's economy from an insider's perspective
Consider the changes that must take place to shore up the broken growth model
Examine the consumer trends emerging in the midst of rapid market evolution
Understand how China's rise will impact its neighbors like Japan, Vietnam, Indonesia, and Cambodia
China's dramatic shift toward consumption presents a tremendous opportunity for foreign business, but traditional tactics are outdated at best, financially fatal at worst, as local competitors focus on innovation and move up the value chain and as consumers look for new brands and categories on which to spend money. New strategies are needed to keep pace with the changing regulatory and consumer environments, and business as usual won't get very far. The End of Copycat China is the business guide to this emerging market, with expert guidance from the inside.
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It is like one long PSA for China
Interesting book (except for last chapter)
Rein has a lot of very compelling anecdotes and insights from his years of market research that are very engaging and informative.
While the author's insights into the Chinese market are invaluable, he is clearly out of his comfort zone when he went abroad in the last chapter to talk about China's relations with SE Asia. It is painfully obvious that he lacks the background to speak competently on Sino-Vietnamese, Cambodian and Filipino relations. Take his description of the US relationship with Vietnam as "rocky." That is so far off it's laughable. Moreover, he greatly misread the importance of the 2014 anti-Chinese riots in Vietnam. Ultimately, I don't hold this against him as I know it's not his expertise which is why I highly recommend the book up until the last chapter.
- Eric C. Olander