Friday, September 9, 2011

Books on Business in Asia

Here are five titles on doing business in Asia

Financial Services and Wealth Management in Singapore by Tan Chwee Huat. During the last decade, many changes have taken place in the Singapore financial marketplace. The Monetary Authority of Singapore has implemented numerous reforms to liberalise the financial services sector. Since 2002, two new laws have come into effect. The Securities and Futures Act and the Financial Advisors Act have important impact on the financial community. Institutions must hold the Capital Market Services (CMS) licence and the Financial Advisors licence and their representatives must pass the CMFAS examinations.This book discusses the changes in detail. Part A provides details of the reforms and discusses the impact of the new laws and regulations. Part B highlights the wide range of financial services and products provided by the institutions. In this edition, two new chapters have been added. They focus on issues related to wealth management which has become the recent focus of many banks that provide services to high net worth individuals or HNWIs.

Beyond the Myth: Indian Business Communities in Singapore by Jayati Bhattacharya. This book is a macro-study of Indian business communities in Singapore through different phases of their growth since colonial times. It goes beyond the conventional labour-history approach to study Indian immigrants to Southeast Asia, both in terms of themselves and their connections with the peoples' movements. It looks at how Indian business communities negotiated with others in the environments in which they found themselves and adapted to them in novel ways. It especially brings into focus the patterns and integration of the Indian networks in the large-scale transnational flows of capital, one of the least-studied aspects of the diaspora history in this part of the world. The complexities and overlapping interests of different groups of traders and businessmen form an interesting study of various aspects of these trading bodies, their methods of operation and their trade links, both within and outside Singapore. The book also charts their mobility and progress, in terms of both business and social status. The research aims to construct linear threads of linkages through generations and situate them in the larger framework and broader paradigms of business networks in Singapore. In shedding light on aspects of Indian connectivities to Southeast Asia, the narrative is particularly relevant in the context of India's economic rise. This study raises economic, social and cultural issues regarding the transition.

Ladies who Launch in Hong Kong: How Twelve Women Started Million-Dollar Businesses by Maseena Ziegler. How did 12 women with no previous experience as entrepreneurs go on to create million-dollar businesses in Hong Kong? Ladies Who Launch in Hong Kong captures their journey to success - from start-up challenges to lessons learned - and shows how you, too, can create a hugely successful business of your own.

Emerging Market Real Estate Investment: Investing in China, India, and Brazil by David Lynn and Tim Wang. Focusing primarily on private equity real estate investment in China, India, and Brazil this resource develops a general approach to commercial real estate investment in emerging markets, and illustrates some common strategies and analytical methods that can be implemented within this arena. Filled with in-depth insights and expert advice, Emerging Market Real Estate Investment focuses on broad investment themes and strategies as well as economic and legal/institutional factors, rather than the minute details of local market analyses. Opening with two informative chapters that provide an overview of the fundamentals of commercial and international real estate investment, this practical guide then moves on to the country-specific chapters of China, India, and Brazil. This book outlines various real estate investment options and strategies for emerging markets such as China, India, and Brazil; discusses the main features of each real estate market, including real estate foreign direct investment (FDI); and analyses several primary real estate sectors in each country: office, retail, residential, industrial, and hotel where applicable. Written with both institutional and private investors in mind, Emerging Market Real Estate Investment will put you in a better position to excel in emerging real estate markets.

Selling Big to China: Negotiating Principles for the World's Largest Market by Morry Morgan. This book is a complete sales and negotiating guide for mainland China and includes practical and measurable techniques that have been tested and proven to work with Fortune 500 companies operating in the 'Middle Kingdom'. The book includes a collection of anecdotes from this experience, as well as case studies developed by working closely with leading companies in China. Some of these companies include Rockwell Automation, Microsoft, Thomson, SAP, and NBC. Sales and negotiating is not easy, particularly when done in a country with completely new values and rules of engagement. The purpose of this book is to lay the rules out clearly, and provide the reader with an easy to understand strategy to doing business in mainland China.

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