Performance Improvement Publications

  • China Business Climate Survey Report 2016

    January 20, 2016 | AmCham Review

    An overview of the performance of AmCham China member companies in 2015, their plans for future growth in China, and their assessments of China’s economic, business, and regulatory environment.

  • Rethinking Supply Chains in the Asia-Pacific Region for Global Growth

    April 08, 2015 | Bain Brief

    Asia-Pacific’s over-stretched supply chains won’t help companies support the next wave of global growth in a vastly different cost environment. Fully 70% of supply chain executives interviewed agree that their supply chain is now a top management priority, but only half believe their organization

  • How to Build a World-Class Procurement Organisation

    March 02, 2015 | Bangkok Post

    Why many companies' procurement organisations fail to make the most of cost savings opportunities.

  • How conglomerates flourish in Southeast Asia

    November 21, 2014 | The Edge

    Conglomerates in Malaysia and the rest of Southeast Asia not only outperform conglomerates in developed markets but also deliver higher shareholder value than companies in the region that focus on a single business.

  • Removing the Trade Obstacles

    August 05, 2014 | Jakarta Post

    Globally, up to 1.3 billion tons of food are lost or wasted each year because of unnecessary trade barriers, and hunger is a dramatic consequence.

  • What does fourth-generation procurement look like?

    April 24, 2014 | Performance Improvement | Bangkok Post

    As we mentioned in the first column of this two-part series, our candid interviews with 60 executives throughout Asia-Pacific helped us see where they feel they are lagging in procurement capabilities at a time when such mounting pressures as cost volatility make it more important than ever to

  • Why procurement needs an overhaul in Asia-Pacific

    April 08, 2014 | Performance Improvement | Bangkok Post

    Procurement represents the lion’s share—as much as 80%—of overall costs in some industries such as automobiles, textiles and electronics. Yet the vast majority of executives readily admit their companies rely on procurement capabilities that are no better than those of their competitors or are

  • Adding value through better procurement

    February 28, 2014 | Performance Improvement | The Business Times (Singapore)

    AS we mentioned in the first of this two-part series, our candid interviews with 60 executives throughout Asia-Pacific helped us see where they feel they're lagging in procurement capabilities, at a time when such mounting pressures as cost volatility make it more important than ever to catch up.

  • Why procurement in Asia-Pac needs overhaul

    February 27, 2014 | Performance Improvement | The Business Times (Singapore)

    SCRATCH an industry leader, and you'll find an iron-clad procurement operation. What companies such as Apple and Walmart have learnt on the way to the top of their industries is that procurement leaders are cost leaders with a clear edge over rivals. Cost leaders can out-invest in innovation,

  • Tackling Asia’s procurement challenge

    February 05, 2014 | Performance Improvement | The Malaysian Insider

    Procurement represents the lion’s share—as much as 80 percent—of overall costs in some industries, and companies like Walmart and Apple have demonstrated that procurement leaders are cost leaders in their industries, with a clear edge over rivals. Nowhere is the pressure to improve procurement as