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The World Economic Forum publishes an annual report assessing the competitive landscape of 138 economies, providing insight into the drivers of their productivity and prosperity.

This year’s edition highlights:

  • Declining openness threatens growth and prosperity
  • Monetary stimulus measures such as quantitative easing are not enough to sustain growth
  • These stimuli must be accompanied by competitiveness reforms
  • Updated business practices and investment in innovation are now as important as infrastructure, skills and efficient markets.

Switzerland, Singapore and the United States remain the three world’s most competitive economies - download the report in full from the WEF website.

Read more: Global Competitiveness Report 2016-17 - download

Win with China

Hot on the heels of Jenny Plaister-Ten's new book on coaching across cultures comes Maiqi Ma's excellent view on doing business with China - Win with China Volume 1 – Acclimatisation for Mutual Success Doing Business with China.

Available on Amazon this is Maiqi's first English language book and has been very well received:

"This little book packs a real punch. It blends lots of good practical advice about how to do business in China with an explanation of how to understand the culture and deal with individuals"John Knights, Chairman of LeaderShape Global.

This “bite-size” book lives up to its genre. It gives you bite-size, digestible information on starting and doing business with China and its key message can be summarized in one sentence from Chapter 5: "Managing a [business] relationship is like managing a marriage." If you pay close attention to this analogy, you…

Read more: Win with China - another book from an OIBC member

The Cross-Cultural Kaleidoscope

Jenny Plaister-Ten is a director of the OIBC and has 25 years of international marketing and business development experience, currently as Director of 10 Consulting Ltd, she works with leaders and their teams to develop international business and intercultural effectiveness.

Here Jenny talks about her recently launched book, hailed as "the most significant text in the field of intercultural coaching for a decade".


"My book, The Cross-Cultural Kaleidoscope, was written over a period of four years, in a pre-Brexit world. This called for an increase in cultural understanding, thanks to the forces of globalisation, increased mobility and the impact of technology, bringing about multi-cultural societies and new ways of working.

"Little could I have imagined that as the book gets launched, ‘hate crimes’ in the UK would have risen by forty-two per cent compared with the same period last year, and my own (‘foreign’) husband…

Read more: The Cross-Cultural Kaleidoscope

Tomorrow’s Company, the independent non-profit think tank which inspires and enables businesses to be a force for good in society, has produced the following nine steps, and an accompanying report, for businesses to take to restore trust and grow the economy.

Mark Goyder, CEO & Founder of Tomorrow’s Company, says:

"Whether you were for leave or remain, the result of the referendum is a wake-up call for business and political elites. Business lost its voice in the debate because people sensed that the system is not working for them. This creates a greater need and opportunity for business to be a force for good in society.

"In the months following the referendum we have been working with our community to look at the opportunities for business to lead post Brexit and would like to thank all our members who have contributed."

Tomorrow's Company…

Read more: Nine actions for business leaders post Brexit


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