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Dr. Robert Lawrence Kuhn is an international corporate strategist, investment banker and expert on China. Since 1989, he has worked with China’s senior leaders and advised the Chinese government on matters of economic policy, industrial policy, mergers and acquisitions, science and technology, media and culture, Sino-U.S. relations, and a variety of international business matters. Dr. Kuhn advises leading multinational companies, CEOs and C-Suite executives, regarding formulating and implementing China strategies in a variety of sectors, including science and technology, energy and resources, industrial, media and entertainment, healthcare / medical / pharmaceuticals, consumer products, and financial services. He works with major Chinese companies on structuring their capital markets financing and M&A activities.

What China’s New Leader Means for Business

Because of China's politico-strategic framework, it is crucial for CEOs to understand China's leaders. That's why CEOs must know Xi Jinping, China's upcoming new leader, who will likely lead for 10 years.

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How to Deal with the Chinese Government

In the real world of doing business in China, the landscape is shifting. Foreign companies can no longer do business in China today in the same way that they have in the past.

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In Search of “Optimizationism”


Key Takeaways Determine your primary assets and assess your vulnerabilities to a sudden decline in one or more of them. Challenge strategic assumptions, stress test your businesses and extend limits. If every idea your people have is a good one, it means you have too few ideas. I spend my time, on the one hand, analyzing Chinese politics and economics ...

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Optimization is the “Best” Option, Not Necessarily the “Maximum” One

It's not the label on a policy or program that counts, but its effectiveness. "Optimum" means achieving an ideal outcome, balancing myriad parameters and criteria. Optimum is usually not the "maximum" outcome, but may be the "best" outcome.

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Beware Groups


The Internet is generating "groupthink" inside groups and greater conflict between groups. Here, Chief Executive details the three types of groupthink and how CEOs can resist groupthink in their organizations.

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Thirty Ways to Resist Groupthink

Because Groupthink is so insidious, comfortable and prevalent, it is a constant challenge for CEOs. This is especially so in the age of the Internet. Only the proactive administration of psycho-social antidotes can counteract the poison of groupthink.

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Pitney Bowes CEO Murray Martin: A Big Believer in The Cloud


Pitney Bowes CEO Murray Martin argues that cloud computing makes his company more resilient and nimble without compromising security—and that companies need to attract the next wave of workers who are familiar with these new technologies.

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Designing a China Business Framework


If you're looking to succeed in China, you'll need to align your strategy with the agenda of China's leaders. Businesses need to take a "politico-strategic" approach when entering the country because of the strong relationship between commerce and government.

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What Do Investment Banks Do?

Corporate strategist and investment banker, Robert Lawrence Kuhn, examines the different facets of investment banking from public offerings, debt and equity securities to M&A and structured finance. Kuhn's crash course in investment banking will tell a CEO almost all he or she needs to know.

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