The China Integrated Analysis
The China Integrated Analysis is our newsletter published on a regular basis, discussing the latest business trends along with providing practical operational tips that we share from our acquired know-how.
- Protecting Know-How and Trade Secrets in China
Contrary to popular belief, China’s legal system protects employer’s proprietary knowledge. However, as with many Chinese laws, implementation is carried out differently than in the West and different steps than in the home market need to be taken to protect a foreign firm’s know-how. This analysis gives key pieces of advice on how to protect a company’s know-how and trade secrets against information disclosure, such as centralizing files, using adequate employment documentation or optimizing exit procedures. While more administrative measures have to be implemented than in typical western countries, strong IP and know-how protection can still be achieved.
- HR Challenges
China’s top concern for foreign companies is finding and retaining human resources. While a small proportion of locals receive an education meeting international firm’s needs, foreign employees are seeing social insurance tax increased and work permits harder to obtain. This analysis exposes solutions and advices to find and retain local talent in an environment where foreigners are more difficult and costly to employ.
- Sourcing Opportunities
Despite the slowdown in the US and in the EU, China is still predicted to add around 8.5 % growth to its GDP in 2012 and 7-8% for the next few years. New opportunities are emerging in the Middle Kingdom, and this analysis explains why China is becoming the most interesting emerging market and why it will keep its very competitive environment.