Procurement & Supply Chain Strategy Publications


  1. China Center Quick Note: Back to Basics -- The CCP at 95

    September 2016 | China Center Publications

    Since assuming command of the Communist Party of China (CCP) in late 2012, Xi Jinping has overseen one of the most fundamental transformations of the party in at least three decades. Already, this shift has effectively changed, and will continue to change, the government relations requirements for MNCs in China.

  2. China Center Data Flash: Acquiescing to lower growth?

    September 2016 | China Center Publications

    Credit creation slowed more than expected in July, but the PBOC isn’t easing monetary policy yet and has publicly stated it won’t be doing so. This is a positive factor, assuming it persists, for facilitating long overdue economic restructuring.

  3. China Center Chart Dive: Watch out for a housing price down-cycle and its knock-on effects

    September 2016 | China Center Publications

    There is a strong correlation between China’s monetary cycles and housing price cycles, but it is important to note that a down-cycle in housing prices means slower price growth, and not necessarily negative price growth. 

  4. StraightTalk® Global Economic Outlook 2016: Will Greater Uncertainty Lead to Business Investment Paralysis?

    September 2016 | Key Business Issues

    Will greater uncertainty lead to business investment paralysis? In this issue of StraightTalk, Chief Economist Bart van Ark looks at the business implications of economic uncertainty and weakening of US corporate profits.

  5. China Center Chart Dive: The CFETS Basket and RMB Valuation—How It Works and Why It Matters

    August 2016 | China Center Publications

    China is now using 13 separate exchange rates to create a new index-based approach to help it manage the value of its currency. Known as the "CFETS basket" (China Foreign Exchange Trade System), this new tool is a weighted index designed to decouple the RMB from the USD.

  6. China CEO Council Session Report - Getting through to 2022

    August 2016 | China Center Publications

    A simplified summary of selected premises and insights from the June 2, 2016, China CEO Council meeting in Beijing. Some 30 MNC country heads and deputies attended the session, which was hosted by Microsoft. This report summarizes and supplements the PowerPoint workshop decks used for the session.

  7. Conference Board Economics Watch® Emerging Markets View

    August 2016 | Economics Watch Reports

    Despite modest improvement in manufacturing, persistent overcapacity continues to weigh on emerging markets’ growth in 2016.

  8. Conference Board Economics Watch® European View

    August 2016 | Economics Watch Reports

    This month, we try to read the earliest data on confidence and industrial production to understand what impact Brexit will have on the real economy. Surveys show so far a modest negative impact in 2016 in the Euro Area but a much larger slump in the UK.

  9. Conference Board Economics Watch® United States View

    August 2016 | Economics Watch Reports

    US economic expansion continues to disappoint.

  10. Conference Board Economics Watch® Economic Series Report

    August 2016 | Economics Watch Reports

    Monthly economic series report