I have worked around Asia and the experience has been fantastic. On the business front, it has provided markets many times (or orders of magnitude) those I could access from my native Australia. In addition to shear size, these markets come with a population density that offers great opportunities around economies of scale and low distribution costs.
Beyond the generic, having had operations in China, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong & Taiwan has allowed for some fairly pragmatic comparisons of commercial codes, employment practices, access to funding and the like. Even better has been the opportunity to see the “softer” areas of business such as the work-ethic of the labour force, the amount of red tape encountered when doing business and to get a feeling for how level is the playing field in a society where you operate as a outsider.
Read more in Insight from Jon Sparks, a business builder with more than 20 years of experience including pan-Asia Board and C-level positions.© Japan Today