This Economist Intelligence Unit report examines the business environment for public-private partnerships in a wide range of countries and regions, including Asia. Korea, India and Japan top the overall ranking,while different results can be seen in rankings of individual indicators, including:
The EIU’s report explores the issue of the scarcity of skills in a variety of industries, namely construction and engineering, energy and natural resources, life sciences, IT/technology and manufacturing. It also looks at skills gaps in various job functions—and how these are being addressed.
The EIU's study explores the growth and evolution of government e-payments adoption. In business areas, e-services for tax collection are progressing more rapidly than those for tax refunds. The services most in need of improvement are requesting unemployment, workers’ compensation and welfare benefits.
The EIU examines what challenges companies face when operating in international markets, businesses can do to improve cross-border relationships with their clients and business partners. Key findings:
The EIU finds that in Asia’s PeC sector, access to resources has displaced low labour costs as the key driver of competitive advantage, disrupting traditional industry supply chains. Yet despite a slight overall decline, profitability in the sector has remained relatively resilient.
The EIU finds that despite a slight increase in market concentration, competition in Asia’s IT services sector remains fierce. Profitability in Asia’s IT services sector has been declining, and margins in some markets, such as India, may have peaked. Other key findings include:
The EIU reports that profitability in Asia’s PE sector has continued to grow, despite the global financial crisis. Rising private consumption in Asia has boosted demand for PE products and services, but whether it can replace demand in the West remains to be seen. Key findings:
This EIU white paper reviews the impact that technology developments will have over the next decade on various aspects of business, including organisational structures, jobs and the workplace, customer interactions, and business models themselves.