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Getting China and India Right: Strategies for Leveraging the World's Fastest Growing Economies for Global Advantage 1st Edition

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Getting Chinaand India Right

Many multinational corporations think of China and India largely for off-shoring and cost reduction and limit their marketing to the wealthiest few people. With such shortsightedness, the opportunity of the century will pass them by, argue business strategists Anil K. Gupta and Haiyan Wang. To help business leaders develop robust global strategies in the age of China and India, the authors uncover the surprising range of hidden opportunities and challenges presented by these emerging giants. They reveal the secrets to capturing the hearts, minds, and wallets of consumers there and to leveraging the complementary strengths of each country to achieve global dominance.

With their enormous populations and rapid economic growth, China and India are the only two countries to feature four different realities, each strategically crucial to the future of any global enterprise:

  • Megamarkets for almost every productand service

  • Platforms to dramatically reduce a company's global cost structure

  • Potential hubs to transform a company's global technology and innovation base

  • Springboards for the emergence of new fearsome global competitors

Organizations that want to build effective strategies for China and India must address each of these realities head on, just as GE, Yum Brands, Adidas, Nokia, IBM, Accenture, Microsoft, Cisco, and many other pioneering companies the authors describe have done. Shedding light on the brutal competition for today's markets and resources in China and India, this game-changing book lays out a strategic action plan for organizations that want to emerge as global leaders in tomorrow's marketplace.

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"A blueprint on how to best approach the two economies for the long term."
Ratan N. Tata, chairman, Tata Group

"No global CEO can afford not to read this timely and insightful book."
Jeffrey E. Garten, Juan Trippe Professor, Yale School of Management

"Incisive, well researched, and richly supported in-depth analysis."
Narayana N.R. Murthy, chairman and chief mentor, Infosys Technologies

"Solid research, compelling and provocative, required reading for any CEO."
Ronnie C. Chan, chairman, Hang Lung Group; vice-hairman, Asia Society

"The best source of insight available for executives. A real tour de force."
Graham Mackay, CEO, SABMiller plc

"The best book by far to analyze how the rise of China and India will fundamentally reshape global strategies."
Mark J. Penn, CEO, Burson Marsteller; author of Microtrends; adviser to Bill Clinton, Tony Blair, and Bill Gates

"Crisp. An insightful guide to survival and success in the new era."
Wim Elfrink, EVP and chief globalization officer, Cisco Systems

"Will inspire every global CEO to re-examine their China and India strategy."
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"Timely, comprehensive, insightful, richly documented, and a superb guide."
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"Forceful. Practical advice, illuminating evidence—a compelling read."
Ravi Venkatesan, chairman, Microsoft India

"Very timely, extremely well researched, highly readable, and very practical."
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (February 17, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470284242
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470284247
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1 x 9.3 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #978,322 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
In my review of Anil Gupta and Haiyan Wang's previous book, The Quest for Global Dominance, co-authored with Vijay Govindarajan, I explain that they focus on four tasks essential for any company to emerge and stay as the globally dominant player within its industry:

1. "One, people must ensure that their company leads the industry in identifying new marketing opportunities worldwide and in pursuing these opportunities by establishing the necessary presence in all key markets."

2. "Two, people must work relentlessly to convert global presence into global competitive advantage."

3. "Three, people must cultivate a global mindset."

4. "Four, in developing global strategies, people must take full account of the rapid growth of emerging markets, in particular the rise of China and India."

In their latest book, Gupta and Wang note that, "Starkly put, China and India are changing the rules of the game" and many of the changes that have occurred in recent years are especially significant. The tasks are still important. However, with reference to the title of this book, Gupta and Wang point out that "being present in China and India [completing various tasks, however worthy they may be] is not the same as getting China and India right." What to do must be determined by different perspectives and they are the focus of this book.

Hence the importance of fully understanding that only these two countries in the world "simultaneously constitute four stories rolled into one, each of them with the potential to be game changing in its own right." The authors' use of the word "game" in Chapter 1 is apt because it denotes players, opponents, and field(s) of competition, rules, officials, and scores.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Paresh Shah on March 9, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Getting China and India Right is an authoritative and research-driven book essential to executives in global corporations, business academics and economists. Dr. Gupta and Ms. Wang have integrated vast amounts of quantitative and qualitative research to provide a valuable (and unique) perspective to anyone currently doing business or aspiring to win on the global playing field -- which should be ANY company with global or multinational presence. I have already referred the book to several clients and CXOs wrestling with the complexity of leveraging the capabilities of these countries and tapping into the mega-markets represented by their populations. The response I have received has been only positive.

The book is organized in a logical manner which allows readers to take individual chapters of interest and dig right in or take a comprehensive perspective reading through front to back. Loaded with rich data, case studies and interview findings, Getting China and India Right shakes some myths many executives I have worked with have long held (e.g. its either China OR India, or its only about cost-saving). It compels executives to reexamine their current approaches and mental models about global competition much like Porter did with Competitive Strategy or Competitive Advantage of Nations. So, while it certainly shakes executives who are not "Getting it Right" but does not leave them paralyzed with just high level, inactionable concepts. It provides highly tangible strategic recommendations along with specific approaches to building the capabilities needed to win and detailed questions organizations need to answer.

Our firm has utilized many of Dr Gupta's recommendations and approaches in supporting clients wrestling with these difficult issues.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Nair on February 12, 2009
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By now there are many books and articles that seek to explain the economic boom in China or India. Many of these books extrapolate from one or few incidents/cases to paint with a broad brush the success of these countries and the impending doom of western businesses. I was looking for a book that offered more well reasoned arguments to understand the puzzle of the China/India boom. I read this book because I was familiar with the author's earlier works. Anil Gupta has published some influential academic articles in strategic management and international business, hence I thought this book would offer some sophisticated analyses. I wasn't disappointed. I felt that Gupta and Wang deliver very compelling stories about the forces that are propelling the China/India economic boom. The book has two parts. The first part focuses on the factors driving China/India growth. The second part expands on the first and suggests strategies that US firms could use to respond to challenges posed by China/India growth.
The China/India growth is interpreted using a neat 4-dimensional framework. These are 1. large local markets, 2. vast talent pools that would allow for local innovation. 3. cost efficiencies. 4. competitive local firms that have over the years become strong enough to take on global competitors. Once these growth stories are explained in the first chapter, the remaining six chapters discuss how (US) firms could respond to these challenges. The book's analysis and recommendations are supported by lots of research evidence: archival data, interviews and cases. It is this strong analysis that makes the book's arguments credible and difficult to refute. The book's insights would be appealing to academics, executives, policy makers and students interested in understanding China and India's growth arc. The book is well written, engaging and hard to put down.
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