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Becoming a “Good” Country

Download PDF: FORBES August 2014 Becoming a Good Country by Jennie M. Xue Indonesia’s international image isn’t rosy. It’s a fact that we must humbly acknowledge. A random survey of Americans would say that Indonesia is “part of Bali.” More than ever before, a...

Business Success as an Outlier

Download FORBES May 2014 Business Success as Outlier by Jennie M. Xue Contrary to what motivational speakers believe, Malcolm Gladwell posited that many variables are at play in “successful” individuals: they are more than intelligent, courageous, and persistent in...

Balancing Views of 2014

by Jennie M. Xue As 2014 is a presidential election year, it will be abound with politics. With the global economy yet to recover fully and BRIC countries slowing down, local businesses have started to become anxious. Will this be the year when things go awry? Will...

The Taller They are…

Download FORBES Indonesia November 2013 by Jennie S. Bev Often overlooked, there appears to be a rough correlation between skyscrapers and financial bubbles. Skyscrapers and other magnificent architectures may be useful indicators of speculative economic bubble...

Macrotrends in Supply Chain Management

by Jennie S. Bev, Santa Clara How we do business has evolved greatly since 1980s and 1990s. Many things have become more convenient, but others might require more efforts with a new shift of consciousness. Thus, businesses should be aware of the global macrotrends and...

Hattanomics and Political Bubbles

by Jennie S. Bev, Santa Clara After Widjojonomics and Habibienomics, we are now in the Hattanomics era, a term referring to the policies of Coordinating Minister of Economics Hatta Rajasa and popularized by Kevin O’Rouke in “The Politics of Indonesia’s Protectionism”...

Can Indonesia be the Next Philippines?

by Jennie S. Bev, Santa Clara The Philippines has become the favorite destination for offshore outsourcing of U.S. companies. The country’s young population’s strong skills, culturally adaptable attitude and western-mindedness are a clear advantage. In general,...

Is Sustainability Still Possible?

    Jennie S. Bev, Santa Clara More and more businesses declare that they’re environmentally friendly, ecologically conscious, and sustainable. Ecofriendly signs have become a seal of approval that a product is good for the environment, yet many...

2020 Megatrends and Indonesia Part 2 of 2

Download this article in FORBES May 2013 by Jennie S. Bev, Santa Clara According to economist Thierry Malleret, by 2020, the six global megatrends engendering instability are: unfavorable demographics, resource scarcity, climate change, geopolitical rebalancing,...

2020 Megatrends and Indonesia

    Download FORBES Indonesia April 2013 by Jennie S. Bev This column is the first of two parts, the second will appear in the May issue. Living in a modern society involves risks and some are bigger than others. In 2020, the world shall encounter an...

Floods and Rockefeller Habits

  Download PDF FORBES INDONESIA March 2013 by Jennie S. Bev Theories are great as fundamentals. In the real world, it is how-to strategies, tips and realistic goals that make implementation of a theory possible. Hands-on information makes or breaks a business....

Post-Industrial Network Synchronization

by Jennie S. Bev Parts of the world today, especially Santa Clara in Silicon Valley where I reside, has reached the post-industrialism or “knowledge economy” era. In Indonesia, hints of post-industrialism can already be sensed. Indonesia is aware of the power of...

Will a Financial Bubble Pop in 2013?

Download the article in Forbes January 2013 by Jennie S. Bev The economic implosion of 2008, tech bubble bursting in early 2000s and the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis are popped financial bubbles. Yet such bubbles go back to the tulip mania in 1600s and the origins of...

Investment Grade for Indonesia?

by Jennie S. Bev The recent Indonesia Investment Summit in Jakarta was a party filled with euphoria. Vice President Boediono, Indonesia Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) Chairman Chatib Basri, Minister of Trade Gita Wirjawan, Minister of Tourism and Creative...

The Interplay of Culture and Economy

[Download Forbes November 2012 Interplay of Culture and Economy]  by Jennie S. Bev “Culture” is probably one of the hardest English-language words to define. Almost anything we encounter everyday—consciously or not—is part of it. Raymond Williams in his 1976...

The Perfect Storm and Indonesia

by Jennie S. Bev A dark cloud is hanging over the world economy and it may mean disaster for Indonesia next year. Or maybe not? Conditions in the U.S., the Eurozone and China point to a strong possibility of a hard time ahead in 2013. The U.S. recovery has been slower...

Whither Indonesia Amidst Global Uncertainty?

by Jennie S. Bev The U.S. economic recovery is underway—albeit with a mixed picture. Some sectors are showing impressive improvement, while others are still in the doldrums. Meanwhile Europe is in crisis and China is slowing down, so the U.S. recovery is experiencing...

The Power of American “Soft Power”

Read “The Power of American ‘Soft Power'” on Forbes.com. by Jennie S. Bev Almost four years since the beginning of the Great Recession, signified by the implosion of the financial industry and the fall of Lehman Brothers in September 2008, the United...

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