Prospects in shipbuilding for South Korea and Japan amid the US and China scrutiny

Prospects in shipbuilding for South Korea and Japan amid the US and China scrutiny

8 May 2024 — Following the recent investigation by President Joe Biden into alleged unfair Chinese economic practices in shipbuilding and maritime logistics, the dynamic of the global maritime industry is expected to shift. This action, intended to support US shipbuilders, could inadvertently provide an opportunity for South Korean and Japanese producers to strengthen their market position against increasingly competitive Chinese rivals.

South Korea – an interesting market for European companies

South Korea – an interesting market for European companies

26 April 2024 — Korean economy shows a slightly slower growth in recent years. However, it remains one of the major economic forces in the world. With the rise of Korean culture, more foreign companies are getting familiar with Korea. Similarly, young Korean companies are networking more with foreign businesses. These trends make Korea increasingly interesting and accessible for international and especially European businesses.

Bringing agility to a traditional PMO to thrive in volatile situations

Bringing agility to a traditional PMO to thrive in volatile situations

21 March 2024 — The concept of PMO or program management office has been around for decades and played an integral part in bringing large scale programs and transformations to fruition. However, with the latest advances in project management, such as agile or lean, it is time for a facelift. In this article, we provide a blueprint for integrating the latest best practices into a traditional PMO setup.

Korean economy and the role of its SMEs

Korean economy and the role of its SMEs

8 March 2024 — The need for Korean SMEs expanding within the domestic industrial framework and venturing into international markets has become increasingly important to the country's economy today. To achieve realistic success in overseas markets, SME companies need to carefully analyze the local market, while seeking to receive proper support to surpass culture and language barriers.

Optimizing working capital in a downturn for resilience

Optimizing working capital in a downturn for resilience

18 December 2023 — Many companies struggle to free up significant cash via optimizing net working capital (NWC). This article walks you through a pragmatic process for optimizing net working capital adding some practical key considerations as well. A systematic process is essential to free up cash reserves and shift working capital management from passive monitoring to active optimization.

Opportunities for Korean companies in the post-COVID international markets

Opportunities for Korean companies in the post-COVID international markets

4 October 2023 — Amidst the ongoing recovery from the profound ramifications from COVID-19, the global economy and the intricate web of global supply chains are going through a transformative phase. However, within these shifts lie many opportunities. For Korean enterprises, this phase presents the potential for fresh prospects beyond the borders.

New market entry - best practices and lessons learned

New market entry - best practices and lessons learned

2 February 2023 — In a series of webinars and lectures, we discuss how leveraging a systematic and structured methodology for international expansion and new market entry can increase chances of success.

Identifying investment targets through future-looking industry analysis

Identifying investment targets through future-looking industry analysis

11 October 2022 — The private equity (PE) industry is, by nature, opportunistic and new investments are often evaluated case by case. Traditionally, PE deal sourcing has been relying largely on existing networks and screening of interesting industries. However, this easily leads investors to compete for the same targets. By conducting future-looking industry analysis, PE investors could be one step ahead of others, identify emerging opportunities early on and thus build a competitive advantage. In this article, we present a methodology that could be used for this.