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Keep Your Customers Happy but Disorganized to Prevent Buyer Power

by Brian Viard | Sep. 14 2016

As a seller, you may often encounter a situation like this: your customers gather and discuss the product they want.

Countering Supplier Power: Can an Employee be Too Good?

by Brian Viard | Mar. 9 2016

Managers instinctively think about the threat of competitors because they can push down prices and lower profits. But there are.

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Learning from Market Entry: Keep Your Entrants Imaginary

What industry incumbents can learn from the forces that guide market entry.

by Brian Viard | Oct. 28 2014

Deciding to Invest in Something? Bear in Mind the Opportunity Cost

By using the principle of opportunity cost, Chinese companies can make better investment decisions.

by Brian Viard | Sep. 23 2014

Will Competition Work in Chinese Industries?

Can increased competition in Chinese industries help the country meet its goals for greater reforms? During last November’s Third.

by Brian Viard | Aug. 12 2014

Restrictions on New Car Purchases: An Economist’s Road Trip

Various cities across China are restricting new car purchases in an effort to curb pollution and traffic using either auctions.

by Brian Viard | Jul. 9 2014

China’s Salt Monopoly: Cracking Down on Illegal Contraband

China’s 2,132-year old salt monopoly and why it makes sense to finally end it. Early last.

by Brian Viard | Jun. 11 2014

Box Office Sales: It’s all a Matter of Timing (Part 2)

Last time I discussed how important movie-release timing is to box office sales in the US and how studios.

by Brian Viard | Apr. 17 2014

Box Office Sales: It’s all a Matter of Timing (Part 1)

  Box office sales are a function of movie release timings, but warding off competition is a different ball game.

by Brian Viard | Apr. 7 2014

Holding Up an Airline

The peculiar problem of pilot scarcity in China might be resolved with simple economics. From 1968 to 1973 US commercial.

by Brian Viard | Feb. 24 2014

The iPad Index: Comparing Apples and Oranges

Is the iPad Index a good way of comparing the purchasing power parity of different countries? CommSec, a unit of.

by Brian Viard | Dec. 2 2013

Starbucks Prices in China: How Much For a Cup of Coffee?

CCTV’s recent report examining Starbucks prices in China has created a storm in a coffee cup. Are the concerns.

by Brian Viard | Nov. 19 2013

Tackling Excess Capacity in Industry: The Race Not Yet Run

Should the government take on the task of reducing excess capacity in an industry or is that best left to.

by Brian Viard | Oct. 17 2013

“Beggar Thy (Hotel) Neighbor”: Some Hotels in China are Expanding at Any Cost

How opening new hotels in China could damage the entire industry In late May, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) celebrated the.

by Brian Viard | Sep. 16 2013

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