News & Highlights

  • February 2017

Shaping Singapore - Conducting an Urban Symphony

Currently CEO of Singapore’s Housing and Development Board (and a former CEO of its Urban Redevelopment Authority), Koon Hean Cheong (AMP 173, 2007) was the first Asian to be awarded the Urban Land Institute’s J.C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development.
  • December 2016
  • Alumni News

Alumni Leading Change - Setting the Standard for Commercial Success

As chairman of Esquel Group, Marjorie Yang (MBA 1976) oversees one of the world’s largest manufacturers of high-end cotton shirts. Founded in 1978 and headquartered in Hong Kong, Esquel employs 57,000 people at 35 plants and offices worldwide. The company earned approximately $1.5 billion in revenue in 2015 from serving top brands, including Hugo Boss, Nautica, and Ralph Lauren.

New Research on the Region

  • March 2017
  • Article
  • Politics & Society

Land Institutions and Chinese Political Economy: Institutional Complementarities and Macroeconomic Management

This article critically examines the origins and evolution of China’s unique land institutions and situates land policy in the larger context of China’s reforms and pursuit of economic growth. It argues that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has strengthened the institutions that permit land expropriation—namely, urban/rural dualism, decentralized land ownership, and hierarchical land management—in order to use land as a key instrument of macroeconomic regulation, helping the CCP respond to domestic and international economic trends and manage expansion and contraction. Key episodes of macroeconomic policymaking are analyzed, with the use of local and central documents, to show how the CCP relied on the manipulation and distribution of the national land supply either to stimulate economic growth or to rein in an overheating economy. China’s land institutions, therefore, share “complementarities” with fiscal and financial institutions and benefit powerful political actors while imposing costs on marginal ones.

  • February 2017 (Revised March 2017)
  • Case


Publicly listed in November 2005, Link REIT was the first real estate investment trust (REIT) in Hong Kong after the Hong Kong government decided to privatize a portfolio of community shopping malls, car parks, and fresh produce markets. Run by CEO George Hongchoy, the company had evolved from managing retail spaces in public housing estates in Hong Kong into new property types such as offices, and into new geographies such as Beijing and Shanghai in Mainland China. The case centers around the many questions Hongchoy faced on whether the strategic shift would dilute Link's mission of servicing the local community with affordable yet quality retail experience, while balancing his responsibilties to his shareholders while pursuing other growth opportunities.

  • January 2017
  • Teaching Material

Q&A: Ghislain de Charentenay, Sanford C. Bernstein Director of Research, Asia

By: Linda A. Hill and Allison J. Wigen

In this video supplement to the HBS case series "Sanford C. Bernstein Goes to Asia," case protagonist Ghislain de Charentenay recalls his leadership priorities and challenges upon being appointed director of research in Asia.

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