TABLE: Strategy 1: Professionalizing Management
A sampling of the best emerging Asian companies and their management strategies
COMPANY COUNTRY STRATEGY REVENUE
JOHNSON HONG KONG In the business of micromotors, $250 MILLION
ELECTRIC this family company is bringing up 29%
in outside executives and
investing heavily in training.
TAIWAN TAIWAN This highly successful foundry $740 MILLION
SEMICONDUCTOR has an American as president. up 57%
Under him are a handful of
Taiwanese with American MBAs.
ASTRA INDONESIA The core business is assembling $4 BILLION
INTERNATIONAL and distributing autos. It is up 51%
run by a professional management
team that weathered a crisis
when the founding Soeryadjaya
family sold out in 1993.
SIME MALAYSIA Southeast Asia's biggest $3.1 BILLION
DARBY conglomerate, with 200 companies up 17%
and 32,000 employees, is changing
its sleepy image by wooing fresh
RAJA INDONESIA This group, which includes pulp $1 BILLION
GARUDA MAS and paper plants, hires managers NA
from around the world to help start
up or manage its businesses.
NOTE: Sales are 1994 or most recent fiscal year, in U.S. dollars. NA=not
available. DATA: BUSINESS WEEK