Intercedent Asia is a leading provider of Position Papers, also known as Thought Leadership Papers or White Papers. These are often commissioned as turnkey assignments. Often the client wishes to explore a particular business issue, the aim being to:

(a) demonstrate ‘thought leadership’ to a particular audience (usually existing or prospective clients), and/or

(b) review a specific policy and/or commercial issue with a view to informing policymakers and/or business leaders.

A distinguishing characteristic of position papers is that they are usually designed for public consumption, in which case the sponsors and/or publishers of these reports may be revealed:

} Public and Enterprise Education & Awareness: A Market Research Guide (2008). This study was commissioned by APEC as the centerpiece for a 3-day Symposium on the same subject attended by all member economies in December 2007. The turnkey report sought to persuade the 21 APEC member economies of the importance of research for Enterprise and Public Education and Awareness, and to provide developing and developed economies with a Toolkit and appropriate strategies to accomplish the same. The report was funded by Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore with survey research conducted in these three markets plus US, Canada, Mexico, Chile, Peru, Vietnam, Thailand and the Philippines.

} China's Energy Industry Ecosystem (2007). This multi-client study provided a province-by-province analysis of China's energy industry infrastructure, looking at the dynamics and drivers of demand in each province, and the sources and strategies for securing energy supply. The inter-dependencies of provinces were explored, in analysing and projecting the development of electricity production centers and power supply grids. Special consideration was paid to understanding the sources and potential for each province's alternative energy industry, and how each was responding to overall strategic mandates to diversify power supply base.

} Tradeshows – A Value Assessment (2008). Sponsored by SACEOS, an association that represents the MICE industry in Singapore, the main purpose of this seminal document was to understand and capture the reasons why companies decide to take part in exhibitions and how they currently measure (and could measure) their Return on Investment (ROI) as exhibitor or attendee. The research component spanned a period of a year and covered six major Singapore-based exhibitions.  

} The Integrated Express Industry in China – A Catalyst for Growth and Investment (2004). This turnkey report, published by the US-China Business Council and sponsored by the major air express companies, considered the role of the integrated air express industry and assessed its commercial, economic and social contribution to China. Using in-country interviews with air express practitioners, case studies of users of air express services, and a comprehensive nationwide survey of local, JV and wholly owned foreign enterprises, Intercedent built a compelling economic and commercial rationale for an unconstrained integrated air express industry.

} The Economic & Social Impact of a Paraquat Prohibition on Malaysia (2002). Syngenta, one of the world’s largest agrochemical companies, wanted to persuade the Malaysian government to reverse an unexpected decision banning the use of the active ingredient Paraquat as a herbicide. As part of this effort, Syngenta commissioned Intercedent Asia to create a compelling economic case to reverse the ban by documenting the extent and nature of the economic damage that the prohibition would have on Malaysia’s agricultural sector. The analysis included assessments of overall cost to the economy and the adverse impacts on the livelihood of smallholders.

} APEC Outcomes and Outlook 2004/2005. Working closely with senior directors within the APEC Secretariat, Intercedent Asia reviewed APEC’s activities and agenda for facilitating trade, investment and sustainable growth in the Asia-Pacific region. New threats to the economic well-being of the region, including the impact of terrorist attacks, were assessed, as well as the nexus of commerce and human security in the aftermath of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and avian influenza epidemics.

} Science Park Development in China: Practical Policy Prescriptions (for World Bank, 2003). As part of an in-depth study of the development of China’s science parks, Intercedent conducted a range of interviews with the science parks themselves, corporate end users, affiliated universities, regulatory and municipal authorities, and other stakeholders. The research included a comparative assessment of the policy and infrastructure environments for science parks in Silicon Valley and Silicon Fen (Europe), as well as Bangalore, Taiwan, Singapore and Malaysia’s Multimedia Super Corridor.

}  EDB Annual Report 2001/02. Intercedent conducted background research and a series of interviews with enterprises nominated by the EDB culminating in the preparation of the Economic Development Board’s Annual Report for 2002.

Please contact Intercedent Singapore for more information about these reports.