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Ray, I agree with the three trends you depicted. And I add that:

China has not yet produced a significant number of thought leaders in MR but will in the near future. Count the demographic statistics. If there are 100 geniuses in the world, 20 will be Chinese and 20 Indian, provided these giants caught up fast in their stage of development. Just like what Hans Rosling reveals in his brilliant stats presentations.

The language factor you mentioned is a good point. Indian researchers are already conquering many US and anglo markets, taking up positions in the market research world of these countries. I have attended Chinese and Japanese research conferences. They provide a mirror of how research can look like in a non-Western paradigm. Despite that we are a converging world, there are still a lot of conventions and styles because of the cultural background.

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