Category Archives: Hangzhou

How China becomes a global leader in AI and driverless cars – Mark Greeven

China’s high-tech companies like Alibaba, Tencent, Xiaomi and Baidu are pushing the country to become a global leader by developing new business models, says Zhejiang University professor Mark Greeven, author of Business Ecosystems in China: Alibaba and Competing Baidu, Tencent, Xiaomi and LeEco to the South China Morning Post.

Mark Greeven joins China Speakers Bureau

Associate professor Mark Greeven of the Zhejiang University in Hangzhou has agreed to join the China Speakers Bureau. Dr. Greeven is a leading authority on competition in China. He is co-author of the book Business Ecosystems in China: Alibaba and Competing Baidu, Tencent, Xiaomi and LeEco, comparing five leading corporate organizations in China.

Is Alibaba cooking the Single’s Day books? – Paul Gillis

China’s e-commerce giant booked another record during its Single’s Day in 2017. But what figures is the company actually reporting? Beida accounting professor Paul Gillis dives into the figures at his Chinaaccountingblog.

The amazing shows by China’s tycoons – Jeffrey Towson

The world looked with awe when Alibaba’s chairman Jack Ma performed as Michael Jackson during a massive show for employees and customers last week. But Chinese tycoons like to put up a show, says Beida business professor Jeffrey Towson to CNN. Western CEO’s seldom let themselves go (perhaps with the exception of former ABN Amro CEO Gerrit Zalm).

Does Alibaba’s merchandise deal with Pokemon makes sense? – Shaun Rein/Jeffrey Towson

Alibaba Pictures has expanded its merchandise market with a new deal for the successful Japanese Pokemon. But experts differ on the question such a more makes sense for Alibaba Pictures. A diversion from its core business, says business analyst Shaun Rein. But Beidu business professor Jeffrey Towson lauds the effort for a comprehensive approach of the total value chain, he tells the 6th Tone.

How Alibaba Pictures gets an advantage with big data – Jeffrey Towson

Alibaba is pushing into the entertainment industry. The internet giant has one huge advantage, traditional filmmakers can only dream of, says business professor Jeffrey Towson in the Nikkei Asia Review. “Alibaba is attempting to create a new type of smart production that replaces “big bets” with “big data”.”

Second, third-tier cities: today´s winners – Shaun Rein

China´s first tier cities seem to be getting out of breath, while second and third-tier cities blossom. Business analyst Shaun Rein has been predicting the shift already for a long time, he tells the South China Morning Post. The rising prosperity of lower-tier cities may boost tourism to cheaper destinations like the Philippines and Thailand, he adds.

Few US jobs from Alibaba – Ben Cavender

Chairman Jack Ma of Alibaba promised US president-elect Donald Trump a million US jobs, but what he might get, says retail analyst Ben Cavender at CNN, are very, very few real jobs. “I don’t see a lot of job creation happening.”

Tencent´s cannibalistic culture – Andy Mok

Tencent’s culture is like a shark womb, tells innovation expert Andy Mok to Bloomberg. Since the internet giant became China´s largest company in market cap, interest in what makes the company tick has been growing.

An assertive China does not need the world that much – Arthur Kroeber

If the presidency of China over the G20 in Hangzhou has showed anything, it is that a more self-confident nation needs the rest of the world not as much as in the recent past, says political analyst Arthur Kroeber to LA Times. “The U.S. has less leverage to get things it wants.”