When Alibaba´s Jack Ma met US president-elect Donald Trump and announced he would create one million jobs in the US, it was already taken with a pinch of salt. Mainly good PR, says Peking University professor Jeffrey Towson to AFP, by a Chinese company focusing on the US as its next market.
The decision to sell a controlling stake of McDonald´s to private investors in the Carlyle Group, Citic Capital and Citic Group triggered off mixed reactions among analysts. Retail analyst Ben Cavender says the new investors can help to refurbish and expand the chain. Peking University business professor Jeffrey Towson sees a different management style, that makes competitor KFC run for its money. But business analyst Shaun Rein sees to end to the inevitable decline of McDonald´s.
Uber was the last American firm failing to enter China. But it has not stopped newcomers to enter this tough market. Airbnb is the latest arrival and Peking University business professor Jeffrey Towson gives the US firm some tips on how to win access at his LinkedIn page.
If at any place the switch from brick-and-mortar is going fast, it is China. Permanent online consumers comment, exchange information, and buy 24/7. When you sit down in a restaurant, you first ask the code for the free wifi, before the menu. When you travel abroad, you constantly discuss with friends and family back how, what to buy, or what not to buy.
Jeffrey Towson, Peking University professor and eminent expert on China´s business development, will be based in Brazil in April and May of 2017. Most of his time he will spend in Rio de Janeiro. After that he will return to Asia.
Chinese platforms are going global: Ctrip, Didi, Alibaba, Baidu, UnionPay. Global platforms try to enter China: Airbnbn, Uber, Google, Facebook. Peking University business professor Jeffrey Towson welcomes us to the US-China platform war, and explores on his LinkedIn page the battle field.
China´s macro economy regularly triggers off predictions of doom and gloom, but at micro level, there is still an amazing opportunity for growth, says Peking University business professor Jeffrey Towson to the Financial Times. “You can keep watching more and more movies and taking more and more vacations.”
LinkedIn published an annual ranking of top voices, placing professor Jeffrey Towson, one of our speaker, in its top-10 for economy and finance. “They’ve weighed in on the biggest financial stories of the year, memorably tackling topics as diverse as the future of China’s economy to the need for change at major banks.
The purchase of the Plough at Cadsden in rural Buckinghamshire, the bar where then-prime minister David Cameron and president Xi Jinping toasted on their relationship by the Chinese company SinoFortone shows a change in the typical tourist habits, says Peking university business professor Jeffrey Towson in the China Daily.
Online markets are fast moving to mobile. The US$1.7bn purchase of Skyscanner by leading travel booking service Ctrip illustrates that move, says Jeffrey Towson, business professor at the Peking University in the Financial Times. “What they need next is a hotel network,” adds Towson.