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Alibaba: Jack Ma's unique growth strategy and the future of its global development in the Chinese digital business industry

Alibaba: Jack Ma's unique growth strategy and the future of its global development in the Chinese digital business industry

Kim, Young-Chan (2018) Alibaba: Jack Ma's unique growth strategy and the future of its global development in the Chinese digital business industry. In: Kim, Young-Chan and Chen, Pi-Chi, (eds.) The Digitization of Business in China: Exploring the Transformation from Manufacturing to a Digital Service Hub. Palgrave Macmillan Asian Business Series (PAMABS) . Palgrave, UK, pp. 219-231. ISBN 978-3319790480 (doi:https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-79048-0_9)

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Abstract

China’s B2B businesses have gained immensely from the surge in social media users—with Alibaba, who have been at the forefront of the movement, benefitting the greatest. When compared to typical Western B2B companies, Alibaba has pursued a unique growth strategy—in line with the Chinese business ethos, through maintaining strong relations with the government as well as their gradual transition into the manufacturing sector. This research will therefore investigate Alibaba’s growth strategies through the lens of Chinese traditional norms to discern whether their development phases are exclusive to Alibaba, or whether it can be emulated by emerging e-commerce firms, also. Thus, Alibaba’s early business decisions will be compared to that of their Western digital business counterparts, analysing which factors shaped their successes, whether it be their development strategies or Ma’s own persona. Ultimately, Alibaba’s global status in the e-commerce industry going forward will be assessed to determine the relative likelihood of their future growth initiatives—addressing in the process whether their standing as the global leader of online business is temporary or whether it will fundamentally change the course of the industry.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: Chapter 9.
Uncontrolled Keywords: China, Digital Business, B2B, Alibaba
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DS Asia
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Business
Faculty of Business > Department of International Business & Economics
Last Modified: 17 May 2019 10:56
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: GREAT 2
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/19728

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