White goods manufacturer Haier is turning itself into an internet-based ‘platform company’ made up of several micro-enterprises. The idea is to create an organization that is extremely responsive to customer needs, constantly cultivates new ideas and innovates quickly. To do that it needs to discard the traditional organizational structure where ideas flow top-down and execution is done bottom-up. The company is now a flat organization which is a marketplace of ideas, talent and resources. The plan sounds good in theory but will the execution be easy?
Anil Gupta, an expert on globalization and strategy, on the domino effect unleashed by several global megatrends—from the turmoil in the energy markets and the crisis in Greece, to the challenges being faced by the Chinese economy.
In China, LinkedIn is offering its tried and tested formula of professional networking with some unique twists.
Chinese smartphone company OnePlus has received many accolades in the global market. Can it recreate the same magic in China?
The success of Starbucks in China has to do with things beyond just coffee: localization of flavors, store formats, image and also retention policies.
In a bid to prevent users from venturing out of their proprietary environment, Alibaba and Tencent are aggressively adopting a walled garden strategy.
Cheng Wei, founder and CEO of Didi Dache, on how the combined entity of Didi Dache and Kuaidi Dache will evolve into a full-service transportation platform
Whether it’s the progress of technology, the rapid growth of the emerging markets, or the nature of capitalism to destroy and renew industries, the challenges of maturity have tended to be overlooked in recent years. Now, however, with many economies slowing down and the world’s population getting progressively grayer, this may need to change. In this series, we look at what it takes for businesses to navigate their middle years. In part 1, we explore what it takes to lead a mature company.
Having conquered China’s smartphone market, Xiaomi now wants to take over your living room—and the world
Uber China is going all out to woo customers with quirky promotions. Here’s how.