Some time in the middle of last year, subway commuters in Beijing and Shanghai stumbled across an interesting experiment–the walls of select stations had been turned into virtual supermarkets by Yihaodian, a Chinese online supermarket. All a commuter had to do was scan the QR codes of whatever he needed on the ‘virtual supermarket aisles’ […]
At last count, China had nearly 538 million internet users–a number that is growing everyday. Out of these 538 million, 194 million have shopped online. And this number is also growing everyday. As a result, e-commerce is one of the hottest sectors in China right now. The Chinese customer is demanding–and unforgiving–and competition between players […]
Innovation communities will push the boundaries of Open Innovation, says Henry Chesbrough, the proponent of this revolutionary idea in management.
Three erstwhile copycats innovate through trial and error, to fight the fierce war over online classifieds market A few years back Ren Jinglei, a university student interning at an IT company in Beijing, decided to buy a bicycle to ease his commute to the office. Like an increasing number of Chinese people, Ren prefers to […]
Chinese car maker BYD is finding it tough to shift from imitation to innovation. It used to take a cheeky sense of pride in copying, then beating much bigger rivals. Low costs and imitation made BYD one of China’s top five carmakers in an incredibly short space of time, even inviting a high-profile $232-million […]
How will the progress of IT and automation change the future of work? In 1988, Harvard Business School Professor Shoshana Zuboff predicted that the working world was on the verge of a revolution in which many jobs would be “informated”-automated and computerized in ways that would greatly extend human capacities even as it dumbs-down the […]
Around the world, the October death of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs was a collective moment of mourning, admiration, and reflection. In China, another element was added to the mix: self-flagellation. Why, lamented many commentators, has China failed to produce its own Steve Jobs? Former Google China chief Kai-Fu Lee, writing on Sina Weibo, blamed an […]
Innovation accounts for a sizable portion of economy-wide growth in productivity, especially in high-income countries. According to the 2011 World Intellectual Property Report ‘the Changing Face of Innovation’ recently released by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), innovation-driven growth is no longer the prerogative of high-income countries alone. Low and middle-income economies including China have […]