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Alibaba Goes Public

Authors: Palepu, Krishna G.; Srinivasan, Suraj; Wang, Charles C.Y.; Lane, David
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2015

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In 2014 Alibaba debuted on the New York Stock exchange, creating not only the largest IPO in history but this initial desire to list on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange was denied due to the company's desire to preserve its partner's control over decision rights. Why did Hong Kong deny Alibaba's requests to list dual-class shares or to allow its partners to nominate a majority of the board of directors, and in the process turn away a superstar in Alibaba? Why did American stock markets approve of Alibaba's governance structures, despite the warnings of many governance experts?

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Focus Media Holding Ltd (2014)

Authors: Matos, Pedro; Hrnjic, Emir; Tu, Lianting
Product Type: Cases
Source: Darden Business Publishing
Publication Year: 2014

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In November 2011, Muddy Waters, a US short-seller fund, accused Focus Media of overstating the size of its business. Focus Media's stock price fell sharply at first but then rebounded as the company countered the attacks. In March 2012, however, the US Securities and Exchange Commission launched its own investigation and pressured Focus Media to amend some of its filings...

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China's Environmental Challenge

Authors: Kirby, William C.; Bynum, Nora; Zendell, Erica M.; Crow, Brittany
Product Type: Notes
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2014

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China faces enormous environmental challenges. This background note looks at the historical, economic and political origins of the environmental crisis that faces the world's fastest-growing economy.

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Contracting from East to West: Bridging the Cultural Divide

Author: Richards, Eric L.
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: Business Horizons
Publication Year: 2014

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When contracting in a global environment, basic cultural differences increase the risk of misunderstandings. For U.S. and Chinese businesses to better understand how to successfully negotiate and carry out contractual relations with one another, they must recognize the differences in core cultural values between the two countries and develop strategies for reconciling these differences.

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A Critical Corporate Profile of Li & Fung

Authors: Ross, Robert J.S.; Patterson, Dana; Yadegari, Brendon; Wegemer, Chris
Product Type: Research Notes / Working Papers
Source: Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise
Publication Year: 2014

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Li & Fung’s central role in shaping the supply chain of apparel potentially affects the lives of millions of workers in their direct supply chains and the labor markets in which they are such a commanding force. Understanding the complex implications of Li & Fung’s business strategy for workers’ rights is crucial for securing decent conditions for workers in the apparel industry over the coming years.

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The GSK Scandal: When Questionable Global Practices Met Imperfect Institutions in Emerging Markets

Authors: Tao, Zhigang; Lo, W.H.
Product Type: Cases
Source: University of Hong Kong
Publication Year: 2014

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In traditional markets, global pharmaceutical companies ("pharm companies") are no strangers to wooing hospitals and doctors to favor prescriptions of their drugs. These questionable "marketing" practices were taken to the next level in the China market. The Chinese government introduced a new round of reform in 2009. While it promises to spend millions more on healthcare, its action to wipe out bribery and other kickback-seeking behaviors of the industry left many players perplexed. The first to take the heat was GlaxoSmithKline…

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Global Business Ethics: China and US Issues

Authors: Hanson, Kirk O.; Baocheng, Liu
Product Type: Interviews; Multimedia
Source: Markkula Center for Applied Ethics
Publication Year: 2014

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Discussing the ethical and global challenges of Americans doing business in China and vice versa...

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Teach For China and the Chinese Nonprofit Sector

Authors: Kirby, William C.; Zendell, Erica M.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2014

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Teach For China adapted the model pioneered by Teach For America to meet the needs of the educationally under-resourced of rural China. Led by an American, could Teach For China reshape its international identity and become an enduring Chinese institution?

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Helping Chinese Consumers Making the Informed Choices: the Challenge of Trust

Author: Wu, Shali
Product Type: Cases
Source: Tsinghua University
Publication Year: 2014

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In 2013, a group of Tsinghua IMBA graduates decided to open a business, originally called "topline technology", to target Chinese consumers by supplying consumer goods reviews and rankings based on independent analysis and reviews. Setting "independent" and "fair" as its core value, the company is determined to help Chinese consumers with better information. The biggest challenge is how to establish trust...

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NPI in China: Organizing for Social Good

Authors: Branzei, Oana; Hu, Yanfei
Product Type: Cases
Source: Richard Ivey School of Business
Publication Year: 2014

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NPI is a Shanghai-based social venture that actively promotes social innovation and cultivates social entrepreneurs by granting crucial support to start-up and small- to medium-sized grassroots non-profit and non-governmental organizations. The founder is faced with devising a three-year strategic transformation of NPI at a critical tipping point for social enterprise in China.

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