CGE Launches China Platform Survey
May 14, 2015
Over the past decade, China has spawned a large number of highly successful platform companies. Tencent (social media), Alibaba (e-commerce), Baidu (search) have grown to serve hundreds of millions of users. In the process, China has become one of the most competitive and innovative countries for platform business models. A growing number of these companies are building international connections. For example China’s second largest e-commerce platform, JD.com has announced a new platform called JD Worldwide. This new cross-border e-commerce platform, JD Worldwide, will provide Chinese consumers with greater access to imported products.
In order to better understand the rise of Chinese platform companies, the Center for Global Enterprise is pleased to partner with Professor Weiru Chen and Cho-Hsuan “Joseph” Yu. They are the authors of the best-selling book Ping Tai Zhan Lue, which in English translates to Platform Strategy: Business Model Revolution. Together, Professor Chen and Mr. Yu will compile a survey of leading Chinese platform companies. Their deep understanding of dynamics shaping China’s platform landscape will make an important contribution to CGE’s global survey of platform companies. The China platform survey will contribute to building a database and insights into a wide range of sectors where digital platforms operate including social media, e-commerce, education, finance/payments, real estate, travel, transportation, and human resources.
Dr. Weiru Chen is Associate Professor of Strategy at China Europe International Business School (CEIBS). He teaches industry and competitive analysis, business model innovation, and strategy. Prior to joining CEIBS, Dr. Chen has taught at INSEAD in France and Singapore, and been invited to teach at Peking University in Beijing, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at National University of Singapore, and Abu Dhabi government Civil Service department. Dr. Chen’s research focuses on firms’ technological search behaviors, strategic dynamics, and cross-border business model adaptation. He has published widely on the challenges confronting multinational firms in emerging markets such as replication vs. adaptation, profitability vs. scalability, cooperation vs. competition, and new business models innovation.
Joseph Yu is an entrepreneur and consultant in the creative industry, and an analyst specialized in platform business model. His fields of expertise include creative content design and digital media. Joseph is also a professional speaker and a published novelist. Mr. Yu holds an MBA degree from CEIBS and a B.A. degree from University of British Columbia. He is also a member of the 2041 Antarctica Expedition society.