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  • Initially using a closed system, Tencent has switched to an open platform. How does it work and how will the firm establish an ecology to sustain the platform?
    Keywords:
    open technology, mobile technology
    Case advisor: Zhu Rui

    From the tech industry’s chief enemy to an open platform approach, the massive Tencent has made a complete volte face in terms of its capabilities and financial acumen. Tencent gives across a very different impression from three years ago. Initially using a closed system, Tencent has switched to an open platform. How does it work and how will the firm establish an ecology to sustain the platform? What ideas does Tencent have about shifting to a mobile platform and what are the risks of moving from PC to mobile technology?

  • This case looks in detail at the Xiaomi method to find out how the company makes its Internet mindset central to its strategy.
    Keywords:
    innovation, technology, internet
    Case advisor: Teng Bingsheng

    In the three years since its founding in April 2010, mobile phone maker Xiaomi has reached 31 billion RMB in sales, and in August 2013, it gained a valuation of 10 billion USD. This kind of growth is out of reach for the majority of companies. As one of the Chinese IT industry’s first entrepreneurs, Lei Jun spent eight years struggling to make it in the industry, succeeding in bringing a company to market only on the fifth attempt. Now, as one of the country’s most successful investors, Lei Jun has brought out the Xiaomi phone. What innovations have helped bring Xiaomi its success? Xiaomi’s “Internet mindset” has been integral to its success, and is seen as an example of best practice in the mobile phone industry. But when sales settle down, how can Xiaomi optimize its supply chain to drive competitiveness? This case looks in detail at the Xiaomi method to find out how the company makes its Internet mindset central to its strategy.

  • Yu’ebao appeared out of the blue in 2013, arriving in the wake of Alipay’s major shake-up of China’s money market financial instruments. What impact will Yu’ebao have on commercial banking and the rest of the financial industry?
    Keywords:
    internet banking, financial innovation
    Case advisor: Ouyang Hui

    Yu’ebao appeared out of the blue in 2013, arriving in the wake of Alipay’s major shake-up of China’s money market financial instruments. However, by the end of May 2014, Yu’ebao had more than 100 million users and was worth more than 570 billion RMB. Is there now a bottleneck that will curtail its growth and what does its future hold in store? What impact will Yu’ebao have on commercial banking and the rest of the financial industry? An in-depth comparison with US payment innovation Paypal helps us understand the developmental context of Yu’ebao and future trajectories.

  • Because of shortcomings in the Chinese financial system, originating in the West, online transactions using the P2P model took off in China.
    Keywords:
    internet banking, innovation
    Case advisor: Chen Long

    This case compares Yixin and Renrendai to highlight contrasting and differentiated ways of going about P2P transactions. It discusses the current situation and the development hurdles that P2P focused companies face in China.

  • A change of leadership is behind Lenovo’s successful integration of IBM computers
    Keywords:
    M&A, integration, technology, leadership
    Case advisor: Xiang Bing

    What can other Chinese firms undergoing their own M&A integration phases learn from Lenovo’s experience?

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