Category: Organizational Behaviour
Abstract: Alibaba Group Holding Limited is an operator of online mobile marketplaces in retail and wholesale trade. They are a multinational technology conglomerate that has a total of 115 subsidiaries with 785 companies. Some notable platforms owned by Alibaba include Taobao, Tmall, Aliexpress and Lazada. The company is involved in logistics, retail and wholesale, local consumer businesses, cloud services including network virtualization services, large scale computing, security and big data analytics. They also partake in innovation initiatives and digital media and entertainment. Their headquarters is located in China. They also have offices located in several countries around the world including Singapore, India, the United Kingdom (UK) and the United States (US). Over the past decade, Alibaba has seen exponential revenue growth. Understanding Jack Ma’s (co-founder and former executive chairman of Alibaba Group) leadership behaviours and Alibaba’s organizational culture enabled us to appreciate how the group managed complex and intertwined issues during his tenure. Now that the baton has been passed to succeeding Chairman and Alibaba CEO Daniel Zhang, the world’s eyes have turned to Zhang to witness how he leverages on Alibaba’s current position and sustains its business operations and rapid growth.