The Strategy of Jack Ma
How does Jack Ma compare to other Chinese businessmen?
Jack Ma is quite different from other ultra-rich Chinese entrepreneurs. He does not come from a rich or high-class family, but is one of the self-made millionaire entrepreneurs that emerged when China’s communist market opened up. His business practices are based on the strategy of creating trust rather then selling services. Unlike the stereotypical CEO, Ma has always been a bit of an outsider; people did not take him seriously until he hit a breakthrough with his big ideas. But the high-level employees at Alibaba resemble him—a group of alternative people who have demonstrated a great deal of loyalty to his ideology and leadership.
Is there a relation between Jack Ma’s commitment to technological progress (even sacrificing short-term financial profit to achieve that) and the Maoist pursuit of social progress through communism (even justifying violence and destruction)?
By considering multiple perspectives—not only those of Jack Ma but also those of Alibaba’s public as well as the individuals who comprise its massive user base—it becomes difficult to achieve a unified or balanced perspective. In general, what these ideologies have in common is an emphasis on a limited number of aspects at the expense of the wider perspective, which ultimately leads these ideologies to create long-term inequalities. For example, Ma specifically targets sexism and encourages women to become entrepreneurs through Alibaba, but his vision of all-encompassing e-commerce poses a significant threat to the protection of humane working conditions, work-life balances, and family cohesion. This vision only grants women equality in the sense that it pushes them towards constant work and productivity.