The Tao of Alibaba

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the Tao of Alibaba
Inside the Chinese Digital Giant that Is Changing the World
by Brian A. Wong

From a longtime Alibaba executive and former special assistant to Jack Ma, this is the first book to articulate how Alibaba's unique culture and “tai chi” management principles are providing a business and economic development model for the rest of the world.

If you took the economic might of Amazon and added the penetration of Facebook, the ubiquity of Google, and the cultural significance of YouTube, you might have something starting to resemble Alibaba. Commonly mischaracterized as a kind of Chinese eBay for businesses, Alibaba and its interlinked network of products and services have exploded into global markets, disrupting conventional businesses and creating previously unimaginable opportunities for millions of small businesses worldwide.

This book reveals the Tao of Alibaba—the company’s “secret sauce”—a consciously cultivated ethos and spirit that has enabled Alibaba to weather tough times and persist toward a common mission. It is a blueprint of the company’s management philosophy, crystalized into the most important elements that have driven its success, and the book provides a road map for how to incorporate these principles into any organization’s operations.

Wong distills his nearly two decades of experience inside the company to show readers how to align their organization’s capabilities with performance-maximizing tools in order to achieve success. But most importantly, the Tao of Alibaba  teaches the pursuit of greater purpose and meaning, steering entrepreneurs to view their ventures as a vehicle for having profound and lasting impacts on their communities. Ultimately, the lessons shared in The Tao of Alibaba  will serve as timeless tools for any entrepreneur seeking to configure their organization toward purpose and impact.

The book shows leaders how they can steer their organization toward maximizing performance while at the same time having a real impact onthe world around them.
Arianna Huffington
Founder and CEO, Thrive Global
Brian Wong has masterfully laid out the blueprint for how Alibaba built a mission-driven organization that truly empowers its employees.
Esther Wojcicki
Leading American educator, author, and fabled “godmother of Silicon Valley”
An insider’s account of one of the world’s most important companies and a rare opportunity to see not only what makes Alibaba tick, but also how it helped change China.
Peter Cappelli
George W. Taylor Professor of Management, the Wharton School, and co-author of Fortune Makers
This should be required reading for business school! The Tao of Alibaba bridges east and west and provides a fresh alternative to western frameworks for leadership and company building.
Connie Chan
General Partner, Andreessen Horowitz
[Wong’s] insights… are invaluable to anyone interested in starting and scaling a tech business.
Geoffrey Garrett
Dean, Robert R. Dockson Dean’s Chair in Business Administration and professor of management and organization, USC Marshall School of Business
This book will teach entrepreneurs how to build a global business better than any MBA course ever could.
Dr. Parag Khanna
International bestselling author of The Future is Asian
Brian Wong has done an absolutely brilliant job of drawing out the special genius of Jack Ma and The Tao of Alibaba… an absolute must-read!
Kishore Mahbubani
Founding Dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, NUS, and author of Has China Won?
This book is a must-read for anyone looking for invaluable management insights on how to future-proof your company for the digital age.
R “Ray” Wang
Chairman of Constellation Research, Inc., and bestselling author of Disrupting Digital Business and Everyone Wants to Rule the World
A well-organized, well-written account of how Alibaba grew from a tiny startup to a corporate giant.

Brian A. Wong is a Chinese American entrepreneur and investor. He was the first American and only the 52nd employee to join Alibaba Group, where he contributed to the company’s early globalization efforts and served as Jack Ma’s special assistant for international affairs. During his 16-year tenure, Wong established the Alibaba Global Initiatives (AGI) division and was the founder and executive director of the Alibaba Global Leadership Academy. Wong remains an adviser to the AGI team and regularly teaches courses on China’s digital economy and the Tao of Alibaba management principles. Wong is also founder and chairman of RADII, a digital media company.


ISBN-13: 9781541701656
Publisher: PublicAffairs
Publication date: 11/01/2022
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6 x 1.06 x 9.25 inches