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STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS – In a wide-ranging talk, Jack Ma, chairman of China’s Alibaba Group, publicly declared his interest in acquiring troubled U.S. internet giant Yahoo, while also reflecting on his 12-year journey building an internet powerhouse that has transformed commerce for small businesses and consumers in China. The Chinese e-commerce billionaire addressed [...]

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STANFORD UNIVERSITY – In recent years, it has become increasingly difficult to throw a rock and not hit a startup founder at Stanford or in the surrounding Bay Area, but the same cannot be said of many other places in the world. Latvia, which recently experienced a devastating economic crisis, is one of the many [...]

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STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS  — For just one example of entrepreneurship around the world, take a look at Argentina-based MercadoLibre Inc. It’s a top Latin American e-commerce technology company and provides online systems to consumers and merchants doing business over the internet. Its CEO is Marcos Galperin, MBA’99. Operating in 12 Latin American countries [...]

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STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS — Lee Soo Man had been a modestly successful singer in his native South Korea before studying for a masters in engineering in the 1980s in the United States, so he couldn’t help but notice the meteoric rise of Michael Jackson and other American superstars of the MTV generation.   [...]

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STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS — Each day in Tanzania, 220 people — most of them children — die of complications from malaria, a curable disease. In part those deaths occur because health facilities in extremely rural areas throughout sub-Saharan Africa have immense problems keeping the anti-malarial drugs in stock. That reality is unacceptable to [...]

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Michael Armacost, career diplomat, former Brookings Institution president and now Shorenstein Distinguished Fellow at Stanford’s Freeman Spogli Institute, served as United States ambassador to Japan from 1989 to 1993. He spoke to STANFORD Magazine about past and enduring concerns in Northeast Asia. Time was when Japan, not China, ran up huge trade surpluses and posed [...]

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STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS — Despite civil unrest in places like Tunisia and Egypt, it’s a good time to be setting one’s entrepreneurial sites on the African continent, concluded more than two dozen investors, consultants, former government officials, and business people, who shared their views with a Stanford Graduate School of Business audience on [...]

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STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS —For global mining conglomerate Rio Tinto, 2008 was both the best of times and the worst of times.   A world leader in production of copper, coal, diamonds, and iron ore, the company’s business was expanding at breakneck speed that year. They had just purchased Canadian aluminum company Alcan for $38.1 [...]

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STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS — Plenty of corporate CEOs say they want employees who know how to have fun. But Anheuser-Busch InBev NV chief Carlos Brito, describing the demanding corporate culture he maintains, admits he doesn’t even like the word.   ”I think fun’s too weak. … I have fun at the beach with my [...]

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STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS —How do you go about restoring trust in a 162-year-old company rocked by one of the worst corruption scandals in corporate history? That was the challenge facing Peter Löscher when he joined German conglomerate Siemens AG as president and CEO three years ago. In 1998 the electronics and manufacturing powerhouse was [...]

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