Does Alibaba limit Chinese Small and Medium Enterprises or enrich them?

Authors: Xu, L., Cai, G., Bei, Y. and De Vrieze, P.

Journal: IM&IO

The multi-branch wide operating Alibaba e-commerce group is a system of platforms. It plays a very important role in driving significant business development for small enterprises (SME) in China. Platforms enable the Chineses smaller firms to enlarge their scales channels, create opportunities, logistical and product service with a relevant lower cost. Challenges are the gatekeeper role of a dominant company and the strong internal competition of the SMEs within the platforms.

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