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2005年NPR美国国家公共电台七月-China Profiles: Jack Ma, Internet CEO

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From NPR news, this is All Things Considered. I'm Michelle Noris. and I am Robert Seagull.

China has been in the news a lot lately. Its economy is booming. Its military is modernizing1. But some of the country's most important changes are taking place within the minds of its people. This week NPR's Rob Gifford will introduce us to five Chinese people who are breaking out of old Chinese mindsets. More and more they are making choices for themselves. Our series is called " A Nation of Individuals" and today we begin with Jack2 Ma. He's founder3 of a website called Alibaba.

Jack Ma runs a business-to-business or B2B online trading company called Alibaba. He says he's the CEO, but says that stands for Chief Educational Officer. A former English teacher, Ma certainly seems to have some lessons to share as he shows visitors around his fancy new offices in the eastern city of Hangzhou, a few hours' drive from Shanghai.

Usually in China , the boss is on the top. Most of the companies put the CEO on the tenth floor, but I think on the top floor should be our customers, should be our employees and colleagues so I stand on the lowest floor. That is the sixth floor so they are my bosses and my favorite floor is No.10th and No.9 where the people are talking to the customers. I always drop there and listen to them.

Ma is not just turning office fengshui(风水) on its head, he's trying to turn Chinese business upside down, too. If China is to become the economic superpower that many say it could be, people like Jack Ma maybe the most important in shaping it. Of course, China's thousands and thousands of industrial revolution style factories will continue to churn out almost everything the world wants to buy, but people like Jack Ma say that stepping out of the old way of thinking maybe just as important as utilizing4 cheap labor5 and raising factory productivities.

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The company's shining new offices hum with life,2300 people ,mostly in their twenties, taking and making calls. Alibaba's business is putting purchasers around the world in touch with producers. Factories pay a fee to have their product descriptions translated into English and listed on the Alibaba website. And anyone around the world can then go online and find the producer directly, thus cutting out the middle men and the middle costs. Traditionally, doing business in China is all about the middle men or the well-connected officials through whom many business transactions must go. This makes for corruption6 on a massive scale that angers the general population and hinders China's growth. Jack Ma is trying nothing less ambitious than changing Chinese corporate7 culture, especially among the small and medium-sized enterprises or SMEs.

Making this company be different, making this company great. I think we are changing the Chinese business people doing business, especial the small, medium-sized kind. We give them opportunities on the Internet. We also teach them how to do business. How to hire people, fire people. We are changing the SME.SME small medium sized companies and private companies would be the engine of China's economy.

It's a huge task but Ma is making progress and making some money too. Alibaba has 5.6 million companies registered through its Chinese website and 1.8 million through its international website. Ma says more than 11,000 new companies are joining each day.

Jack Ma's attempt to overturn 55 years of Communist commercial practice, not to mention two and a half millennium8 of hierarchical Confucianism, begins with the training sessions for his new employees.You rarely hear clapping and laughing like this in traditional Chinese companies,but the employees here are encouraged to express themselves in training sessions.And they are drilled in the company values of integrity,honesty,passion and teamwork.Alibaba also brings customers from all over China, especially far inland to its headquarters in Hangzhou to train them in online business, accounting9 transparency and efficiency. Ma says the small town businessmen see him and his success and realize the Internet really is leveling the business playing field.

You know, I just came back,upstairs, meeting some of our customers and they say well they respect us, especially respect me. One of the points is that I don't have any background, strong background, like my father is a government officer or is a rich guy.You know, we are from a very normal family in China. And I am not a super smart guy. But if we can make it, they think ,well, they also can make it.

Employees ,too, like Sabrina Pang10 of Alibaba's website development and Julie Han of the B2B auction11 department, say working for Jack Ma is a breath of fresh air compared to other hierarchical bureaucratic12 Chinese companies.

Before Alibaba, he's a teacher, you know, so maybe I think he brings some culture of the school to the company. That's more simple and more passion.

In the traditional companies, most people do just as his boss ask him to do. Do not discuss. In Alibaba, we can discuss with our boss and mostly we all look like (a) friends. And we can talk about the different idea about one questions.

Ma is under no illusions about the scale of the task ahead, but he says it is not just about opportunities or corporate culture. The crucial thing about the internet in China now he says is that it's starting to make Chinese people think outside the box. And that's not something they're used to.

I think it really helps to stimulate13 the individualism of the Chinese people. When we were young, we hear only one voice. Today you got opportunity to hear 100 and 1000 different voices and you will judge, and you have to judge yourself. When you judge yourself, it is a way to train your innovation.

And perhaps, that will be one of the defining factors of whether China goes on to greatness, if the choices which come with the Internet can make business fairer, and opportunities greater for more people, but perhaps most of all, if they can bring back the spirit of innovation that centuries ago gave the world paper and printing, the compass and gunpowder14, but somehow, that got lost along the way. Rob Gifford, NPR news.


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1 modernizing 44bdb80e6ee4cb51b9829f1073fceee0     
使现代化,使适应现代需要( modernize的现在分词 ); 现代化,使用现代方法
参考例句:
  • Modernizing a business to increase its profitability and competitiveness is a complicated affair. 使企业现代化,从而达到增加利润,增强竞争力的目的,是一件复杂的事情。
  • The young engineer had a large share in modernizing the factory. 这位年轻工程师在工厂现代化的过程中尽了很大的“力”。
2 jack 53Hxp     
n.插座,千斤顶,男人;v.抬起,提醒,扛举;n.(Jake)杰克
参考例句:
  • I am looking for the headphone jack.我正在找寻头戴式耳机插孔。
  • He lifted the car with a jack to change the flat tyre.他用千斤顶把车顶起来换下瘪轮胎。
3 Founder wigxF     
n.创始者,缔造者
参考例句:
  • He was extolled as the founder of their Florentine school.他被称颂为佛罗伦萨画派的鼻祖。
  • According to the old tradition,Romulus was the founder of Rome.按照古老的传说,罗穆卢斯是古罗马的建国者。
4 utilizing fbe1505f632dff25652a1730952a6464     
v.利用,使用( utilize的现在分词 )
参考例句:
  • Utilizing an assembler to produce a machine-language program. 用汇编程序产生机器语言的过程。 来自辞典例句
  • The study and use of devices utilizing properties of materials near absolute zero in temperature. 对材料在接近绝对零度时的特性进行研究和利用的学科。 来自辞典例句
5 labor P9Tzs     
n.劳动,努力,工作,劳工;分娩;vi.劳动,努力,苦干;vt.详细分析;麻烦
参考例句:
  • We are never late in satisfying him for his labor.我们从不延误付给他劳动报酬。
  • He was completely spent after two weeks of hard labor.艰苦劳动两周后,他已经疲惫不堪了。
6 corruption TzCxn     
n.腐败,堕落,贪污
参考例句:
  • The people asked the government to hit out against corruption and theft.人民要求政府严惩贪污盗窃。
  • The old man reviled against corruption.那老人痛斥了贪污舞弊。
7 corporate 7olzl     
adj.共同的,全体的;公司的,企业的
参考例句:
  • This is our corporate responsibility.这是我们共同的责任。
  • His corporate's life will be as short as a rabbit's tail.他的公司的寿命是兔子尾巴长不了。
8 millennium x7DzO     
n.一千年,千禧年;太平盛世
参考例句:
  • The whole world was counting down to the new millennium.全世界都在倒计时迎接新千年的到来。
  • We waited as the clock ticked away the last few seconds of the old millennium.我们静候着时钟滴答走过千年的最后几秒钟。
9 accounting nzSzsY     
n.会计,会计学,借贷对照表
参考例句:
  • A job fell vacant in the accounting department.财会部出现了一个空缺。
  • There's an accounting error in this entry.这笔账目里有差错。
10 pang OKixL     
n.剧痛,悲痛,苦闷
参考例句:
  • She experienced a sharp pang of disappointment.她经历了失望的巨大痛苦。
  • She was beginning to know the pang of disappointed love.她开始尝到了失恋的痛苦。
11 auction 3uVzy     
n.拍卖;拍卖会;vt.拍卖
参考例句:
  • They've put the contents of their house up for auction.他们把房子里的东西全都拿去拍卖了。
  • They bought a new minibus with the proceeds from the auction.他们用拍卖得来的钱买了一辆新面包车。
12 bureaucratic OSFyE     
adj.官僚的,繁文缛节的
参考例句:
  • The sweat of labour washed away his bureaucratic airs.劳动的汗水冲掉了他身上的官气。
  • In this company you have to go through complex bureaucratic procedures just to get a new pencil.在这个公司里即使是领一支新铅笔,也必须通过繁琐的手续。
13 stimulate wuSwL     
vt.刺激,使兴奋;激励,使…振奋
参考例句:
  • Your encouragement will stimulate me to further efforts.你的鼓励会激发我进一步努力。
  • Success will stimulate the people for fresh efforts.成功能鼓舞人们去作新的努力。
14 gunpowder oerxm     
n.火药
参考例句:
  • Gunpowder was introduced into Europe during the first half of the 14th century.在14世纪上半叶,火药传入欧洲。
  • This statement has a strong smell of gunpowder.这是一篇充满火药味的声明。
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