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University of Michigan experts available to discuss Alibaba IPO

September 16, 2014
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ANN ARBOR—The Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba is set to make its Wall Street debut on Friday with a float that could raise $25 billion—the largest IPO ever.

Experts at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan are available to discuss the IPO. They include:

Puneet Manchanda, professor of marketing, has just completed research on Taobao, Alibaba’s online shopping website that is similar to eBay and Amazon. Other recent work has focused on marketing strategy problems in social media and the pharmaceutical, high-tech, gaming and insurance industries. Contact: (734) 936-2445, pmanchan@umich.edu

Xun (Brian) Wu, assistant professor of strategy, has been following Alibaba since the firm’s early days and co-authored a paper about the company and the Chinese government’s role in electronic contracting. Wu’s work examines how competitive advantage is created and destroyed when industry landscapes are reshaped by economic, technological and institutional factors. Contact: (734) 647-9542, wux@umich.edu

Amiyatosh Purnanandam, professor of finance, can discuss Alibaba’s valuation and the short-term and long-run returns for IPOs in general. He is interested in examining the effect of corporate decisions and firm characteristics on stock returns, and their implications for the rational and behavioral asset pricing theories. Contact: (734) 764-6886, amiyatos@umich.edu

Linda Y.C. Lim, professor of strategy, focuses on the political economy of multinational and local business, the changing international trade and investment environment, and the influence of domestic politics, economic policy and culture on business structure, strategy and operations. Contact: (734) 763-0290, lylim@umich.edu

Erik Gordon, professor of law and business, focuses on entrepreneurship and technology commercialization, the biomedical industry (pharmaceuticals, devices and biotechnology), venture capital, private equity, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, and digital and mobile marketing. He has served as an adviser or co-founder to numerous companies. Contact: (734) 764-5274, rmegordo@umich.edu

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