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Ming-Jer Chen

The Smithfield Acquisition: ShuangHui Buys the Whole Hog

Famous for producing pork products, Smithfield Foods had a history of aggressive growth. But when that growth stalled for a matter of years, it was time to consider acquisition by ShuangHui International. This case in point discusses the pros and cons and strategic considerations that went into the international deal.

Lights, camera, Lego: How an ‘active play’ giant took a chance on Hollywood

Darden Professor Ming-Jer Chen discusses the considerations that went into the partnership between LEGO and Warner Brothers in the making of The LEGO Movie.

The Power of One: East Meets West in Strategy

Competition is defined by the relationship between its constituent parts: action and response. The two are as interdependent as day and night; they exist within the context of one another, together creating one totality.

Beyond Competitive Dynamics: From ‘Winner Take All’ to ‘Lifting All Boats’

Professor Ming-Jer Chen says in a world in which globalization and technology are rapidly recoding the very DNA of business, its time for profound reexamination of the meaning, parameters and aims of competition.

Becoming Ambicultural: Managing Business and Beyond

An ambicultural mindset applied to business, or to any enterprise, embraces the possibility for long-term relationships among multiple parties, from managers and policymakers to industries and customers, from organizations to societies and nations.

New 'Ambicultural' Manager Combines Best of East and West

While Chinese and Western companies have been doing business with each other for many years, styles of communicating often prevent them from working together as efficiently as possible. Combining the better of two cultures can help managers bridge the cultural chasm underlying them.