Doing Business in the Global Marketplace

At the beginning of this chapter, you read about the Alibaba Group. Using the information presented in this chapter, you should now be able to answer these questions.

Questions for Discussion

  1. 1-22. What is the difference between a market economy and a planned economy?

  2. 1-23. Explain how managers of Alibaba, eBay,, and other online retailers might view the concepts of supply and demand.

  3. 1-24. What economic indicators would a business owner be most likely to watch, and why?

  4. 1-25. Does Jack Ma’s success increase or decrease your confidence in a capitalistic system based on private enterprise?

  5. 1-26. Should there be more government intervention in the markets and business dealings? Why, or ...

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