Extremely interesting. I'm a middle manager for a large corporation in the manufacturing sector so this is something I think about quite a bit.
The author does a great job of telling us a story that he actually experienced instead of rehearsing an editorial constructed from that experience.
It's very easy to feel the frustration of the American importers when they're getting jerked around by corrupt Chinese manufacturers but then you remember the American importer's astonishment that anyone could produce their goods so cheaply. Even before the American learns just how defective their shampoo really is, when asked if he personally ever uses his own product his reaction was incredulity. Of course he wouldn't use such an inferior product.
Being in the manufacturing business and being able to relate to these scenarios, I feel that it is clearly not a "Chinese" problem but simply one of a developing country with 1st world capacity. In my opinion, the only thing that will ever bring the Chinese industrial sector up to developed world standards is when they have enough of a domestic market for their own products. This is the only thing I can see that will provide enough internal accountability.
No, not that interesting - nothing was really very surprising - fairly standard.
Paul was Ok as narrator
Definitely. I is a great listen and quite breath taking. I seems like an invaluable insight into the physchology of the Chineese business person, and why they will be the authors of their own downfall - eventually.
The mind boggling "strategy" and agenda of the factory owners.
Not really applicable here, but I really felt for importers.
I was gob-smacked by the sheer bloody-mindedness and antagonistic positions that these "business partners" adpoted.
Personality: Intellectually Driven
Not bad for a author who's business is story telling and a eye opening for many of the listeners that though (didn't at all) the reasons for the quality and price issues from Chinese products where of other sort. It will definitely give you a reason to think more locally and less oversea oriented.
The case studies being given in the first person
Easy to listen to and it's great when it's the author.
I would have liked a little more in the story about the author's life outside of work
I would be interested to see if the situation with manufacturing in China has changed since the first book came out
Story was a little flat and didn't wrap up very well
A great read full of amazing insight into how things are "really done" in China. I appreciate that it is told in a story-based format with personal anecdotes and encounters experienced first hand by the author. it is not some academic talking about things they have "studied" but rather someone who's walked this path for years and gained an incredible insight from his own experiences. It keeps the story flowing from one experience to another. I can't putt it down as I keep waiting to see what happens next!
Another great thing about the book is that it gives you first-hand examples which are interesting on their face, but he then interprets that behavior based on Chinese culture and ways of doing business so that you can "read between the lines" and understand the true nature of the behavior. Incredible book. So glad I stumbled across it.
This book confirmed my suspicions about the discrepancy of pricing between imported and US made products.
It has made me extremely aware of the conditions that factory laborers must endure.
His fluent use of Mandarin and the translation.
I am wondering if he still lives and works in China after this expose.
Ever since subscribing to Audible I've relished my 90+ minutes commuting each day. I listen mainly to Business and Personal Development titles as well as the occasional biography.
Yes.. especially before doing business with a Chinese manufacturer.
If ever you were thinking of developing a business relationship with Chinese manufacturers then this book would make you think again.A great listen. Very insightful.