It was a world gone wrong, one in which manufacturers thought little of manipulating product quality levels in order to save the smallest amounts, where savvy foreign business leaders were made to feel in control while they were taken for a ride by their partners, where entire manufacturing facilities sometimes vanished right into thin air... Welcome to Poorly Made in China!
At the height of the boom export manufacturing, Paul Midler returned to East Asia, a recently graduated Wharton MBA. In the right place at the right time, he was sought out by a number of foreign companies who wanted help in navigating the new economy. The adventures came fast, as did the business and cultural lessons.
Poorly Made in China is a dramatic romp through China's export manufacturing sector, one that reveals what really goes on behind the scenes. The story follows the author from one project to the next, taking the reader through a diverse set of industries and revealing a number of challenges. An engaging business narrative told with doses of humor and insight, this true story pulls back the curtain on the rising Chinese economy, providing a closer look at the rough-and-tumble environment in which so many of our consumer products are being made. For those trying to make sense of why so many quality failures could come out of China at once, this book is an especially interesting read.
Poorly Made in China is the tale of a modern-day gold rush and its consequences, the chronicling of a rising economic power and its path along a steep growth curve. Entertaining and eye-opening, the book highlights the extent to which culture affects business dealings, and the ultimate suggestion is that we may have more to be concerned about than product failures alone.
©2009 Paul Midler; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.
This is the most accurate portrait of business in China I have read. This is a must read if your going to China, or you just started. The Chinese are hard to get, this book helps.
I am listening to this a second time to pick up anything I might have missed. Paul Midler has done an amazing job of explaining the "Chinese perspective" in manufacturing as it relates to doing business with the West. As I am preparing to do business in China, I can't believe the wealth of information I have learned! This is not a "slam" piece on China but, rather, an insightful explanation of the way business is done. This should be required listening for anyone thinking of doing business in China.
Addicted to audiobooks & podcasts. 5 Stars=I Loved It, 4 Stars=Enjoyed it Thoroughly, 3=Kinda Good, 2=Bad/Boring, 1=Complete Waste of Credit
Unless you're looking to do business in China or you are super interested in manufacturing this book probably won't interest you. I will say that it rates #1 as the best book to fall asleep to because the narration is very calming and pleasant. I wasn't expecting much and this book delivered that and much less.
I have two young kids so audio books during my commute are my only option.
I like the opening story and what it foreshadows for the rest of the text.
I rarely enjoy author's reading thier own work. The author often sounded like he had a cold as he was reading, and it took away from the overall enjoyment.
Probably not quite, but it was enjoyable.
The anecdotes in Poorly Made In China are stories that have stuck with me months after listening to this book. The insight given into how things are made, the cultural differences, and how China has completely changed the face of manufacturing is easy to see in purchases I make every day. Even for someone like me who's worked with overseas contractors for years, this insight was illuminating.
One of the top 5 non-fiction books in the past 3 years
No - but he did a great job - I thought it was Dennis Boutsikaris who read Game Change
Made in China
I will look for addl books and articles by this author
I really enjoyed and learned quite a bit that I hadn't fully appreciated about outsourcing production from China. The book is very insightful about the different thought process and mindset that Chinese have in comparison to what is generally thought to be the norm in American or Western European business settings. Even if you don't work in China (I'm an American working in Russia, for example) -- you may find this an interesting book.
Paul does an excellent job reading the book. I suppose this was pragmatic given the occasional words in Chinese... however there is something genuine and authentic about hearing a person tell their story in their own voice. Paul speaks in an unpretentious and down to earth manner that is easy to follow.
An eye opening account for what's really going on with our products
The total truth of it all
He knows what he's talking about and doesn't pull punches
Learning what the producers of products we use really thinks about us
Very well written and informative and where things are heading
Dont know never read it.
The author read it himself.
Very dull voice.
True yet thrilling
I am from Hong Kong myself and have been in online trading for years.I have to say that the stories are absolutely true. More true than I can portray. The only downside is that sometimes they cut you in the first go and the time frame of degrade is shortening. Chinese cheat Chinese as well.
Great story that really helps one understand how things work. This is not an academic treaty but primarily the story of one factory (also many other anecdotes are mentioned) and their relationship with one American company as seen through the eyes of an American intermediary on the ground in china.
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