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Poorly Made in China: An Insider's Account of the Tactics Behind China's Production Game | [Paul Midler]

Poorly Made in China: An Insider's Account of the Tactics Behind China's Production Game

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!
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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.

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    Amazon Customer United States 02-12-11
    Amazon Customer United States 02-12-11 Member Since 2010

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    "Hits the Nail on the Head"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Phoenix, AZ, United States 11-15-10
    Michael Phoenix, AZ, United States 11-15-10
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    "Amazing insights!"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kim Spokane, WA, United States 07-01-13
    Kim Spokane, WA, United States 07-01-13 Member Since 2009

    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

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    "Snore"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    NoOne 05-15-14
    NoOne 05-15-14
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Poorly Made in China to be better than the print version?

    I have two young kids so audio books during my commute are my only option.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Poorly Made in China?

    I like the opening story and what it foreshadows for the rest of the text.


    How could the performance have been better?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Probably not quite, but it was enjoyable.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J. Fermenich Madison, WI 10-24-13
    J. Fermenich Madison, WI 10-24-13 Member Since 2012

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    "A great story of culture clash and capitalism"
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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    val 07-12-13
    val 07-12-13 Member Since 2009
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    "A Must Read"
    Where does Poorly Made in China rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the top 5 non-fiction books in the past 3 years


    What other book might you compare Poorly Made in China to and why?

    Game Change


    Have you listened to any of Paul Midler’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No - but he did a great job - I thought it was Dennis Boutsikaris who read Game Change


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Made in China


    Any additional comments?

    I will look for addl books and articles by this author

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    Hans 07-01-13
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    "Very insightful book; well read"
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    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.


    What does Paul Midler bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the 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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Judith Manchester, CT, United States 06-06-13
    Judith Manchester, CT, United States 06-06-13 Member Since 2008
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    "A Must Read For All Americans"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    An eye opening account for what's really going on with our products


    What did you like best about this story?

    The total truth of it all


    What does Paul Midler bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He knows what he's talking about and doesn't pull punches


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Learning what the producers of products we use really thinks about us


    Any additional comments?

    Very well written and informative and where things are heading

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tsz Hong Kong, Hong Kong 05-27-13
    Tsz Hong Kong, Hong Kong 05-27-13
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    "Dull Voice, Wonderful Story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Poorly Made in China to be better than the print version?

    Dont know never read it.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The author read it himself.


    What three words best describe Paul Midler’s performance?

    Very dull voice.


    If you could give Poorly Made in China a new subtitle, what would it be?

    True yet thrilling


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Werner South Guildford, Australia 05-26-13
    Werner South Guildford, Australia 05-26-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great trip into a different world"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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