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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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    Robert Hind Winthrop, Western Australia 10-07-12
    Robert Hind Winthrop, Western Australia 10-07-12 Member Since 2008

    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.

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    "Rethink business plans with China!"
    Would you listen to Poorly Made in China again? Why?

    Yes.. especially before doing business with a Chinese manufacturer.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    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.


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    Reece 09-03-12
    Reece 09-03-12 Member Since 2015
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    "An informative review of manufacturing practices"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, interesting perspectives on business gained


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    interesting perspectives on business


    Did Paul Midler do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes, it was his first hand account.


    Did Poorly Made in China inspire you to do anything?

    Yes, review business practices in my company


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    Hilda Vernon, BC, Canada 08-06-12
    Hilda Vernon, BC, Canada 08-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Very enlightening"
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    It was very informative about the processes in play at factories in China. I am now leery of buying any liquids made over there!


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    matt taupo, New Zealand 08-02-12
    matt taupo, New Zealand 08-02-12
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    "An overview of the bad side"

    To be blunt the writer tells of bad practises that go on in china, Leaves out the part how a lot of people got rich and and still are getting rich from china imports. More of a heads up for anyone looking at getting into the game.

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    Cory Beeville, TX, United States 07-17-12
    Cory Beeville, TX, United States 07-17-12 Member Since 2010

    I'm a 36 yr. old master of no paticular trade, but currently working in the oil patch. I'm not very critical and love to consume audiobooks

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    "Incredibly insightful"

    This book will be the center point of least three discussions the week after you finish it. I’ve always had an opinion about manufacturing in China, but I’ve never quite been able to delineate my problems with it. This book gives an honest insiders opinion and is worth every minute.

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    Angela Hammond Park, Australia 06-03-12
    Angela Hammond Park, Australia 06-03-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A must listen before outsourcing to China"

    This book has the sorts of stories that you would only get from an insider. Having dealt with a number of Chinese suppliers when outsourcing products to China, I found myself nodding along with this book as Paul describes tricks used to dupe the western client. There are some absolutely fascinating business stories - things that you couldn't imagine happening in Austraila (I will never be buying health and beauty products made in China after listening to this book).

    Author-read books are pretty hit and miss. Paul Midler does a good job though, but lacks the polish of a professional narrator. Still, I really enjoyed this book and was disappointed when it ended.

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    Walter Wheaton, IL, United States 10-24-11
    Walter Wheaton, IL, United States 10-24-11 Member Since 2014

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    "Revealing and Disturbing"

    A revealing (and disturbing) inside look at what is really going on within the Chinese economic boom. After reading this book, I never buy liquid soap without checking to make sure it was not imported from China.

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