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.
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.
Yes, interesting perspectives on business gained
interesting perspectives on business
Yes, it was his first hand account.
Yes, review business practices in my company
It was very informative about the processes in play at factories in China. I am now leery of buying any liquids made over there!
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.
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
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.
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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