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Publisher's Summary

Doing business in China is tougher than you think. Not only is the culture vastly different, but China's experience in manufacturing is still developing. It will be a few years before the majority of manufacturers are up to world standards. In the meantime, quality, contract laws, schedules and logistics must be closely monitored. As a result, the things Westerners must do to be successful are far different from dealing with American or European manufacturers. The best way to quickly come up to speed on these differences and how to handle them is to learn from the experience of others.

Through over 20 extraordinary executive interviews, Rosemary Coates captured the essence of sourcing and manufacturing in China. 42 Rules for Sourcing and Manufacturing in China is a pragmatic approach that every businessperson headed to China must listen to. For business people who are experienced in doing business in China, or for first-time visitors, this audiobook will provide valuable insights from real executives and experts. These executives offer their personal experiences and recommendations about sourcing and manufacturing in China. Based on her 25 years of supply chain experience, much of it spent living and working across Asia, Rosemary Coates has become an expert on doing business in China. Her own personal experiences in China are interwoven into this audiobook.

©2013 Super Star Press (P)2013 Super Star Press

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Lots of generalities, few real insights and examples

First of all, the author reads the book herself and I find her manner of speaking quite annoying, it reminds me of Janet Yellen.

With regards to the contents, there are some useful insights like existence of shadow factories, strategies to protect intellectual property or keeping two sets of books. However, they are relatively few and far between. Much of the contents are generalities and repetitions, you will hear, seriously, at least six times each that you should do due dilligance, that China is changing very fast and that you should never assume you know China. What I expected to see instead was concrete examples and anecdotes illustrating each rule.

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Great intro to china business

I’m going to China for the first time to meet with my supplier. I figured I should a little more about China business culture. I picked up this book to do that. I think it is great little intro. Well worth the 3.5 hours.

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Great introductory for me

The author has packaged and condensed doing business in China in the best and easiest way to understand. Many of the quotes by "professionals" are good but unspecific. The author writes this book with much cultural sensitivity so you must read between the lines sometimes. Great book! I would love to hear more specific horror and specific success stories.

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Great Beginner's Guide

I do recommend everyone who wants to travel to China to read this as a quick guide. It can save you from lots of trouble or confusion!

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Extremely important, informative.

Would you consider the audio edition of 42 Rules for Sourcing and Manufacturing in China to be better than the print version?

I enjoy listening to books read by the author. I can hear her voice inside my head, which personally helps me remember more.

Have you listened to any of Rosemary Coates and Tex Texin ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

She does a fine job.

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

How to avoid getting too drunk at a Chinese business banquet and accidentally eating fish eyeballs.

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Very much enjoyed this book. It is dense with useful knowledge, including the invaluable do's and dont's, Chinese history, the way things get done and the way things don't get done. Business school is full of tales of Westerners barging into other cultures and completely screwing up relationships and processes for lack of knowledge about how things get done overseas, and I heard enough tales of woe to make me realize how very important books like this are. These are simple and easy-to-digest rules that could have a far reaching effect on the supply chain and then business as a whole.

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Very instructive and easy to listen.

Any business person that is going to do business in China, at any level, should read/listen to this book prior to any negotiation. I wish I had done it this way.

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Great insight, helpful and clear, a true education

Be proactive and read this whether you are planning to work with China or not. It is an amazing emerging story, the Chinese, although they have been there forever.

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When I first started using audible I wanted to buy the longest possible books so I "got my moneys worth."

Now with over 50 books in my library, I am grateful to an author who can succinctly convey their message- Rosemary Coates did this in "42 Rules for Sourcing and Manufacturing in China." This book was like a travel guide, history lesson, and manual for producing goods all rolled into one. At less than 4 hours this will be well worth your time if you have an interest in doing business in China.

The most interesting part of the entire book for me was learning about the Special Economic Zones. One of the cities that was described started out as a 70k person port city and became a 14 million person mega city revolving around manufacturing... IN TWO DECADES. Crazy!