Poorly Made in China

  • by Paul Midler
  • Narrated by Paul Midler
  • 8 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


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Unusual and thought provoking...!

Certainly a must listen to for anyone contemplating finding manufacturers for their goods in China. What we realise is the Chinese are a completely different culture to ours in the west and play the business game to their own set of rules - and the rules frequently change as they go along!
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- David

Bitter but interesting

Author goes over many interesting scenarios and stories which are eye openers how China culture is different from the Western. However, I am unsure if I would recommend this book with the notion "it's a must have if you want to import from china" because the book leaves you with a bitter sweet taste in your mouth. You might even end up hating Chinese after listening to this.

The author focuses only on the parts how Chinese always have the upper hand. There was only one story in the whole book where Bernie used smart tactics to get the upper hand with the negotiations. I feel like there should had been more positive lessons.
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- Amazon Customer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 23-02-2010
  • Publisher: Audible Studios