Author(s): Paul Midler
"Poorly Made in China" chronicles the experiences of an American working for a U.S. outsourcing firm in Chinese manufacturing and highlights the disturbing and dangerous practice known as 'quality fade' - the deliberate and secretive habit of widening profit margins through a reduction in the quality of materials over time. The author argues that U.S. importers don't stand a chance against factory owners in China who are savvier and who have little to lose by placing American health and safety at risk. A well-written and impassioned narrative, "Poorly Made in China" is one insider's account of the quality-fade tactics used by China in seven industries, including health and beauty care, diamonds, and construction. "Poorly Made in China" will sound an alarm that all of America should heed. Paul Midler (Scottsdale, AZ) has been working with China for close to two decades. He created "China Advantage", a services firm, to assist American companies with their business objectives in East Asia. The author earned his MBA from the Wharton School and is a Mandarin speaker.
ââ¦provides an interesting alternative to the hagiographic view of globalisation...' (Wilmott.com, September 2009). ââ¦comes closer than any author to explaining the dysfunctional business culture behind such deadly product scandalsâ¦'. (Far Eastern Economic Review, September 2009).
Paul Midler graduated from college in 1992 with a concentration in Chinese history and language. After working in China for a number of years, he returned to the United States to complete graduate studies in business with a focus on East Asia. Midler holds an MBA from Wharton and a master's in international studies from the University of Pennsylvania's Lauder Institute. In the course of his career, he has assisted companies of all sizes in a diverse range of industries, working directly with hundreds of manufacturers in China.
Chapter 1 Vanishing Act. Chapter 2 Trouble Is My Business. Chapter 3 "All We Need Is Your Sample". Chapter 4 Vice President of Disadvantaged Neighborhoods. Chapter 5 "I Do Now". Chapter 6 Lurid Carnival of Global Commerce. Chapter 7 And That's a Good Thing. Chapter 8 Grains of Toil. Chapter 9 The China Game. Chapter 10 The Seven Steps of Problem Solving. Chapter 11 Counterfeit Culture. Chapter 12 No Animal Testing. Chapter 13 Joint Venture Panacea. Chapter 14 Take the Long Way Home. Chapter 15 Lucky Diamonds. Chapter 16 Trophy Trash. Chapter 17 "You Heard Me Wrong".