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By Gordon Kerr

ISBN-10: 1842439693

ISBN-13: 9781842439692

From the beginnings of chinese language prehistory all over to net censorship, a entire creation to the sprawling background of this huge, immense country

An absorbing advent to greater than 4,000 years of chinese language historical past, this booklet tells the tales of the tyrants, despots, femmes fatales, artists, warriors, and philosophers who've formed this interesting and complicated kingdom. It describes the fantastic technological advances that China's scientists and inventors made many enormous quantities of years prior to comparable discoveries in Europe. It additionally investigates the chinese language view of the area and examines the events, aspirations, and philosophies that molded it and, in so doing, created the chinese language kingdom. eventually, the publication examines the dramatic adjustments of the previous few a long time and the emergence of China as an fiscal and commercial 21st-century superpower.

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Introduction 33 By correcting its excessive reliance on the local, management hoped to resolve all the recent problems created by the local power holders’ deep intervention to the factory. As part of its new managerial push, management decided to hire a new plant manager from a Guatemalan maquila factory, expecting he would introduce managerial principles and practices much more global than those of Nawon. No one in the factory exactly knew what “globalization” meant, but the “global standards” of the new managerial practices instantly reinforced management’s labor supervision and increased the intensity of labor on the shop floor.

Before the 1987 wage hike, South Korea was an ideal place for profit maximization of transnational capital because of its low labor costs in relation to business profits and the high education level of its workers. At that time, Korean workers had to work 54 hours a week on average while suffering from a low standard of living and poor working conditions. The South Korean government denied workers’ rights to organize and take collective action, believing that active labor unions would dissuade many MNCs from investing in the country (Cumings 2005; Eckert et al.

My Korean nationality put me in an extraordinary research situation at Nawon, where a small number of Koreans supervised hundreds of Chinese workers. First of all, thanks to my Korean nationality and status as a graduate student from one of the best-known foreign universities in Korea (Harvard), both the Korean managers of the Nawon plant in Qingdao and the executives of Nawon Korea were quite willing to give me access, although not in full, to factory diaries, statistics, and business correspondence between the plant and Nawon Korea.

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