Chinese Technology Management & Quality: A Brief Review of Status and Improvement Concerns in 2008
- William Schwagerman (Fike Corporation)
- Jeffrey M. Ulmer (University of Central Missouri)
China has become a manufacturing giant in less than 10 years but with that growth have come quality inadequacies and an opportunity for corruption in the industry. The allure of China’s low-cost manufacturing has been almost too good to be true. However, recent quality issues and product recalls have hindered China’s success and jeopardized consumer confidence in Chinese-made products. Product recalls on all types of items have occurred but the most dramatic have been with children’s toys, food items and drugs. Chinese workers are overworked and underpaid and in some cases not paid. The root cause of quality related issues are many. The main three include the major focus on ridiculously low-cost subcontract manufacturing, opportunistic entrepreneurs taking advantage of the lack of quality resources, and lack of proper quality systems due to such rapidly industrialized growth.
How to Cite:
Schwagerman, W. & Ulmer, J. M., (2009) “Chinese Technology Management & Quality: A Brief Review of Status and Improvement Concerns in 2008”, Journal of Industrial Technology 25(1).