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Author Ross, Andrew, 1956-

Title Fast boat to China : corporate flight and the consequences of free trade : lessons from Shanghai / Andrew Ross.

Imprint New York : Pantheon Books, c2006.


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe 3rd Floor Stacks  331.7920951 R733f 2006    ---  Available
Edition 1st ed.
Description xi, 306 p. : ill., map ; 25 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents The Shanghai squeeze -- Raising the bar -- The sent-up generation -- Mister Tata comes to town -- The Suzhou price -- Go west -- Cross-strait flights.
Summary Labor scholar Ross looks at offshore outsourcing to China, specifically of white-collar jobs. He reports on a workforce where employees, for the first time, are emulating a corporate mentality of job-hopping as a way of life. Ross looks as well at the effects of foreign investment on China's (newly capitalist) economy and at how multinational companies are taking advantage of Chinese nationalism in planning for their future growth there. Chinese workers, he discovered, have become as insecure as their Western counterparts. The daily reality of corporate free trade doesn't correspond to its classical definition--India and China, the world's two most populous countries, are competing for low-paying jobs and affecting the growth of white-collar jobs in Asia. Finally, China's huge gains in technology will soon allow it to compete for top-level jobs at the same time that it absorbs lower-end jobs, affecting workers and economies east and west.--From publisher description.
Subject Contracting out -- China -- Shanghai Region.
Foreign trade and employment -- China -- Shanghai Region.
Wages -- Effect of international trade on -- China -- Shanghai Region.
ISBN 037542363X
Standard No. YDXCP 2263672
NZ1 10247531

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