Don’t Bash China – U.S. Toy Makers are at Fault – Shih-Fen S. Chen

Shih-Fen S. Chen, “an international business professor at the Richard Ivey School of Business, at the University of Western Ontario,” states that “Companies that take full credit for product successes must accept just as much blame when things go wrong.” From

For years, consumers have been buying Chinese-made products bearing American brands. Many believe that U. S. companies moved their factories to China to enjoy a lower production cost. The mass recalls of Mattel toys reveal a little-known fact – those products are actually made by “ghost manufacturers” in China.

In a typical outsourcing arrangement called Original Equipment Manufacture (OEM), U.S. toy makers design a product, transfer design and production knowledge to subcontractors in China, buy back the final output, and resell it to consumers under their own brand names….[Full Text]


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