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The Future of Chinese Manufacturing - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780081011089, 9780081012321

The Future of Chinese Manufacturing

1st Edition

Employment and Labour Challenges

Authors: TACHIA Chin Chris Rowley
Hardcover ISBN: 9780081011089
eBook ISBN: 9780081012321
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 26th May 2018
Page Count: 256
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The Future of Chinese Manufacturing: Employment and Labour Challenges gives context and analysis on employment and labor issues in contemporary China, specifically relating to manufacturing industries. With one fifth of the world’s workforce, China has taken advantage of its cheap labor to serve as the world’s factory, achieving stunning growth for two decades. This book covers the appreciation of RMB, constant increases in minimum wage, shortages of skilled workers in China's labor-intensive manufacturing sector, and the fact that many large multinational corporations (MNCs) must cut costs, and are thus shifting their main production bases to other developing countries.

Under such a tough situation, and coupled with the global economic slowdown, manufacturing employment in China confronts severe labor-related challenges, such as high turnover rates, recruitment difficulties for workers, and a series of high profile labor strikes and publicity concerning working conditions.

Key Features

  • Integrates human capital and cultural theories
  • Analyzes looming labor unrest and related workforce issues in China through a unique context-specific lens
  • Explores the roles that Chinese institutions and culture play in resolving problems related to these issues


Academic researchers; Management consultants, managers and personnel officials; HRM/Management lecturers; Under- and post-graduate students; MBA/EMBA students

Table of Contents

Chapter 1
Globalization and the Development  of Chinese Manufacturing
Chapter 2
Contemporary Labour-related Challenges in GVCs
From Perspiration to Innovation
 Working conditions of labour in GVCs: Past, present and future
 Labour shortage amidst rural labour supply abundance
 Rising labor costs, high turnover, difficulty for recruitment
 Developing workforce through innovation
Chapter 3
History of the Development of Labour-Capital  Relations in China
The Interplay and interaction of workers, unions, and the state
 Literature on the histories of  labour unions, labour law and the labour movement in China
 The role of NGO and international labour standards
Chapter 4
Chinese Culture and Its Impact on Labour Relation Management
Understanding Chinese Mental Programming: A Yin Yang Approach
 Building Chinese culture-specific model/approach to handle indigenous labour issues and managing domestic workers
Chapter 5
Resolving Labour Conflicts in Chinese Manufacturing
From Individual to Collective Bargaining
 The 2008 global financial crisis as a trigger point
 Typical types of labour conflicts in Chinese manufacturing: Illustrative Cases
 Social responsibility and sustainability
Chapter 6 Conclusion Remarks


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About the Authors


With more than 10 years’ experience as Chief HR Officer for foreign multinational manufacturers in China, Corinna is a part-time HR/CSR consultant for several Taiwan-invested manufacturers. From 2013 to 2014, she conducted a large business research project (funds RMB 667,800) with Academician Prof. Liu, in which our research team had been acting as a professional HR & CSR consultancy helping seven first-tier OEM suppliers in three different industries (footwear, apparels and golf clubs) in China to reduce high turnover rate among production workers and related labour shortage issues for China's OEM Suppliers of the adidas Group.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Human Resource Management at Hangzhou Dianzi University, Hangzhou, China

Chris Rowley

He is Editor of the leading journal Asia Pacific Business Review, Series Editor of the Working in Asia and Asian Studies book series. He has given a range of talks and lectures to universities and companies internationally with research and consultancy experience with unions, business and government. Professor Rowley has published widely in the area of HRM and Asian business, with over 500 articles, books and chapters and practitioner pieces.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Human Resource Management, Cass Business School, City University, London, UK and Adjunct Professor, Department of International Business and Asian Studies, Griffith University, Australia

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