July 26, 2007
I hate to sound like I’m just parroting N.Y. Times all the time, but they seem to have more investigative resources than I have at my disposal.
I’m really pleased, however, to read in the NY Times this confirmation of what China expats have already told me about the Mattel corporation. Namely, they control, control, control. The bottom line is that Mattel doesn’t outsource any values based decisions. American management makes the rules, oversees everything, and enforces the rules. To do this, duh, they own the plants and keep control in house.
That’s the value of an expat: priceless if you want to maintain the standards and identity that distinguish a quality (world class) enterprise from a bean counting, exploitative one.
Toymaking in China, Mattel’s Way
By DAVID BARBOZA and LOUISE STORY
Published: July 26, 2007