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Chinese Labor in a Korean FactoryClass, Ethnicity, and Productivity on the Shop Floor in Globalizing China$
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Jaesok Kim

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780804784542

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804784542.001.0001

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Korean Management in a Chinese Workshop

Korean Management in a Chinese Workshop

Economic Globalization and the Changing Factory Regime

(p.131) FIVE Korean Management in a Chinese Workshop
Chinese Labor in a Korean Factory

Jaesok Kim

Stanford University Press

Chapter Five analyzes the changing factory regime at Nawon, caused primarily by the incessant demand of the global garment industry to cut production costs. The interethnic circumstances of China and the management’s non-Western origins influenced the management’s responses to the pressure of cutting labor costs and the formation of factory regimes. Management’s unique ideas of the Korean nation and its national superiority over Han-Chinese contributed to the management’s collaborative relationship with Korean-Chinese employees. The chapter then examines the transformation of factory regime from one that relied on the collaborative relationship between management and Korean-Chinese to the other that increasingly depended on the growing number of Han-Chinese managerial staff. The new factory regime was charismatic-paternalist since its operation was guaranteed both by the charismatic leadership of a plant manager and by the subtle paternalistic relationships between the plant manager and Han-Chinese workers.

Keywords:   ethnic discrimination, factory regime, commodity chain, Korean-Chinese, industrial trainee program, price-squeezing, Sino-centrism, paternalist factory regime, subcontract order

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