Managing The Dragon:
How I'm Building a Billion-Dollar Business in China
by Jack Perkowski
Crown Business, 2008, 325 pages, ISBN 9780307393531, hardback, dust-jacket,
Fine, Like New Condition, with previous owners inscription on flyleaf and stains to inside of dust-jacket (see photographs).
'In the early 1990s Jack Perkowski needed a new challenge. Having decided that China would be the future, he set about investigating this little-known market and the business opportunities it offered. Before long, Jack set up ASIMCO, a manufacturing business specializing in car components, which has an annual turnover of over $500 million.
In Managing the Dragon , Jack provides an insider's view of China, its many peculiarities and working practices. For example, we see how China's economy and government are highly decentralized and how the country tends to operate like a series of villages spread across a vast landscape; we discover how much influence 'the Party' has on the banks, and how economic incentives at local government level causes China to create overcapacity in virtually every industry.
This may explain why the country has, almost single-handedly, placed the entire world in a cost/price squeeze. Managing the Dragon is a revealing and thought-provoking memoir offering a fresh perspective on a country at the dawn of a new age.
Through its colourful narrative it also tells the story of one of the most influential and pioneering entrepreneurs of today.
Jack Perkowski was born in western Pennsylvania and studied business at Yale and Harvard. Following a very successful career as a banker on Wall Street, he left the US to run his own manufacturing business in China. Jack is a regular speaker at conferences and has written several journal articles. He has lived in Beijing since 1993, but he also has a farm in New Jersey.'