The year 2007 will be remembered as the year the toy industry was shaken by a seemingly endless stream of recalls. The scope of this recent wave of recalls associated with lead-tainted toys coming from China has focused the attention of parents and others responsible for ers who sell these toys, companies who import these toys, and numerous government officials on the problem of toys that have been painted with lead-tainted paint. Much of the focus of this crisis is on China and its contractors. This is counterproductive and reactive. The problem of lead-tainted imports is not new. The fact that China is currently in the crosshairs is to a large degree a function of their growth in importance as a preferred site for outsourced manufacturing. It is a volume issue. Lead-tainted imports have many causes, and these will be explored in this article. This article concludes with a discussion of lessons that managers can take from this crisis.
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- Business and International Management
- Geography, Planning and Development
- Political Science and International Relations