China 101 | Why Outsource to China?

Since coming back from China last year I’ve been thinking a lot about the development going on there and the opportunities for outsourcing. This led me to do quite a lot of research but I found it frustrating that there didn’t seem to be a single good overview of the key facts, trends and opportunities in China in an easily digestible and up-to-date form. Having trawled through goodness knows how many white papers and blogs I decided to write one myself and hopefully provide a starting point for others going down the same path.

The presentation covers the following (with a few nice pictures for good measure):

  • Key Facts about China
  • Geography – Tier 1 & 2 Cities
  • Political Situation
  • Cultural Differences (West vs East)
  • Beijing 2008 Olympics
  • Innovation in China
  • Web Companies to Watch
  • Outsourcing Trends in China
  • Outsourcing Opportunities in China
  • Interesting Facts
  • Pro’s of Outsourcing to China
  • Con’s of Outsourcing to China
  • Recommendations
  • Conclusions
  • Further Reading

Whilst I don’t claim to be an expert on the subject I’d like to think I’m a little better read than the average person on the street and I’m happy to take any feedback on board so please let me know what you think! As things change I’ll endeavour to make improvements and keep it updated.

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For further reading here are some China-centric blogs worth checking out:

  • The China Vortex – good white paper “Why Indian Software Outsourcing Companies are Outsourcing to China”
  • China Web 2.0 Review -next generation web developments in China
  • China Law Blog – a blog about Chinese law and the legal issues of doing business in China
  • China Economics Blog – a place to find information on important issues for China’s economy including economic growth, inequality, stockmarket, shares, exchange rates, the environment, foreign direct investment & WTO
  • China Success Stories – China business success stories and commerce
  • All Roads Lead to China – China based news analysis, strategic insight, and advice
  • China Challenges – explores the various political, economic, and social implications of the rise of the Peoples Republic of China in the 21st Century
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