February 2005
Cabinet Maker;2/4/2005, Issue 5424, p9
Trade Publication
The article analyzes the reasons for job loss in the furniture-manufacturing sector in Great Britain. The author argues that putting the blame for this loss on China is misplaced. The real problem lies much closer to home. Since 1998 the British manufacturing jobs have declined by 14% in a period where output also fell (1.2% since 1995). Incidentally, in the same period China lost 15 million manufacturing jobs. The structural change of organizations, which leads to a fragmented knowledge of the customer, competition and market forces means companies do not reinvent themselves proactively to respond quickly to external changes.


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