While reporting a story I came across a blog from an insider in China's manufacturing sector. David Levy, a self-professed "change junkie," was sent to China by his American employer in 2000 to inspect a new Shenzhen facility. The two-week trip lasted six years.
Levy has found his raison d'être. "I get my fix by gaining control of a real mess of a facility, a money-leaking, defect-producing black-hole, which I can start turning into a thing of value." Along the way, he's developed a keen sense of what it takes to be an effective manufacturer in China, and has the resumé to back it up. He wears that sense on his sleeve, and that's a good thing.
As an avid watcher of train wrecks, I'd like to see more in the way of salacious rumors, tales of closures and misdeeds, corruption and bribery, as well as altercations with local authorities. But that's just me (I'm not proud).
Nonetheless, anyone looking into the manufacturing sector would do well to visit his blog for some useful, on-the-ground insight.