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Working For Walmart In China: Outsourcing, Gender and Retail Service Floor Struggles with Eileen Otis

November 8, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Time: 12:00 pm – 01:30 pm
Location: 3119 International Center

In 2002 Walmart became the first retailer to reach the top of the Fortune 500, replacing car manufacturer General Motors. It is now heralded as a “new template for global capitalism.” It’s dominance represents a fundamental shift in the economy, with resounding impact for workers both in the U.S. and around the world, as it exercises control of a supply chain spanning the globe, accompanied by a degradation of work conditions and wages both in factories and on retail sales floors. The firm is rapidly expanding its operations in China where it runs over 400 stores. Taking the perspective of its retail employees as a starting point, Eileen Otis (University of Oregon) will show the effects of China’s institutional, social and cultural infrastructures on Walmart. While the firm endeavors to bring its successful logistics-driven business model to this mammoth consumer market, China is having a profound effect on the way the firm conducts business.

This event is sponsored by East Asian Studies Program.
Cosponsored by The Davis Humanities Institute, Department of Sociology, UC Davis Global Affairs

For more information please contact: Stephanie Ivory, slivory@ucdavis.edu


November 8, 2018
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

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