UW Sociology Public Lecture Series: Business Without Borders
Professor Gary Hamilton
Wal-Mart, China, and You
Thursday, March 4 - 7 pm
University of Washington Club Lecture Room
A specialist in East Asian Economies, Gary Hamilton will examine Wal-Mart's rise as one of the world's largest corporations against the backdrop of their involvement in China, the world's fastest growing economy.
Wal-Mart is a firm that everyone has an opinion about. Some love it, some loathe it. But what most people don't realize is that Wal-Mart is one of a number of firms that are substantially changing the global economy. Wal-Mart is part of a broad movement that has increasingly taken economic power out of the hands of manufacturers and put it in the hands of merchants. Who drives this revolution? You, the consumer. What is the consequence of your consumer choices? The concentration of global manufacturing in China and elsewhere in Asia. Who is the beneficiary of this revolution? Wal-Mart and other global retailers. Is this revolution good or bad for America? That is for you to decide.
Registration for this free public lecture is requested at www.soc.washington.edu/RSVP using the word "Wal-Mart".
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