Sourcing expert gets the smack down from a QC expert

In his article “Yes, lean production is possible in China” QC expert Renaud Anjoran of the blog takes Author and China Consultant Rosemary Coates to task over an article she published entitled “Why China Is Not Ready for Lean Projects” in the Supply Chain Management Review.

I don’t know Mary but I do know Renaud. He is a very humble and quiet gentleman who really knows his stuff. See for yourself at this video entitled ‘Arm’s length buying’ which has him answering questions about China sourcing. Rosemary must have touched a nerve, because the very reserved Renaud drops the gloves with his rebuttal by addressing four pieces of “nonsense” (his words) in Mary’s article as follows:

First nonsense: lean manufacturing is a set of techniques

Second nonsense: classroom training should be enough

Third nonsense: lean principles come from the West

Fourth nonsense: lean thinking is incompatible with Chinese culture

Visit his article to get an education on why the concepts above are nonsense. Great stuff!


BTW, if you want to see Renaud’s review of Mary’s book entitled “42 Rules for Sourcing and Manufacturing in China”, you can visit this link.  Be warned, it ain’t pretty.


Here are links to other books reviewed by Renaud. He calls it like he sees it.  Enjoy!

Review of Change by Design: How Design Thinking
Transforms Organizations and Inspires Innovation

Review of Toyota Production System: Beyond Large-Scale

Review of Where East Eats West: The Street-Smarts Guide
to Business in China

Review of 42 Rules for Sourcing and Manufacturing in
China: A practical handbook for doing business in China, special economic
zones, factory tours and manufacturing quality

Review of Toyota Kata: Managing People for Improvement,
Adaptiveness and Superior Results

Review of Poorly Made in China: An Insider’s Account of
the Tactics Behind China’s Production Game

Review of Mr. China: A Memoir

Review of Managing the Dragon: How I’m Building a
Billion-Dollar Business in China

Review of River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze

Review of The China Price: The True Cost of Chinese
Competitive Advantage


Let me know if Mary responds to Renaud’s points. I’d love to blog about it.

Wishing you successful China sourcing!


About the blogger
Mike Bellamy is an Advisory Board Member & Featured Blogger at the not-for-profit China Sourcing Information Center ( He is also the author of, “The Essential Reference Guide to China Sourcing” ( and founder of PassageMaker Sourcing Solutions (

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