Guten Tag, Y'all

Guten Tag, Y'all

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Nicknamed qEuroville, q Spartanburg, South Carolina, is a home away from home for BMW, Michelin, Ciba-Geigy, and numerous other European corporations. Enriching our understanding of what globalization means to millions of small-town, blue-collar Americans, Guten Tag, Y'all looks at Spartanburg as a model of how determined communities can shape and influence globalization to their benefita€”and liking. qSouth Carolinians in general and Spartans in particular do not believe in revolutions or quick fixes of any sort, q writes Marko Maunula. Portraying Spartanburg to be a highly organized, hierarchical community, Maunula shows how it retained much of its preexisting culture and many of its institutions as it transformed itself from a mill town to a global business headquarters. As Maunula discusses such topics as global currency flows, cold war politics, federal trade policies, technological advances, and the decline of the American textile industry, he profiles industrialist Roger Milliken, civic booster Richard E. (Dick) Tukey, and others who successfully qsoldq their vision for Spartanburg both abroad and on the home front. Maunula also analyzes the complex cultural give-and-take by which multinational corporations are transformed from alien, nationally identifiable foreign business units into localized conglomerates. Guten Tag, Y'all is a multifaceted, engaging case study of international economic survival and success at the local level.... of the initial construction schedule.29 Subsidies aside, in the end the most important reason for choosing Spartanburg, Ady declared, was the communitya#39;s labor force. ... The technical training program, flexible and carefully tailored to suit bmwa#39;s needs, offered an abundant supply of ... of the factorya#39;s Z3 model and corporate plans to expand the factorya#39;s product line, bmw announced the construction ofaanbsp;...

Title:Guten Tag, Y'all
Author: Marko Maunula
Publisher:University of Georgia Press - 2010-01-25

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