By Jim Tompkins
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The business novel Caught Between the Tiger and the Dragon
is a modern-day fable that cleverly brings to life the ups and downs of business interactions with China and being under the thumb of a private equity company. Rich Morrison, the new CEO of a lingerie manufacturing company, feels as if he’s on a crazy, never-ending treadmill powered by a tightfisted overlord who thinks China holds the key to all riches and that financial forecasts can actually predict the future. From North Carolina to New York City and finally to China, Rich navigates the stormy waters of today’s global business world with his executive team and his wife, Melissa. Along the way, he learns what he really wants out of life and how to get it. A compassionate and intelligent leader, Rich also learns how the tigers of the Western world and the dragons of the Chinese world can come together by developing and cultivating Guanxi.
About the Author: Dr. James A. Tompkins is an international authority on supply chain strategy, focusing on implementation of end-to-end supply chains that are demand driven. As the founder and CEO of Tompkins International, he provides leadership for Tompkins globally.
His 35-plus years as CEO of a consulting/integration firm and his focus on helping companies achieve profitable growth give him an insider’s view into what makes great companies even better. As a highlevel business and supply chain strategy advisor, his unique perspective prepares corporations and executives for the future.
To share his knowledge and provide up-to-date information on supply chain and business trends, he developed his blog and the Global Supply Chain Podcast. Jim is also a thought leader, sharing insights on business strategy through his “Business at a Crossroads” and “The Amazon Effect” presentations.
He has written or contributed to more than 30 books, including Caught Between the Tiger and the Dragon, Bold Leadership, Logistics and Manufacturing Outsourcing, The Supply Chain Handbook, No Boundaries and Facilities Planning. Jim has been quoted in hundreds of business and industry magazines such as The Journal of Commerce, Supply & Demand Chain Executive, and FORTUNE, and he has spoken at thousands of international engagements.
Jim has served as President of the Institute of Industrial Engineers, the Materials Management Society, and the College-Industry Council on Material Handling Education, and Purdue has named him a Distinguished Engineering Alum. He has also received more than 50 awards for his service to his profession.
Jim received his Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering in 1969, his Master of Science in Industrial Engineering in 1970 and his Ph.D. in 1972, all from Purdue University.
What Are People Saying About This Book?
“Speaks to countless CEOs who are struggling with business interactions in China.”
–Bob Schapiro, Writer/Director of ON THE FRONTLINES: DOING BUSINESS IN CHINA
“Very entertaining! This novel gives the reader a truly strategic approach to conducting business in China
that includes maintaining the critical elements of customer service, product quality, and trading partner
–Robert Nardone, President, Supply Chain Guidance LLC
“This book sheds light on the mystery of doing business in China and helps close the gap in understanding
between Western and Asian business practices. A nice introduction to Guanxi.”
–Steven Ganster, Managing Director, Technomic Asia
“Caught Between the Tiger and the Dragon incorporates humor and suspense by telling a great story of
leading while learning in the world of global business.”
–Nick LaHowchic, President, DIANNIC, LLC
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