Foxconn: The complexity of quality control in a Chinese context

Shih Wei Hsu, Maris Farquharson, Anders Örtenblad

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During the past decade, Apple (Inc.) has achieved spectacular success in the consumer electronics industry and was awarded the ‘World’s Most Admired Company’ from 2008 to 2012 (Fortune 2012). However, this triumph was somewhat over-shadowed by a series of worker suicides that occurred in one of Apple’s main contract manufacturers, Foxconn International Holdings Ltd, in China. This case study is based on our interviews with five managers and one production line leader in Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd, the parent company of Foxconn, between October and December 2010. Foxconn is a subsidiary of Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd (hereafter Hon Hai), a Taiwanese company and one of the largest electronic manufacturers in the world. Hon Hai was ranked 132nd among the Global Fortune 500 Companies in 2009 and 109th in 2010. Hon Hai was founded in 1974, and Foxconn Technology Group was adopted as its trading name. In 1988, Foxconn established its first multinational manufacturing base in mainland China. The company opened a factory in Shenzhen, an industrial city in south China. By 2010, Foxconn had 13 factories in nine cities in China (Lau 2010); the largest (and oldest) is located in the Longhua Science & Technology Park in Shenzhen. This factory is also known as the ‘Foxconn City’, or ‘iPod City’, or more locally as the ‘Foxconn Campus’. There are more than 230000 workers in this walled campus (Duhigg & Bradsher 2012), along with restaurants, shops, worker dormitories and a bank. Foxconn is particularly famous for assembling electronic goods such as Apple’s iPhones and iPods.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDynamics of International Business
Subtitle of host publicationAsia-Pacific Business Cases
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781107282278
ISBN (Print)9781107675469
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Business,Management and Accounting


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