The Haier CEO Zhang Ruimin was deeply influenced by Chris Anderson, author of The Long Tail and Makers: The New Industrial Revolution. During the first half of 2014, when Anderson visited Haier in Qingdao, China, Zhang Ruimin broke down Anderson's works, talking about the core of each book as well as his own personal understanding.
He felt that Anderson's Makers read more like a prophecy of the future – a maker can subvert a company. However, it would be extremely difficult to achieve this vision. Zhang Ruimin asked Anderson whether, if he created an enterprise of makers, after its . . .
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