Putting a Name to Innovation

In 1991 Zhang Ruimin, the CEO of Haier, announced a new technical innovation: the Qiming Torch.

‘This was announced by CEO Zhang himself, originally I did not dare to think about it, as I could not believe that an innovation would actually be named after me’, Li Qiming said. He was a senior employee at Haier, working mainly as a technician.

Around 1990, in order to improve production efficiency, Haier encouraged all employees to engage in work-related innovation. Problems could be raised immediately with the goal of finding a solution to them, innovators were rewarded, and everyone's enthusiasm . . .

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