March 25, 1998
Kuk Dong Story: When the Fox Guards the Hen House
By David M.
Boje, Grace Ann Rosile, &
We are trying to find the factories that manufacture
for Nike, Reebok, Adidas, and New Balance. We are also charting their
relative production over time and by country (Landrum
& Boje 2001). When we track the manufacturing operations of
Nike and Reebok from 1990-1999, it becomes evident that production in
unionized countries has decreased while production in lower wage nonunionized countries has increased (Figures 1 and 2). Both companies
show a decline in manufacturing in South Korea and an increase in manufacturing in China and Indonesia during the 1990s.
Figure 1: Nike manufacturing by country, 1990-1999 (Source, Landrum & Boje 2001)
Figure 2: Reebok manufacturing by country, 1990-1999 (Source, Landrum & Boje 2001)