Eastern working practices influencing the Western world?

Eastern working practices influencing the Western world?

Weak Signal's progress: fully-fledged

This Weak Signal came from: 
European Commission Framework Programme for RTD

The theme/scheme related to this Weak Signal: 
CAPACITIES: Science and society

The sub-theme that best relates to this Weak Signal: 
Strategic activities

When did the Weak Signal manifest ? 
2000-2005

Weak Signal's description 
Working practices for manufacturers (such as ipods) in China are very poor and have led to a number of suicide attempts. If western practices are taken on board, then the demand for products may not be met and the Western world cannot afford to manufacture which could lead to a downturn in new technological and innovative products and a crash in the European economy.