A new report from Andersen Consulting and the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), Beyond the Bamboo Network
, says that the traditional strengths of CFBs -- the role of middleman and the reliance on personal relationships -- will matter less than their ability to build markets and acquire new customers.
While it's true that if you call around, put ads in the paper and get in on the bamboo network
you can often find bamboo free for the digging, remember that everything has its price:
One has to wonder whether that is why that prominent constituent of the Bamboo Network is a former joint partner of Wal-Mart--or whether the U.
firms enter China via joint ventures with a Chinese company that is part of the Bamboo Network.