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The Evolution of a Corporate Idealist: When Girl Meets Oil by Christine Bader

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Chapter 2

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CHINA: MAKING THE CASE

“Let’s get started,” said the manager to the assembled staff in the meeting room. With a trim black sweater over his button-down shirt, wire-rimmed glasses, and close-cropped hair, his appearance was as clipped as his manner. One of the translators repeated after him in Mandarin for his colleagues who weren’t as comfortable with English.

The manager began running down the spreadsheet, the latest estimates for the cost and timeline to build a massive petrochemicals plant. BP was teaming up with Sinopec, one of China’s state-owned energy companies, for this fifty-fifty joint venture that would bring a migrant workforce ...

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