“Some people say that in this world, there are a lot of people who rely on flowery rhetoric – you can deceive a person, if you can deceive the whole world, it becomes your sincerity that fooled them… you fooling one person is no problem, if everyone has been fooled by you, that’s a skill, that’s a symbol of success.”
— Tang Jun, Former Microsoft China President and now Shanda CEO
Allegedly said in the first phone interview since Tang Jun was accused of faking his credentials before becoming the head of Microsoft China. In both of his books, “My Success Can Be Copied” and “Tang Jun’s Diary,” Tang Jun claimed that he had graduated from the California Institute of Technology (Cal-Tech). Fraud buster Fang Shimin claimed last week that this was a lie, and the only diploma Tang Jun had earned was from Pacific Western University, which was closed down after being accused by the State of Hawaii of selling degrees. The topic has fired up debate all over China, both about academic fraud and about whether companies value pretty credentials more than actual know how.