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    McKinsey & Company

    This year’s McKinsey & Company retreat in China was one to remember.
    Hundreds of the company’s consultants frolicked in the desert, riding camels over sand dunes and mingling in tents linked by red carpets. Meetings took place in a cavernous banquet hall that resembled a sultan’s ornate court, with a sign overhead to capture the mood.

    “I can’t keep calm, I work at McKinsey & Company,” it said.
    Especially remarkable was the location: Kashgar, the ancient Silk Road city in China’s far west that is experiencing a major humanitarian crisis.

    About four miles from where the McKinsey consultants discussed their work, which includes advising some of China’s most important state-owned companies, a sprawling internment camp had sprung up to hold thousands of ethnic Uighurs — part of a vast archipelago of indoctrination camps where the Chinese government has locked up as many as one million people.

    One week before the McKinsey event, a United Nations committee had denounced the mass detentions and urged China to stop.

    But the political backdrop did not appear to bother the McKinsey consultants, who posted pictures on Instagram chronicling their Disney-like adventures. In fact, McKinsey’s involvement with the Chinese government goes much deeper than its odd choice to showcase its presence in the country.

    For a quarter-century, the company has joined many American corporations in helping stoke China’s transition from an economic laggard to the world’s second-largest economy. But as China’s growth presents a muscular challenge to American dominance, Washington has become increasingly critical of some of Beijing’s signature policies, including the ones McKinsey has helped advance.

    One of McKinsey’s state-owned clients has even helped build China’s artificial islands in the South China Sea, a major point of military tension with the United States.

    It turns out that McKinsey’s role in China is just one example of its extensive — and sometimes contentious — work around the world, according to an investigation by The New York Times that included interviews with 40 current and former McKinsey employees, as well as dozens of their clients.


    Too long to post all of it....read the rest here: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/15/w...na-russia.html


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    Never heard of them.

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    alot people haven't, probably why NYT did a piece on them.

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    Well that's a subtle way of getting at China... letting McKinsey do management consultancy.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Cujo View Post
    Never heard of them.
    Quote Originally Posted by uncle junior View Post
    alot people haven't, probably why NYT did a piece on them.
    "alot people" does not know necessarily always everything.
    More than 30 years ago I was attending in Europe a schooling for a project management organized by them. And at that time they had already a big name, and their billing was also big...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Klondyke View Post
    "alot people" does not know necessarily always everything.
    pretty much.


    no doubt they've been around awhile and have their fingers in alot of pies....a bit odd to see an American corp. involved in projects the Pentagon is supposedly against...imho anyway.

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