Have Management Consultants Infiltrated North Korea?

McKinsey, BCG and Bain-type consultants have been involved with business training for North Koreans informally and in their private capacities through our programs. As more North Koreans dive into business and entrepreneurship, the transfer of data-driven analytics and modern management theories is increasingly important. On the other hand, corporate America and management consultants in particular are often (and perhaps unfairly) accused of speaking in jargon and buzzwords that confuse more than they illuminate, and it would be a shame to inflict such horror on North Koreans. To my surprise, a corporate buzzword has penetrated North Korean society. On November 4th this year, KCNA, North Korea's state-run news agency, reported on a Provincial "Innovators" meeting.

Pyongyangites Meet to Welcome Jagang Provincial Innovators Pyongyang, November 4 (KCNA) -- A Pyongyang mass meeting took place at the Pyongyang Indoor Stadium Friday to welcome officials, labor innovators, scientists and technicians from the Huichon Ryonha General Machinery Plant. … Those innovators set an example in every aspect including development and production of new products, economic management and improvement of production environment by fully displaying the Kanggye spirit, thus further glorifying the undying leadership feats of Kim Jong Il and strikingly proving again that science and technology guarantee a thriving nation, he said.