I went to a fascinating documentary preview last night at Cinema Village in downtown New York. The film, “Young & Restless in China,” follows nine young Chinese citizens navigating the booming growth of their country’s nascent economy and the rapid changes existing all around them. The film grew out of a study run by Katzenbach Partners, a smart New York-based organizational consulting firm founded by former McKinseyites. The study, known as China 2024, is the brainchild of founding partner Niko Canner and Katzenbach associate Stacy Palestrant, who’s now based in China. Beginning in 2004, the two decided to study 114 MBAs who were just starting their careers, following their paths over the next 20 years. (Talk about long term perspective!) The group included students who’d gotten their MBAs from Chinese business schools or top-tier U.S. schools, and I had the privilege to meet a few of them for a story at my former job.
Four years in, Katzenbach is starting to talk about the findings of their study, and a few of the members of the China 2024 group are now featured as part of filmmaker Sue Williams’ documentary. You can check out previews here; watch for the entire film when it airs on PBS in June.
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