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About this practice

We help our clients master change and manage people better, and so create enduring value from turnarounds, reorganizations, and mergers. McKinsey works with many of the world’s largest corporations and public services to tackle their most important organizational challenges. We help deliver rapid corporate turnarounds; unlock major efficiency gains through restructuring; create substantial new value from mergers; and build enduring competitive advantage through superior talent and leadership.

Three things define our approach: First, we bring analytical rigor to the science of organization, using facts and benchmarks to scope the opportunity and measure results. Second, every effort to strengthen organizations is integrated with business imperatives: executing strategy, improving operations, meeting customer needs. Third, we focus not just on short-term results, but on building organizational health—the capabilities and qualities that underpin sustained performance.

An extensive knowledge base underpins our work, including articles published in the McKinsey Quarterly; books such as Beyond Performance: How organizational health delivers ultimate competitive advantage, by Scott Keller and Colin Price; and our proprietary Organizational Health Index tool, based on diagnostic surveys with more than 500,000 respondents in over 450 organizations worldwide. We share insights at gatherings such as our Change Leaders Forum, which has brought together over 600 senior executives leading major transformation efforts.

Through our core service lines, our global network of consultants and experts helps leaders tackle four main organizational challenges:

  • Designing organizations for high performance
  • Managing major change
  • Competing through talent
  • Realizing maximum deal value from mergers