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The artful synergist, or how to get more value from mergers and acquisitions

– Keeping your deal team small ensures confidentiality, but pinpointing synergies requires bringing more people on board. Here’s how to strike the right balance.


Strategy in a digital age

Strategy in a digital age

Our series on developing corporate and business-unit strategies in a digitally disrupted world.

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McKinsey on Finance, Number 61

– Perspectives on Corporate Finance and Strategy

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Executive Briefing - McKinsey Quarterly

The CEO guide to boards

– Greater responsibilities require increased commitments of time and energy.

How CFOs can use war gaming to support strategic decisions

– CFOs are often natural leaders of this strategic planning tool.
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The dark side of transparency

– Executives need to get smarter about when to open up and when to withhold information so they can enjoy the benefits of organizational... transparency while mitigating its unintended consequences.

Tailoring your integration approach to specific deals

– Every merger or acquisition is different, yet many companies stick to the same integration playbook. Here’s how to tailor... your approach.

How activist investors are transforming the role of public-company boards

– Collaboration between activists and traditional asset managers is changing the boardroom. Here’s how.

Economic Conditions Snapshot, December 2016: McKinsey Global Survey results

– In the face of political transitions and concerns over trade, executives expect improvements at home and a stable global economy—with... some regional divergences.

What executives think about the economy: 2004 to now

– This continually updated interactive tracks how executives around the world have viewed economic conditions and the economic prospects... of their companies, and how those views have differed over time and across industries, regions, and types of company.

Are today’s CFOs ready for tomorrow’s demands on finance?

– Survey results show that as their role expands to include ever more nonfinancial demands, CFOs know they must build new skills... to lead.

Improving the investment patterns of cyclical companies

– Companies that invest smartly when times are bad typically outperform peers.

Strategic portfolio management: Divesting with a purpose

– Tying portfolio decisions to a company’s distinctive capabilities can help identify which businesses to divest.

Where, how much, and how: Answering the hardest questions of resource allocation

– The challenge of resource allocation is determining where the resources will bring the most value, how much... money and talent to redistribute, and how to put those shifts effectively into action.

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