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Uncovering cash and insights from working capital

July 2014—Companies that improve the performance of their working capital can generate cash and see benefits far beyond the finance department.more

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Preparing to make big-ticket investment decisions

July 2014—When the stakes couldn’t be higher, the quality of the decision making can make all the difference. Process improvements can help.more

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Goodwill shunting: How to better manage write-downs

June 2014—Executives fret that writing down goodwill invites a negative market response. But that isn’t always so.more

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Global M&A: Fewer deals, better quality

June 2014—In 2013, acquirers continued to improve their discipline in creating value.more

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Making better decisions about the risks of capital projects

May 2014—A handful of pragmatic tools can help managers decide which projects best fit their portfolio and risk tolerance.more

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Preparing for bigger, bolder shareholder activists

March 2014—Activists are targeting more and bigger companies. Here’s what attracts them—and some tips on how to respond when they show up.more

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Dealing with activist investors: A conversation with Larry Kanarek

March 2014—Shareholder activists are having a profound impact on the behavior of companies. McKinsey director Larry Kanarek says executives must work with—rather than against—activists to improve performance.more

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Is your budget process stuck on last year’s numbers?

March 2014—Budgeting decisions are often anchored to the past. Here’s how to dislodge them.more

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Ten tips for leading companies out of crisis

March 2014—Even good managers can miss the early signs of distress, says McKinsey’s Doug Yakola, who’s been running recovery programs for 20 years. The first step is to acknowledge there’s a problem.more

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