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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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Avoiding blind spots in your next joint venture

January 2014—Even joint ventures developed using familiar best practices can fail without cross-process discipline in planning and implementation.more

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How they fell: The collapse of Chinese cross-border listings

December 2013—As the China–US IPO pipeline restarts, recent history offers lessons for companies, investors, and regulators.more

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Why can’t we be friends? Five steps to better relations between CFOs and CMOs

December 2013—The application of data analytics offers a useful approach to build more collaboration in support of stronger growth.more

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Keeping multibusiness companies running smoothly

December 2013—The finance chiefs of GE and Unilever on the importance of talking directly with customers—and keeping businesses aligned on performance, talent, and M&A.more

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Unearthing the sources of value hiding in your corporate portfolio

December 2013—Executives who rely on high-level metrics to manage will miss potential sources of value creation. A finer-grained look can help.more

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Building a better income statement

November 2013—If neither companies nor investors find GAAP reported earnings useful, it’s clearly time for a new approach.more

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