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Agility lessons from utilities

December 2015—The industry faces pressure on its core businesses and unexpected digital competition. Evaluating the external environment and making bets more quickly will be decisive for incumbents.more

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The cement industry at a turning point: A path toward value creation

December 2015—Bigger can be better in the cement industry—not only at the regional level, but globally.more


Positioning independents for success in North American unconventionals

December 2015—Producers of North American shale gas and light tight oil production (LTO) are facing an uncertain market ahead. We look at some of the ways they can continue to outperform.more

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Is there hidden treasure in the mining industry?

November 2015—Low equity prices may offer important M&A opportunities for the mining industry.more


Solving the puzzle of India’s petrochemical-intermediates shortfall

November 2015—The country’s upstream petrochemical and downstream specialties industries are expanding healthily. But a combination of moves will be needed to meet India’s fast-growing demand for petrochemical intermediates.more


The nimble prosper: Dynamic resource allocation in chemicals

November 2015—Crafting a strategic road map and responding rapidly to external shocks are critical for superior value creation in chemicals.more


How digital innovation can improve mining productivity

November 2015—With profits down, miners are focused on improving their productivity. Digital innovation could provide a breakthrough.more


Capturing margin opportunities in oil and gas refining

October 2015—Downstream oil and gas industry players are used to market shifts. The key is taking advantage when they occur.more


The conundrum of new complex refining investments

September 2015—Refiners continue to invest in complex refining capacity despite highly volatile margins and generally low light-heavy differentials. Why?more


Leading U. S. Steel in challenging times

August 2015—CEO Mario Longhi discusses leading the company through a difficult period, its search for growth, and what constitutes success.more

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Adopting a through-cycle approach to talent management

July 2015—Instead of dealing with talent shortage, many oil and gas companies are now juggling a surplus of labor. Rapid performance management systems can help address near-term workforce needs as well as build stronger organizations.more


Chemicals and capital markets: Still going strong

July 2015—The chemical industry continues to ride high in capital markets. Our latest capital-markets update suggests that a number of the key value-driving trends remain in place.more

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Peering into energy’s crystal ball

July 2015—McKinsey’s predictions were broadly on target in 2007. Here’s how things could turn out during the next eight years.more

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