McKinsey Global Institute

Reports issued by the McKinsey Global Institute are often cited in international media, and MGI authors frequently contribute to leading business publications. We offer a selection of articles below.

MGI In the News

article | Harvard Business Review

The most digital companies are leaving the rest behind

January 21, 2016—A new digital divide has opened up in America. Just about every individual, company and sector of the economy now has access to digital technologies—there are hardly any “have nots” anymore. But a widening gap exists between the “haves” and a group we call the “have-mores”: companies and sectors that are using their digital capabilities far more than the rest to innovate and transform how they operate, write James Manyika, Gary Pinkus, and Sree Ramaswamy in Harvard Business Review.more

article | LinkedIn

Are you part of the digital haves or the have-mores?

December 17, 2015—Much has been written over the years about the digital divide and the Americans who remain offline, but now but now that technology has penetrated so widely, a different dynamic is taking hold. The gap between the digital “haves” and “have-mores” increasingly defines competition across the US economy, writes James Manyika on LinkedIn.more

article | Americas Quarterly

Greater women’s equality in Latin America would unlock $1 trillion

December 1, 2015—Women have won five presidential elections in Latin America—an impressive feat. Yet much more still needs to be done to advance women's equality in the region. The economic benefits alone would be huge—by our calculations more than $1 trillion over the next decade. At a time when many Latin American economies are struggling, that’s too good a dividend to pass up, write Andres Cadena and Anu Madgavkar in Americas Quarterly.more

article | LinkedIn

The future of work: Five issues for the Next:Economy

November 12, 2015—There’s a palpable feeling in the air that these are not ordinary times. The changes currently brewing will be sweeping rather than incremental as technology alters the structure of companies and the future of work. Five issues provide some context and touchstones for business leaders and policy makers to consider as they shape their responses, writes James Manyika on LinkedIn.more

article | Project Syndicate

Reigniting South African growth

November 13, 2015—A paradox of Sub-Saharan Africa’s rapid economic expansion is the fact that the region’s most sophisticated economy seems not to be part of it. Since 2008, South Africa has recorded average annual GDP growth of just 1.8 percent. The International Monetary Fund expects output in the rest of Sub-Saharan Africa to grow at a rate of close to 5 percent next year, but South Africa is projected to manage little more than 1 percent growth. South Africa needs to reclaim the economic initiative, by—literally—building the Africa of the future, write Acha Leke and Michael Katz in Project Syndicate.more

article | Harvard Business Review

How many of your daily tasks could be automated?

December 14, 2015—Organizations that manage the transition to a more highly automated business model can build strong advantages, write Michael Chui, James Manyika, and Mehdi Miremadi in Harvard Business Review.more

article | Project Syndicate

Why gender parity matters

November 5, 2015—The high cost of gender inequality has been documented extensively. But a new study by the McKinsey Global Institute estimates that it is even higher than previously thought—with far-reaching consequences, write Laura Tyson and Anu Madgavkar in Project Syndicate.more

article | Vox

Restarting the global economy: Three mismatches that need concerted public action

November 4, 2015—The global economy is not working properly. This column argues that to overcome suboptimal results, global aggregate demand must be expanded, the gap between excessively large pools of capital and huge unmet infrastructure needs must be bridged, and finally, the distributional downside of rapid technological advances and global integration must be addressed. Change will come only when a global vision is put forth, coupled with political will, write Michael Spence, Danny Leipziger, James Manyika, Ravi Kanbur in Vox.more

article | LinkedIn

Why China should invest in productivity not in reproductivity

November 3, 2015—China, like many other countries, is past the point where policy can influence demographics. Although the partial relaxation of the one child policy in China’s urban areas has led to a small increase in fertility, and there is bound to be something of a spike in births as a result of the latest policy change, the economic impact in the short term will be limited, writes Jonathan Woetzel on LinkedIn.more

article | The Huffington Post

What the rise of the freelance economy means for the future of work

October 30, 2015—With the right institutions and policies in place, it could become more viable for people to choose a freelance career path. Workers in many fields are becoming free agents in digital marketplaces, for better and for worse. Now policymakers and the private sector will need to create a framework that allows all of the participants—including the workers—to enjoy the economic upside, writes Susan Lund in The Huffington Post.more

video | BloombergJames Manyika Bloomberg interview

Countries that trade more grow better

MGI director James Manyika discusses trade and his book co-authored with Richard Dobbs, “No Ordinary Disruption" on Bloomberg Surveillance.

video | BloombergRichard Dobbs Bloomberg interview

US must step up exports to win in trade

MGI director Richard Dobbs discusses the Trans Pacific Partnership trade agreement and the economics of global trade. He speaks on Bloomberg Markets.

video | CNBCChui CNBC interview

Automating the c-suite

MGI principal Michael Chui discusses the potential for automation of executive jobs on CNBC.

video | YouTube

Reducing the risk of the debt crisis

MGI’s Susan Lund and Richard Dobbs speak about topics related to one of their latest publications, “Debt and (not much) deleveraging.”

video | CNBCCNBC Interview - Richard Dobbs

Asia's urbanization challenge

MGI director Richard Dobbs and other experts discuss how city planners are rising to the urbanization challenge on CNBC Asia.