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 | Project Syndicate

Reassessing the Internet of Things

August 6, 2015—Today, we seem to be at a similar historical moment with a new innovation: the much-hyped Internet of Things—the linking of machines and objects to digital networks. Sensors, tags, and other connected gadgets mean that the physical world can now be digitized, monitored, measured, and optimized. As with computers before, the possibilities seem endless, the predictions have been extravagant—and the data have yet to show a surge in productivity, write James Manyika and Martin Neil Bailey in Project Syndicate.more

article | Fortune

By 2025, Internet of things applications could have $11 trillion impact

July 22, 2015—Companies have a great deal to gain from the Internet of things.The business leaders who tackle the obstacles to implementing these systems and invest in new capabilities early stand to gain the most from building competitive advantages, write James Manyika and Michael Chui in Fortune.more

article | The Cairo Review of Global Affairs

The obesity crisis

July 5, 2015—Obesity has become one of our major global economic problems. Many people may be surprised to learn that obesity is jostling with armed conflict and smoking as a human activity with the greatest negative impact on the global economy, write Richard Dobbs and James Manyika in The Cairo Review of Global Affairs.more

article | Project Syndicate

The missing arrow of abenomics

May 15, 2015—Japan’s productivity slump permeates the entire economy; labor and capital productivity gains have nearly stalled in almost every sector. Japan’s ability to alter its trajectory depends on individual companies making decisions to invest, change workplace policies, deploy new technologies, and test untried business models, write Seki Obata and Georges Desvaux on Project Syndicate.more

article | Fortune

How US companies can fill the skills gap

May 12, 2015—The jobs the nation has been creating in the past two years are very different in nature from the ones that were lost following the 2008 financial crisis.more

article | Foreign Affairs

Tokyo drift: How Japan can turn its aging workforce into an advantage

May 4, 2015—Japan is on a trajectory toward another decade of anemic growth and intensifying fiscal pressures. With its workforce shrinking, Japan must simultaneously boost productivity and labor force participation through creative adaptations for older workers and an increased focus on robotics in the workforce.more

article | Project Syndicate

The global obesity threat

April 2, 2015—In 2010, humanity passed an important milestone. Obesity became a bigger public-health problem than hunger. This crisis is not just a pressing health concern; it is also a threat to the global economy, write Richard Dobbs and Boyd Swinburn on Project Syndicate.more

article | Project Syndicate

The growth conundrum

March 31, 2015—Rapid economic growth has placed enormous pressure on the environment. As demographic tailwinds turn into headwinds, and environmental challenges become ever more apparent, businesses and governments need to think carefully about how to improve resource efficiency while fostering more inclusive economic growth, write Laura Tyson and Jonathan Woetzel on Project Syndicate.more

article | The Huffington Post

How productivity can save an aging world

March 18, 2015—Global economic growth is under threat because populations are aging, shrinking the size of the pool of people able to work. The only answer to the growth question in an era of dramatic demographic change is productivity growth.more

article | Financial Times

Mexico, destined to always underachieve?

March 11, 2015—Since the 1980s, both national and international observers have predicted time and again that economic growth in Mexico is just about to take off. But it hasn’t, and others have quickly gained ground and overtaken Mexico. In 1980, for instance, Mexico’s GDP per capita was almost double South Korea’s and 30 per cent higher than Taiwan’s. Today, South Korean per capita GDP is twice Mexico’s and Taiwan’s is almost three times as much. China, which had one-twelfth of Mexico’s GDP per capita in 1980 could surpass Mexico by 2018.more

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.