McKinsey Quarterly - 2016 Issue 1
Back to Digital Newsstand McKinsey Quarterly 2016 Number 1

Organizing for the future

Explores the implications of workplace automation, the power of sleep and meditation, Ericsson’s recent HR transformation, and more.

Organizing for the future

Article - McKinsey Quarterly

Organizing for the future

– Platform-based talent markets help put the emphasis in human-capital management back where it belongs—on humans.
Interview - McKinsey Quarterly

How Ericsson aligned its people with its transformation strategy: An interview with chief HR officer Bina Chaurasia

– A recent shift in strategy required an overhaul of HR. Ericsson’s chief human-resources officer, Bina Chaurasia, describes how skills, technology, and processes had to change on a global scale.
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

Four fundamentals of workplace automation

– As the automation of physical and knowledge work advances, many jobs will be redefined rather than eliminated—at least in the short term.
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

Agility: It rhymes with stability

– Companies can become more agile by designing their organizations both to drive speed and create stability.

Leadership: Context, innovation, and authenticity

Article - McKinsey Quarterly

Leadership in context

– Organizational health matters more than you might expect.
Interview - McKinsey Quarterly

Organizing for breakthrough innovation

– Roche’s CEO talks about its R&D structure, tough decisions, and long-term mind-set.
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

Getting beyond the BS of leadership literature

– Management books and commentaries often oversimplify, seldom providing useful guidance about the skills and behavior needed to get things done. Here’s a better reading list for leaders.

Executive coping mechanisms

Article - McKinsey Quarterly

The organizational cost of insufficient sleep

– Sleep-awareness programs can produce better leaders.
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

Want to be a better leader? Observe more and react less

– Overloaded executives need coping mechanisms. This personal reflection shows how meditation can help.

Research, trends, and emerging thinking

Article - McKinsey Quarterly

Big data: Getting a better read on performance

– The benefits match those of earlier technology cycles, but companies must scale up their data-analytics skills to reap the gains.
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

How private-equity owners lean into turnarounds

– PE-backed companies outperform their public counterparts during periods of distress because the owners play a more active role in management.
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

Online car sales in China may be closer than they appear

– Can automobiles become the next big category for Chinese e-commerce?
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

Can brands control their online destiny in China?

– On the country’s major e-commerce platforms, consumer brands gain new revenue streams but struggle for prominence. New opportunities could raise their profile.
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

Behind China’s runaway online-to-offline commerce

– A flood of liquidity has produced huge subsidies and deep discounts in an app-driven marketplace.
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

Automating the insurance industry

– A more digital world will place a premium on some skills while reducing the need for others.

Closing view

Article - McKinsey Quarterly

How the sharing economy can make its case

– These challengers must develop a smarter approach to external engagement.
Commentary - McKinsey Quarterly

Creating value from long-term bets

– Corning’s CEO reminds us that big corporate achievements rarely come overnight.