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Our top 10 insights of 2017

Top 10 insights of 2017

– Drum roll, please. Every year we publish hundreds articles, reports, blog posts and podcasts based on McKinsey research. So our annual 'most popular' list is something of a guide to the topics that are generating the most excitement - and anxiety - among business leaders. This time around one dominant theme stands out: the application of digital technologies across the business landscape, and the pressing need for companies to retool everything from operating models to roles to corporate cultures. Digital reinvention? Digital transformation? Call it what you will. Looking at the list below, it was clearly the big theme of this year - and we reckon it is far from played out heading into 2018.

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The next-generation operating model for the digital world

– Companies need to increase revenues, lower costs, and delight customers. Doing that requires reinventing the operating model.


Article - McKinsey Quarterly

The case for digital reinvention

– Digital technology, despite its seeming ubiquity, has only begun to penetrate industries. As it continues its advance, the implications for revenues, profits, and opportunities will be dramatic.


Article - McKinsey Quarterly

What makes a CEO ‘exceptional’?

– We assessed the early moves of CEOs with outstanding track records; some valuable lessons for leadership transitions emerged.


Report - McKinsey Global Institute

Harnessing automation for a future that works

– Automation is happening, and it will bring substantial benefits to businesses and economies worldwide, but it won’t arrive overnight. A new McKinsey Global Institute report finds realizing automation’s full potential requires people and technology to work hand in hand.


Interview - McKinsey Quarterly

ING’s agile transformation

– Two senior executives from the global bank describe their recent journey.



Product managers for the digital world

– The role of the product manager is expanding due to the growing importance of data in decision making, an increased customer and design focus, and the evolution of software-development methodologies.


Article - McKinsey Quarterly

Culture for a digital age

– Risk aversion, weak customer focus, and siloed mind-sets have long bedeviled organizations. In a digital world, solving these cultural problems is no longer optional.



The seven decisions that matter in a digital transformation: A CEO’s guide to reinvention

– A successful digital transformation requires making trade-off decisions. Here’s how successful CEOs guide their businesses’ reinvention.


Report - McKinsey Global Institute

How artificial intelligence can deliver real value to companies

– Companies new to the space can learn a great deal from early adopters who have invested billions into AI and are now beginning to reap a range of benefits.



Battery storage: The next disruptive technology in the power sector

– Low-cost storage could transform the power landscape. The implications are profound.


Blog post

Our top 10 articles of 2016

– In 2016 we published more than 400 articles and reports on And while we're not obsessed with clicks and eyeballs, it's always interesting to see what resonated most.