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About this practice

Read how we help our clients master change and manage people better, and so create enduring value from turnarounds, reorganizations, and mergers.

We help our clients master change and manage people better, and so create enduring value from turnarounds, reorganizations, and mergers. McKinsey works with many of the world’s largest corporations and public services to tackle their most important organizational challenges. We help deliver rapid corporate turnarounds; unlock major efficiency gains through restructuring; create substantial new value from mergers; and build enduring competitive advantage through superior talent and leadership.

Three things define our approach: First, we bring analytical rigor to the science of organization, using facts and benchmarks to scope the opportunity and measure results. Second, every effort to strengthen organizations is integrated with business imperatives: executing strategy, improving operations, meeting customer needs. Third, we focus not just on short-term results, but on building organizational health—the capabilities and qualities that underpin sustained performance.

An extensive knowledge base underpins our work, including articles published in the McKinsey Quarterly; books such as Beyond Performance: How organizational health delivers ultimate competitive advantage, by Scott Keller and Colin Price; and our proprietary Organizational Health Index tool, based on diagnostic surveys with more than 500,000 respondents in over 450 organizations worldwide. We share insights at gatherings such as our Change Leaders Forum, which has brought together over 600 senior executives leading major transformation efforts.

Through our core service lines, our global network of consultants and experts helps leaders tackle four main organizational challenges:

  • Designing organizations for high performance
  • Managing major change
  • Competing through talent
  • Realizing maximum deal value from mergers

How we help clients

Human Capital

We help clients compete through talent—by shaping robust talent strategies linked to business needs, understanding workforce trends,... developing great leaders who deliver results, and building an excellent HR function.

Merger Management

We help clients realize maximum deal value from mergers—by tapping the right synergies, building capabilities, shaping the new... culture, and speeding up integration.

Organization Design

Our consultants help clients design organizations to reduce costs, drive growth, and strengthen both short-term performance and... long-term organizational health.

Transformational Change

We help large organizations design and implement major change programs that improve performance, build capabilities, and strengthen... behavior over time.