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Where are all the women innovators? Here’s a start

These are some of the women whose devotion to innovation is inspiring.
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Global Economics Intelligence executive summary, May 2021

– Amid the agonies of a second pandemic year, the recovery gathers further momentum; business leaders and policy makers ponder rising... inflation.
Discussion Paper - McKinsey Global Institute

A new look at how corporations impact the economy and households

– We map the different ways in which the economic value that large companies create flows to households in OECD economies and examine... what has changed in the past quarter-century.
Survey

The new digital edge: Rethinking strategy for the postpandemic era

– Our latest survey confirms that the future will belong to companies that put technology at the center of their outlook, capabilities,... and leadership mandate.
Article

The strategy-analytics revolution

– It’s time to bring advanced analytics into the strategy room—here’s why.
Interview - McKinsey Quarterly

Sounding the alarm on system noise

– Daniel Kahneman and Olivier Sibony, renowned experts in cognitive biases and decision making, explain how noise—or unwanted... variability—clouds organizations’ judgments, and what to do about it.
Article

The essentials of healthcare innovation

– The pandemic has raised the importance of healthcare organizations actively choosing, evolving, accelerating, and extending their... innovation efforts, a new survey reveals.
Article

How Australian companies can reinvent themselves in 2021

– To prosper in this new era of opportunity, Australian companies need to reinvent themselves. This article lays out a detailed... path forward.
Article

On target: How to succeed with carbon-reduction initiatives

– McKinsey research reveals which industries are on track to meet green objectives and how they got there.
Survey

How boards have risen to the COVID-19 challenge, and what’s next

– According to a new survey, the COVID-19 crisis has accelerated operational changes and stronger collaboration between directors... and management that are key to a board’s success.
Article

From principle to practice: Making stakeholder capitalism work

– Just as with other business priorities, stakeholder capitalism is a matter of execution. Here are five steps to get it right.
Article

The CFO’s role in capability building

– Organizations developing new skills for the next normal must determine exactly how and where to invest in them. The finance leader... is uniquely suited to provide the necessary combination of insights.
Survey

The coronavirus effect on global economic sentiment

– Though the pandemic overshadows other risks to growth, optimism about the economy persists and company prospects continue to brighten,... especially on the hiring front.
Commentary

Should you start issuing EPS guidance again?

– You may have suspended the practice because of the COVID-19 crisis. But if you resume it now, you may miss an opportunity to improve... communications with investors.
Article

Four regions, four stories of recovery and resilience

– An assessment of shareholder returns in the world’s four largest capital markets reveals how the global stock market fared... in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Article

Innovation: Your launchpad out of the COVID-19 crisis

– To innovate your way out of this downturn, you need to change behaviors and mindsets—starting at the very top.
Article

Strategic resilience during the COVID-19 crisis

– Organizations that rapidly reinvented themselves in response to the pandemic can provide lessons on resilience.
Interview

Accounting for values and valuation

– Former UPS finance chief Kurt Kuehn describes how the SASB framework can help companies measure, manage, and disclose material... ESG and other nonfinancial risks.
Article

This way out: How leading companies chart a full-potential COVID-Exit

– Half measures and incrementalism won’t work when your company emerges from a crisis. Here’s how leading organizations... are thinking about holistic transformation to go all in.

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Beat the odds with a bold business strategy

Learn what it takes to unlock the big moves that really matter for exceptional performance.
Book

Valuation: Measuring and Managing the Value of Companies, 7th edition

At the crossroads of corporate strategy and finance lies valuation. This book enables everyone, from the budding professional to the seasoned manager, to excel at measuring and maximizing shareholder and company value.

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The role of boards in fostering resilience

– The lessons learned from the current crisis can help corporate boards make the organizations they serve stronger.
Podcast

The committed innovator: A conversation with Dometic’s Peter Kjellberg

– The chief marketing officer of the mobile-living-products company explains why a commitment to innovation has to start at the... top.
Podcast

The workforce of the future

– Accelerating trends in remote work, e-commerce, and automation mean that more people will need to change jobs and learn new skills.... Are leaders ready to guide the shift?
Podcast

Collaborations between corporates and start-ups

– How to raise the odds of lasting mutual benefits when large and small companies team up.

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Fresh takes on strategic growth and the latest trends in business.

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Cash Excellence

This collection of articles and videos explores how to enhance an organization’s performance and resilience through the... application of cash management best practices, mindsets, and capabilities.
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CEO perspectives

Interviews with CEOs sharing their perspectives on corporate strategy, organization and team, external stakeholders and board... management, and their own ways of working.
Global theme

Business Resilience

Resilience is the ability of a business to withstand, adapt, and thrive in the face of shocks that are internal and external,... as well as known and unanticipated.
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Bias Busters Collection

It happens to the best of us. We don’t realize that some of our decisions are affected by cognitive and organizational biases.... Here are some of the most common of those biases and ways you can address them.
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McKinsey on Finance, Number 76

– Perspectives on Corporate Finance and Strategy

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Will productivity and growth return after the COVID-19 crisis?

– Bold innovation by some firms under pressure of the pandemic could deliver a productivity dividend, but that depends on corporate... action broadening and robust demand.
Article

Investors remind business leaders: Governance matters

– Activists continue to poke holes in corporate performance and returns, but they are having their greatest success with governance... structures. Here’s how to think about their moves.
Article

The great acceleration

– The COVID-19 crisis has intensified existing trends, widening the gap between those at the top and bottom of the power curve... of economic profit. Will your strategy keep you ahead of the accelerated pace of change?
Article

The one task the CFO should not delegate: Integrations

– The numbers show that when the finance chief is directly involved in identifying potential synergies, transformation and value-creation... opportunities, and cultural pitfalls, companies see greater deal success.
Article

Coronavirus: 15 emerging themes for boards and executive teams

– Board directors and executives can pool their wisdom to help companies grapple with the challenge of a lifetime.
Article

Leadership in a crisis: Responding to the coronavirus outbreak and future challenges

– For many executives, the coronavirus pandemic is a crisis unlike any other in recent times. Five leadership practices can help... you respond effectively.
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

The innovation commitment

– To catalyze breakthrough growth, leaders must set bold aspirations, make tough choices, and mobilize resources at scale.
Commentary

Climbing the private-equity learning curve

– CEOs who are used to engaging with public-company boards need a different playbook when it comes to private-equity boards. Here’s... what they can expect.
Podcast

The workforce of the future

– Accelerating trends in remote work, e-commerce, and automation mean that more people will need to change jobs and learn new skills.... Are leaders ready to guide the shift?
Article

Not the last pandemic: Investing now to reimagine public-health systems

– The COVID-19 crisis reminds us how underprepared the world was to detect and respond to emerging infectious diseases. Smart investments... of as little as $5 per person per year globally can help ensure far better preparation for future pandemics.
Podcast

Stakeholder capitalism: A conversation with Vivian Hunt and Paul Polman

– Why companies must now compete on trust and deliver value to multiple stakeholders.
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