Strategy & Corporate Finance Insights

The strategy-analytics revolution

It’s time to bring advanced analytics into the strategy room—here’s why.
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Global Economics Intelligence executive summary, April 2021

– A broad economic recovery continues to gather momentum—but against a backdrop of pandemic resurgence and a national crisis... in India.
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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

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.
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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.
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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.
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The impact of COVID-19 on capital markets, one year in

– Stock market performance reveals the impact of accelerating trends, growing gaps between the winners and the rest, and a flow... of value to megaplayers.
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Global Economics Intelligence executive summary, March 2021

– Amid a resurging pandemic, the economic recovery accelerates, pushed forward by demand and output from China and the United States.
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.
Interactive

Nine scenarios for the COVID-19 economy

– Learn more about potential economic outcomes of the COVID-19 crisis and how global executives rate the likelihood of each one.
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.
Interview - McKinsey Quarterly

Democratizing Indonesia’s housing market: An interview with Pahala Mansury

– BTN’s former president director explains how the Indonesian bank is making housing affordable for all during the COVID-19... pandemic.
Article

Why 2021 will define the next decade for Australian companies

– Companies face increased threats and opportunities from disruption, but a return to business as usual won’t be sufficient... to generate outperformance. Now is the time to take ambitious action.
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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.
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Strategic resilience during the COVID-19 crisis

– Organizations that rapidly reinvented themselves in response to the pandemic can provide lessons on resilience.
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Global Economics Intelligence executive summary, February 2021

– Economic recovery is driven by manufacturing and trade, with surging demand from China; vaccination programs make progress, if... slowly.
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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The state of internal carbon pricing

– More and more companies are experimenting with internal carbon charges—but are their pricing thresholds correct?
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A data-driven approach to improving net working capital

– Better performance relies on greater visibility into processes and decisions. The right combination of technology, capabilities,... and mindsets can make all the difference.
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

How capital markets keep us connected

– Nasdaq’s 50th anniversary reminds us that markets should be more inclusive, share more information, inspire innovation,... and bring the world together.
Interview - McKinsey Quarterly

Taking stock: Catching up with Nasdaq CEO Adena Friedman

– How has the global market exchange remained relevant to its stakeholders after 50 years? By embracing changes in technology, society,... and the economy and by meeting customers’ needs with innovation.
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Global Economics Intelligence executive summary, January 2021

– The economic recovery is exceeding expectations, but the pandemic has worsened; vaccination programs and the fight against the... virus will dictate further progress.

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Collection

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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Expert voices

Interviews and conversations with our partners on how senior management thinks about strategy and how they confront their most pressing challenges.

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In conversation: The CEO’s new technology agenda

– Why the technology function needs to play an integral role in business strategy.
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Boards and decision making

– What the pandemic has taught board directors about high-consequence, low-probability decisions.
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Business priorities in the postpandemic era

– John Waldron, Kevin Sneader, and Carolyn Dewar on the state of global business and the future of M&A.
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The committed innovator: A conversation with board director Ireena Vittal

– The global innovation expert on solving the puzzle of growth in emerging markets.

The Strategy & Corporate Finance blog

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

Special collections

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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.
Collection

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.
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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.
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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?
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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.
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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.
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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.
Podcast

Stakeholder capitalism: A conversation with Vivian Hunt and Paul Polman

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

For mothers in the workplace, a year (and counting) like no other

– As Mother’s Day approaches, we look at how the COVID-19 pandemic has forced a reckoning between career ambitions and family... aspirations for many women, and what companies can do to help them.
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Ten ideas to unlock Indonesia’s growth after COVID-19

– If Indonesia can quickly return to prepandemic growth rates, the country may become the world’s seventh-largest economy... by 2030.
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Four ways boards can shape the cloud agenda

– Cloud can become an important source of strategic advantage for businesses. It’s time for boards to get involved.
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