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Five Fifty: The lifecycle of a CEO

– A CEO’s job starts out tough—and then gets tougher. Here’s advice for the early, middle, and late stages of... a CEO’s tenure.
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A time for boards to act

– According to a new survey, directors see good operations and effective execution of key board activities linking with stronger... self-reported performance, suggesting that value can flow from improving the way boards work.
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How CFOs can better support board directors—and vice versa

– Governing boards face increasing pressure and greater scrutiny from investors. Here is how CFOs can reinforce their stewardship.

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Economic Conditions Snapshot, March 2018: McKinsey Global Survey results

– Global respondents see trade-policy changes as rising risks to growth, and those in developed economies report a more cautious... outlook overall than their emerging-economy peers.
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Five Fifty: Activists at the gate

– How do you know a corporate board is effective? Look to the number of activist investors it attracts.
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Transforming the culture of managing working capital

– A thousand everyday decisions can dramatically increase the cash needed to run a large business. Taking advantage requires... a cultural shift.

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McKinsey on Finance, Number 65

– Perspectives on Corporate Finance and Strategy
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Strategy in a digital age

How to develop corporate and business-unit strategies in a digitally disrupted world.
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The CEO guide to boards

– Greater responsibilities require increased commitments of time and energy.
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

Taking the measure of innovation

– Don’t overlook the insight that two simple metrics can yield about the effectiveness of your R&D spending.
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Is globalization in retreat? Three global CEOs share their insights

– Faced with a backlash against globalization, executives share how they are responding to the new dynamics of international trade... to maintain competitiveness.
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Health system financing: Tips for emerging markets

– Many countries with emerging economies are considering health system financing transformation. Five no-regrets tips can help them... build a strong foundation for their future health system.
Article

Six digital growth strategies for banks

– Banks that know where to look can find new sources of untapped value.
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Disruption in European consumer finance: Lessons from Sweden

– Strong earnings in European consumer finance have drawn the attention of attackers, including large retailers and fintechs. To... maintain their position, banks must focus on the customer and transform their operating models.
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What executives think about the economy: 2004 to now

– This continually updated interactive tracks how executives around the world have viewed economic conditions and the economic prospects... of their companies, and how those views have differed over time and across industries, regions, and types of company.
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A time for boards to act

– According to a new survey, directors see good operations and effective execution of key board activities linking with stronger... self-reported performance, suggesting that value can flow from improving the way boards work.
Article

How CFOs can better support board directors—and vice versa

– Governing boards face increasing pressure and greater scrutiny from investors. Here is how CFOs can reinforce their stewardship.
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How governments can be more effective by reallocating their resources

– Scrutinizing past expenditures and radically challenging cognitive biases can help governments cut costs and create better outcomes... for citizens.
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How grocers can outperform in Vietnam: Standing tall in a crowded market

– Like many emerging markets, Vietnam presents major growth opportunities for modern trade grocers. As they look to expand their... shares in Vietnam, a decisive question remains: What is the recipe for profitable growth?

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