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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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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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In conversation: The great acceleration

– As trends speed up and outperformers increase their leads, companies urgently need to set a path for post-COVID-19 growth.
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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.
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

Bias busters: Don’t steer your strategy by the wrong star

– Leaders’ plans may falter if they’re relying on superficial analogies to find answers to their biggest problems.
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The coronavirus effect on global economic sentiment

– Economic expectations remain high but have tempered since December, and executives in Latin America and in Europe are less confident... than their peers about the future.
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NEF Spotlight: Mapping the travel sector’s recovery

– Bloomberg New Economy Forum and McKinsey & Company, Fall 2020
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NEF Spotlight: Global health in the post-COVID-19 era

– Bloomberg New Economy Forum and McKinsey & Company, Fall 2020

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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.
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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 board’s role during crisis and beyond

– Three seasoned board directors discuss the role boards are playing in guiding their companies toward recovery from the COVID-19... crisis.
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In conversation: The great acceleration

– As trends speed up and outperformers increase their leads, companies urgently need to set a path for post-COVID-19 growth.
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The committed innovator: A conversation with Neal Gutterson of Corteva

– How a biotech scientist helped transform a traditional science organization into an innovation leader.
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Boards and cybersecurity

– How boards should prepare for the rising cybersecurity threat

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

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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.
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Business Resilience

In the face of a crisis or economic slowdown, resilient organizations ride out uncertainty instead of being overpowered by it.
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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 75

– Perspectives on Corporate Finance and Strategy

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The innovation commitment

– To catalyze breakthrough growth, leaders must set bold aspirations, make tough choices, and mobilize resources at scale.
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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.
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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.
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The capability-building imperative: Make purposeful investments in people

– To thrive in a fast-changing world, leaders must treat capability building as a strategic weapon, says McKinsey’s managing... partner for North America.
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The board’s role during crisis and beyond

– Three seasoned board directors discuss the role boards are playing in guiding their companies toward recovery from the COVID-19... crisis.
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Investing in Black economic mobility

– Racial equity and inclusive growth can drive economic mobility and a postpandemic recovery.
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America 2021: Making change happen, against the odds

– To America’s leaders, innovators, and changemakers: knowing how to effect change is just as important as knowing what to change.
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