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How lots of small M&A deals add up to big value

New research confirms that companies that regularly and systematically pursue moderately sized M&A deliver better shareholder returns than companies that don’t.
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How to beat your biases and make better investment decisions

– Cognitive biases can trip up even the most experienced executives but can be defeated using proven techniques.
Interview - McKinsey Quarterly

Demystifying deal making: Lessons from M&A veterans

– Two longtime experts in mergers and acquisitions describe what works—and what doesn’t—in corporate deal making,... including how to approach the role of activist investors.
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Done deal? Why many large transactions fail to cross the finish line

– Our research shows that many large mergers and acquisitions are abandoned before closing because of value-creation, regulatory,... and political issues. Here’s how to improve the odds of success.
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

Bubbles pop, downturns stop

– Economic downturns are impossible to predict and sure as sunrise. Build resilience now, because when the sun comes up, you’d better... be moving.

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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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Resilience and value: A CFO tool kit for withstanding shocks

– New research has identified a set of capabilities that allow an organization to repeatedly bounce back from setbacks or adapt... quickly to new trends. CFOs are supremely well placed to ensure that these “resilience assets” are in place.
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The diversity opportunity for new CEOs

– New McKinsey research has uncovered a fascinating correlation between gender diversity and corporate performance.
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Want better strategies? Become a bulletproof problem solver

– The value of creative and strategic thinkers capable of solving complex problems has never been higher.
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Active portfolio management: Interview with Andy West

– Senior partner Andy West discusses the latest trends in M&A in light of several recent high-profile divestitures.

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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 71

– 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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Embedding purpose: fewer slogans, more action

– If you had gone to sleep in 1981 and woken up last week, the latest statement from the Business Roundtable, an influential association... of US CEOs, on the purpose of the corporation would not surprise you.
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How to master the seven-step problem-solving process

– Structured problem solving can be used to address almost any complex challenge in business or public policy.
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

Bias busters: Getting both sides of the story

– How can the CEO break employees’ silence and get the critical input needed to make the right strategic moves?
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How customs agencies can help special economic zones succeed

– When agencies have a seat at the table and participate in areas such as governance and stakeholder relations, these zones have... the best chance of promoting economic growth.
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The hidden value of improved capital-expenditure management in pharma

– Pharmaceutical companies can reap huge rewards from the hundreds of smaller projects they manage, not just from the occasional... big one. Thinking about value, not just costs, is key.
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Three long-term trends changing business in China

– An aging population, automation, and the democratization of people’s jobs will be crucial factors for companies in China... to manage.
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Want better strategies? Become a bulletproof problem solver

– The value of creative and strategic thinkers capable of solving complex problems has never been higher.
Article

More than values: The value-based sustainability reporting that investors want

– Nonfinancial reports helped stimulate the growth of sustainable investing. Now investors are questioning current reporting practices—and... calling for changes that executives and board members must understand.
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Done deal? Why many large transactions fail to cross the finish line

– Our research shows that many large mergers and acquisitions are abandoned before closing because of value-creation, regulatory,... and political issues. Here’s how to improve the odds of success.
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M&A success, powered by advanced analytics

– As M&A activity and acquisition premiums hit historic highs, companies can use advanced analytics to increase value and accelerate... impact during integration.
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Creating high-performance innovation teams at scale

– For innovation initiatives to succeed, they must be staffed with the right combination of talent.
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