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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 board’s role in embedding corporate purpose: Five actions directors can take today

– A large spotlight is shining on corporate actions these days, and all stakeholders have growing expectations. A board’s... involvement in defining purpose helps meet those expectations.
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Eight lessons on how to get the growth you planned

– Now is not the time to slow down. Growth initiatives are critical for value creation, even survival, throughout an economic cycle.
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Healthcare innovation: Building on gains made through the crisis

– Leaders should consider the lessons and achievements of the COVID-19 crisis in forging new innovation aspirations—and the... mechanisms needed to execute them.
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Deciding to divest? Make your preparation time count

– LiveRamp President and CFO Warren Jenson explains how all the up-front work companies do on communications, planning, and analysis... can boost the odds of success in separations.
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Are scenarios limiting your pandemic recovery strategy?

– Parametric analysis can help finance chiefs expand their views of important variables for planning and decision making.
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The coronavirus effect on global economic sentiment

– Since September, executives have maintained more positive than negative outlooks for the world economy, national economies, and... their own companies.
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Four ways to assess projects and keep them on track

– Biases can lead executives to misjudge project potential, ignore pitfalls, and let failures fester. Here is how to make better... decisions.
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Why ‘digital’ is no different when it comes to valuation

– Whether tech-enabled or old-school, proposed projects and initiatives need to be assessed according to the cash flows they generate.... The trick is getting the base case right.

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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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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: Culture in M&A

– Why assessing the cultural fit cannot be an afterthought in deal making
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Laxman Narasimhan, CEO of Reckitt Benckiser, on corporate purpose during a crisis

– Reckitt Benckiser’s CEO reflects on his experience transitioning into the leadership role and driving strategic change during... the global pandemic.
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The committed innovator: An interview with Salesforce’s Simon Mulcahy

– The cloud software provider’s executive vice president and chief innovation officer discusses how Salesforce’s innovation... process creates distinctive buying experiences.
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The committed innovator: An interview with Kellogg’s Nigel Hughes

– With more people eating at home than in the past 150 years, food companies have an opportunity. Nigel Hughes, head of R&D... and Innovation at Kellogg Company, discusses ways to capture it.

The Strategy & Corporate Finance blog

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

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McKinsey Global Economics Intelligence

Provides macroeconomic data and analysis of the world economy
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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 74

– Perspectives on Corporate Finance and Strategy

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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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The innovation commitment

– To catalyze breakthrough growth, leaders must set bold aspirations, make tough choices, and mobilize resources at scale.
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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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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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The board’s role in embedding corporate purpose: Five actions directors can take today

– A large spotlight is shining on corporate actions these days, and all stakeholders have growing expectations. A board’s... involvement in defining purpose helps meet those expectations.
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Resilience in a crisis: An interview with Professor Edward I. Altman

– One of the leading researchers in corporate financial health discusses what executives can do to help their companies endure the... financial stresses of crisis times.
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The future of payments is frictionless—now more than ever

– Amrita Ahuja, the CFO of Square, explains how the company’s payment platform and services have helped small enterprises... stay afloat during the COVID-19 crisis.
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

Closing the capability gap in the time of COVID-19

– Building capabilities that durably change workforce behaviors has never been easy, and the pandemic has made it harder. But some... organizations have found approaches to thrive in recovery and beyond.
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When do you need a chief restructuring officer?

– When external shocks rock the business, a chief restructuring officer brings a specialized skill set to restructure the balance... sheet.
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The case for stakeholder capitalism

– Consumers and society at large are expecting more from business. Embracing these responsibilities can help shareholders, too.
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Divesting with agility

– Research shows that active, efficient reallocation of resources creates better returns for companies than simply standing pat... does. Here’s how to make portfolio decisions faster.
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