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Mastering change: The new CFO mandate

New research shows that now is the time for finance leaders to lean into the evolution of their roles and reassert themselves as strategic partners and digital enablers to the business.
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Reports of corporates’ demise have been greatly exaggerated

– An analysis of 20 years of data on publicly traded companies and IPOs demonstrates that the drop-off in the number of listings... is less steep than pundits would have you believe.
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Which metrics really drive total returns to shareholders?

– McKinsey analysis of more than 2,200 large global companies reveals the importance of monitoring both economic-profit growth and... revenue growth.
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

How one approach to M&A is more likely to create value than all others

– Two decades of research show that, while large deals still have their place, programmatic M&A strategies continue to create... gains in excess total returns to shareholders, at lower levels of risk.
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

Strategy for a digital world

– A winning digital strategy requires new twists to familiar moves.
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Capital markets’ message to financial institutions: Differentiate or perish

– Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, investors have rewarded specialist financial institutions and universal banks making... bold portfolio moves.
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The coronavirus effect on global economic sentiment

– Executives’ sentiment on economic conditions continues to be positive, even as concerns mount—yet again—over... the pandemic’s threat to growth.
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What matters most? Five priorities for CEOs in the next normal

– How leaders can adapt to a very different future.
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Global Economics Intelligence executive summary, July 2021

– Industrial activity strengthens and consumer demand returns while inflation accelerates; the pandemic wave worsens significantly
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The postpandemic board agenda: Redefining corporate resilience

– As boards move beyond crisis management, survey results suggest that specific risks and organizational issues are increasingly... top of mind.
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Igniting your next growth business

– Growth outperformers prioritize expansion into business areas where they have a ‘natural ownership’ advantage.
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How executives can help sustain value creation for the long term

– Joint research from FCLTGlobal and McKinsey highlights the behaviors that can help corporate leaders and board directors sidestep... pressures and stay focused on the long term.
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Unlocking value through divestitures: Can Indian firms seize the moment?

– Divesting is a strategic capability that can add significant value. Indian companies that identify appropriate spin-offs and divestitures... and execute successfully can emerge stronger from the current crisis.

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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 Committed Innovator: A conversation with Loonshots author Safi Bahcall

– The entrepreneur and innovation adviser explains how to make bold innovations flourish.
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Agile business portfolio management

– Companies that regularly refresh their portfolios tend to outperform, but deciding when and how to divest a business may be the... most challenging part of M&A.
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Innovation—the launchpad out of the crisis

– How organizations can innovate their way into the postpandemic era.
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The making of a megadeal: Howard Ungerleider on the merger of Dow and DuPont

– The CFO of Dow shares his experience of leading one of the most complex mergers and spinouts in history.

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Cash Excellence

This collection of articles and videos explores how to enhance an organization’s performance and resilience through the... application of cash management best practices, mindsets, and capabilities.
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CEO perspectives

How do the best CEOs think and act? What wisdom can they share? Explore a special collection of CEO perspectives that touches... on everything from corporate strategy to personal working norms.
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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.
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Board governance

A collection of insights for corporate boards, CEOs, and executives to help improve board effectiveness including: board composition... and diversity, board processes, board strategy, talent and risk management, sustainability, and purpose.

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Boards, talent, and culture

– Boards need to ensure that management walks the talk on culture and values.
Report - McKinsey Global Institute

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.
Article

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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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.
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

How one approach to M&A is more likely to create value than all others

– Two decades of research show that, while large deals still have their place, programmatic M&A strategies continue to create... gains in excess total returns to shareholders, at lower levels of risk.
Article

Achieving win-win spin-offs

– By acknowledging and addressing four factors relating to execution and operations, ParentCo can separate from SpinCo in a way... that creates value for both.
Podcast

The Committed Innovator: A conversation with Loonshots author Safi Bahcall

– The entrepreneur and innovation adviser explains how to make bold innovations flourish.
Article

Global Economics Intelligence executive summary, September 2021

– Rapid growth and strong demand bump against pandemic-related disruptions; energy prices surge, but long-term inflation expectations... remain moderate.
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This time it’s personal: Shaping the ‘new possible’ through employee experience

– In an era of workplace upheaval, companies that create tailored, authentic experiences strengthen employee purpose, ignite energy,... and elevate organization-wide performance.
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Economic conditions outlook, September 2021

– Executives’ sentiment on economic conditions continues to be positive, even as concerns mount—yet again—over... the pandemic’s threat to growth.
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A playbook for newly minted private equity portfolio-company CEOs

– Unprecedented private equity deal flow means more leaders than ever are stepping into the portfolio-company CEO role. Here’s... guidance from the experts on the role’s unique challenges and demands.
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