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The drumbeat of digital: How winning teams play
 

Pace and power go hand in hand for digital leaders, which typically run four times faster and pull critical strategic levers two times harder than other companies do.
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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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Is a leverage reckoning coming?

– Not yet. Despite rising corporate-debt levels, research shows companies can cover their obligations for now. But they should prepare... for a possible downturn by stress-testing their capital structure.
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How to move fast: Innovation at speed and scale

– Leading start-ups innovate, go to market, and scale quickly with limited resources. What can large companies learn from the start-up... playbook?
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

Short-term pain for long-term gain: The new CEO’s dilemma

– CEOs who pivot to a longer view of health and performance make the right moves for their companies, though it’s sometimes... their successors who reap the rewards.
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

Bias busters: Premortems: Being smart at the start

– Conducting a premortem can help teams anticipate project failure—and head it off at the pass.
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Economic Conditions Snapshot, March 2019: McKinsey Global Survey results

– Respondents report an overall wary economic outlook and are increasingly concerned over trade. Yet there are signs of optimism... among emerging economies and for companies’ prospects.
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How to resist the allure of ‘glamour’ projects

– Shiny new initiatives can distract you from paying attention to other valuable but mundane projects and investments.
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Fielding high-performing innovation teams

– Innovation is a team sport. For projects to succeed, they must be staffed with the right combination of talent. Here is how to... ensure your initiatives have the players they need to win.

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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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The evolution of the CFO

– CFOs are playing an increasingly pivotal role in driving change in their companies. How should they balance their traditional... responsibilities with the new CFO mandate?
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How to move fast: Innovation at speed and scale

– Leading start-ups innovate, go to market, and scale quickly with limited resources. What can large companies learn from the start-up... playbook?
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The pros and cons of activist investors

– Management teams that engage positively with attackers may find activist campaigns bring ideas that create value and improve shareholder... performance.

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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 70

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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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Asia’s future is now

– Asia is on track to top 50 percent of global GDP by 2040 and drive 40 percent of the world’s consumption, representing a... real shift in the world’s center of gravity.
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

Repeat performance: The continuing case for programmatic M&A

– 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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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.
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

Admit it, your investments are stuck in neutral

– New research shows that companies that know how to shift critical resources where and when they’re needed share common traits.... Rigor is the first one.
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

The secret ingredient of successful big deals: Organizational health

– Creating value from a merger is not easy. Acquirers that get it right start with an overlooked advantage: a healthy organization.
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Traditional company, new businesses: The pairing that can ensure an incumbent’s survival

– To guard against disruption, established companies should launch new businesses that have start-up–like freedom—along... with access to advantages that start-ups usually lack.
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

The drumbeat of digital: How winning teams play

– Pace and power go hand in hand for digital leaders, which typically run four times faster and pull critical strategic levers two... times harder than other companies do.
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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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How to win in insurance: Climbing the power curve

– A small group of winners captures much of the economic profit in the insurance industry. New research quantifies just how far... ahead the leaders are—and what other insurers can do to catch up.
Podcast - McKinsey Global Institute

Globalization’s next chapter

– Globalization isn’t in retreat, but it has morphed into a very different phenomenon, increasingly powered by trade in services... and by intraregional trade.
Interview - McKinsey Quarterly

Compound growth at MilliporeSigma

– CEO Udit Batra describes what it took to fuse two vibrant R&D organizations, as well as the business value realized from their... integration.
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