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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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Global Economics Intelligence executive summary, June 2021

– As the global economy emerges from the worst of the pandemic, strong growth returns, accompanied by inflation.
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Don’t overthink your approach to valuation in emerging markets

– The risks of investing in emerging markets are real, but it’s not necessary to amplify them by adding an extra risk premium... to the cost of capital. Standard valuation principles still apply. Here’s why.
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Why retail outperformers are pulling ahead

– Retailers’ relative performance in capital markets starkly demonstrates a pandemic-driven acceleration of ongoing industry... shifts. This means those that wish to keep up need to speed up.
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Why your COVID-19 exit needs ‘strategy inserts’

– Targeted updates to your strategy can help you fight incrementalism and hit the right “escape velocity” for recovering... from the COVID-19 pandemic.
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How boards can help digital transformations

– Boards can add value to their business’s digital transformation in five specific areas.
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Beyond the pandemic: Eight charts on COVID-19 and the next phase of global economic growth

– Can the world economy regain more than it lost?
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Looking beyond the pandemic: Could the world economy gain more than it lost to COVID-19?

– Safeguarding lives and livelihoods in the next phase could usher in an age of health and prosperity.

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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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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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Boards, talent, and culture

– Boards need to ensure that management walks the talk on culture and values.
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Michelle Gass of Kohl’s on shifting from survival to growth

– The CEO of the US retailer describes how the COVID-19 disruption helped refocus the chain’s strategy.

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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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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

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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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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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.
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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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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 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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What matters most? Five priorities for CEOs in the next normal

– How leaders can adapt to a very different future.
Article

In banking, location is everything again—for now

– With growth diverging again in emerging versus developed economies, banks need to remap their market strategy.
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Boards, talent, and culture

– Boards need to ensure that management walks the talk on culture and values.
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Winning formula: How Europe’s top tech start-ups get it right

– We studied Europe’s top 1,000 start-ups to learn how they succeed in the region’s fragmented value pool and found... the answers lie in four distinct strategic plays.
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Africa’s plan for a continent-wide pandemic recovery

– Dr. John Nkengasong, director of Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), explains what’s needed... to tackle COVID-19 across the continent.
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How Hamilton stayed alive during the pandemic: An interview with producer Jeffrey Seller

– “I’m looking at theater over the course of the next generation. And ensuring that theater is accessible to the many,... not just the few.”
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Organizing for sustainability success: Where, and how, leaders can start

– As sustainability becomes more of a strategic and operational imperative, executives must lead the way to set up a sustainability... organization that’s right for their companies.
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