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McKinsey on Finance Number 69

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Bias busters: Pruning projects proactively

– Companies hang on too long to underperforming assets. Continual pruning can help them avoid significant losses.

Bias busters: Resisting the allure of ‘glamour’ projects

– Don’t starve maintenance projects of funds.

Solving the carve-out conundrum

– Acquiring an asset that may remain entangled with its parent company poses a different level of complexity in assessing potential value. Due diligence on three critical challenges can help.

Zero-based budgeting gets a second look

– Digitization is breathing new life into a ground-up budgeting approach that debuted in the 1960s. Here’s how CFOs and other business leaders can make it work in their own organizations.

‘Fast action’ in fast food: McDonald’s CFO on why the company is growing again

– Kevin Ozan became CFO of McDonald’s in 2015. Since then, the restaurant chain has had a string of successes. Here’s his take on what’s working, what’s not, and what’s next for the iconic brand.

The new CFO mandate: Prioritize, transform, repeat

– Amid a raft of new duties for CFOs, our survey suggests that finance leaders are well positioned to lead the C-suite agenda by championing transformations, digitization, and capability building.

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