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Five Fifty: The lifecycle of a CEO

– A CEO’s job starts out tough—and then gets tougher. Here’s advice for the early, middle, and late stages of... a CEO’s tenure.
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A time for boards to act

– According to a new survey, directors see good operations and effective execution of key board activities linking with stronger... self-reported performance, suggesting that value can flow from improving the way boards work.
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How CFOs can better support board directors—and vice versa

– Governing boards face increasing pressure and greater scrutiny from investors. Here is how CFOs can reinforce their stewardship.

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Economic Conditions Snapshot, March 2018: McKinsey Global Survey results

– Global respondents see trade-policy changes as rising risks to growth, and those in developed economies report a more cautious... outlook overall than their emerging-economy peers.
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Five Fifty: Activists at the gate

– How do you know a corporate board is effective? Look to the number of activist investors it attracts.
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Transforming the culture of managing working capital

– A thousand everyday decisions can dramatically increase the cash needed to run a large business. Taking advantage requires... a cultural shift.

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McKinsey on Finance, Number 65

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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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McKinsey Quarterly 2018 Number 1: Overview and full issue

– This issue of the Quarterly, available here as a PDF download, shows how companies can unlock big strategic moves to... boost their odds of success, why competing in the digital age demands an agile organization, and how to navigate advances in artificial intelligence.
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How to confront uncertainty in your strategy

– Lack of certainty about the future is the very reason you need a strategy. Instead, embrace probability.
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Behavioral science in business: Nudging, debiasing, and managing the irrational mind

– Behavioral science has become a hot topic in companies and organizations trying to address the biases that drive day-to-day decisions... and actions.
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Petrochemicals 2030: Reinventing the way to win in a changing industry

– Location has been the key to success in petrochemicals: playing in emerging markets and accessing cheap feedstock. As the industry... shifts, companies will have to work harder on core capabilities and strategy.
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Shaking up the leadership model in higher education

– Economic pressures, digital disruption, and rising job complexity are prompting universities to seek more “outsider”... leaders for their top jobs.
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Accelerating the diffusion of technology-enabled business practices

– New research highlights some of the most important actions available to executives.
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Why you need a CTO—and how to make her successful

– Feeling unprepared for technical disruption? A well-structured role for a chief technology officer is a first line of defense.
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The future of healthcare: Finding the opportunities that lie beneath the uncertainty

– Healthcare is a dynamic industry with significant opportunity, but cost concerns, uncertainty, and complexity can also make it... an unnerving one. Substantial upside exists for players that can deliver value-creating solutions and thrive under uncertainty.
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Working across many cultures at Western Union

– The CEO of the global money-transfer company explains how it brings in the multicultural voice of the consumer through a broadly... diverse team of top executives.
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Looking behind the numbers for US stock indexes

– Record-high equity markets are prompting worries that stocks are overpriced. But a closer look finds that the market’s current... value may not seem so extreme.
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Bots, algorithms, and the future of the finance function

– Automation and artificial intelligence are poised to reshape the finance function. Knowing what to automate and managing... the disruption can lead to a new era of productivity and performance.
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How to know when better profit margins aren’t better for your company

– At some point, cost cutting and higher prices can hinder growth and destroy value. 
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Managing M&A in chemicals: Meeting the new challenges

– The chemical industry is seeing a record level of M&A, higher multiples, and growing activist-investor activity. Chemical... companies must strengthen their M&A and integration capabilities to ensure they create value in this environment.
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How pharma can accelerate business impact from advanced analytics

– Savvy pharma companies follow these five principles to scale analytics and improve their bottom line.
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Delivering growth: M&A in medical technology

– Medical-technology companies continue to rely on M&A for growth. How solid is your approach?
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What you need to know about working for a Chinese company

– Foreign executives working for Chinese bosses at Chinese businesses sometimes encounter challenges they don’t anticipate.

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