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Digital strategy: The four fights you have to win

– Yesterday’s tentative approaches won’t deliver; you need absolute clarity about digital’s demands, galvanized... leadership, unparalleled agility, and the resolve to bet boldly.
Podcast

How to take the measure of innovation

– By combining two simple metrics, companies can gain valuable insights into their innovation performance.
Podcast

Demystifying AI and machine learning for executives

– In this interview, Tamim Saleh cuts through the hype around artificial intelligence with guidance for executives about where and... how to employ AI in their businesses.
Podcast

Building gender diversity on boards

– McKinsey senior partner Celia Huber explains how companies can build and benefit from gender diversity on boards.

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Corporate Finance

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What’s behind the pharmaceutical sector’s M&A push

– There are lessons for other industries in the way pharma companies use mergers to innovate, work more efficiently, and bolster... product portfolios.
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

Bias busters: Taking the ‘outside view’

– Using a reference class can help executives gain much-needed perspective to inform their decision making.
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

Bias busters: Being objective about budgets

– Anchoring bias can hold back the budgeting process, influencing your targets despite your best efforts. Address it and refocus... difficult conversations.
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Economic Conditions Snapshot, September 2018: McKinsey Global Survey results

– Respondents express declining optimism on the economy, especially in emerging markets. The United States gains more attention... as a destination for new business opportunities.

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McKinsey on Finance, Number 67

– Perspectives on Corporate Finance and Strategy
Global theme

Strategy in a digital age

How to develop corporate and business-unit strategies in a digitally disrupted world.
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The Board Perspective - Number 2

– A collection of McKinsey insights focusing on boards of directors

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Inside the strategy room: One CEO’s approach

– Deanna Mulligan, president and CEO of Guardian Life Insurance, reflects on how she approaches strategy planning in an industry... with strong headwinds.
Article

Going, going, gone: A quicker way to divest assets

– Speedy separations create more value than those that lumber along, our research finds. Preparation is the key.
Interview

Bringing an animal health business into the fold

– Two senior Boehringer Ingelheim executives, Joachim Hasenmaier and Felix Gutsche, discuss the global pharmaceutical company’s... deal with Sanofi to acquire its animal health business.
Video

The rise of ecosystems and platforms: What role can insurers play and how can they get started?

– In this video, McKinsey senior partner Johannes-Tobias Lorenz introduces the concept of digital ecosystems and discusses the roles... insurers can play in them.
Interactive - McKinsey Quarterly

Five Fifty: Funding follies

– You've got yourself a high-performing business. So why is it starving for resources?
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Equipping leaders for merger integration success

– Leadership capability building is crucial during mergers. Tailoring a program for three cohorts of integration leaders can make... a big difference.
Article

Public cloud in China: Big challenges, big upside

– A recent McKinsey survey provides new insight into the promising public-cloud market in China.
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Memo to the CFO: Get in front of digital finance—or get left back

– Companies are still in the early stages of applying digital technologies to finance processes in ways that will create more efficiencies,... insights, and value over the long term. Here is how the CFO can lead the way.
Survey

Economic Conditions Snapshot, June 2018: McKinsey Global Survey results

– Respondents’ views on economic conditions and growth prospects have tempered. Meanwhile, trade-related changes have become... ever more pressing risks to domestic, global, and company growth.
Interactive - McKinsey Quarterly

Five Fifty: The coming boom

– The global economy could be on the cusp of a productivity boom—and big opportunities for companies.
Article

Blockchain beyond the hype: What is the strategic business value?

– Companies can determine whether they should invest in blockchain by focusing on specific use cases and their market position.
Discussion Paper - McKinsey Global Institute

Rising corporate debt: Peril or promise?

– Corporate bond issuance has increased 2.5 times over the past ten years, creating a broader and deeper market in many countries.... But there are rising risks.
Interactive - McKinsey Global Institute

Visualizing global debt

– See how the debt of 51 countries has evolved since 2000 in an interactive data visualization.
Podcast

Leading for the long term

– Successful CEOs combine winning strategies with compelling stories and constructive engagement with shareholders.
Interactive - McKinsey Quarterly

Five fifty: Real-world AI

– Unsure where or how AI applies to your company? McKinsey Global Institute found over 400 real-life examples where AI can improve... longstanding business challenges.
Issue - McKinsey Quarterly

McKinsey Quarterly 2018 Number 2: Overview and full issue

– This issue of the Quarterly, available here as a PDF download, asks what it takes to lead a people-first organization,... shows how senior executives can get more comfortable with complexity, and explores digital tools to link top talent with a company’s strategic opportunities.
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