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How effective boards approach technology governance

As technology’s strategic importance to the business expands, management needs stronger board guidance. Four engagement models have proven useful.
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The coronavirus effect on global economic sentiment

– In the latest survey, inflation and geopolitical conflicts remain the top perceived economic risks, while concerns about energy... volatility predominate in Europe.
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Economic conditions outlook, September 2022

– In stormy weather, survey respondents maintain realism about the global economy. While geopolitical conflicts and inflation remain... top of mind, concerns about energy volatility predominate in Europe.
Report - McKinsey Global Institute

Securing Europe’s competitiveness: Addressing its technology gap

– Even amid war in Europe and the energy and cost of living crisis that has resulted, the region needs to pay attention to its slow-motion... corporate and technology crisis.
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Global Economics Intelligence executive summary, August 2022

– Growth moderates globally in an inflationary environment; the US Federal Reserve emphasizes its tightening course; Europe faces... near-term energy volatility.
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Strategic courage in an age of volatility

– Today’s challenging environment requires business leaders to hone their edge in three critical areas: insights, commitment, and... execution.
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How can CFOs rebrand themselves as innovation allies?

– They can take five actions to improve objective-setting, performance measurement, and cultural factors associated with successful... innovation projects.
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Five ways to increase your board’s long-term impact

– Directors are spending more time on their work, yet few say their boards are better at creating long-term value. Survey data highlight... the operating models that correlate most with value creation.
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Global Economics Intelligence executive summary, June 2022

– High energy prices stoke inflation; central banks chart tightening course; supply challenges persist and industry struggles to... meet demand.
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How capital expenditure management can drive performance

– Want to reduce project costs and timelines while increasing returns? Undertake a top-to-bottom reassessment of your capital investments... at every stage of the life cycle.
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Three new mandates for capturing a digital transformation’s full value

– Most organizations achieve less than one-third of the impact they expected from recent digital investments. What can companies... learn from the best performers about how to beat the odds today?
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Fear factor: Overcoming human barriers to innovation

– Worries about failure, criticism, and career impact hold back many people from embracing innovation. Here’s how to create... a culture that accounts for the human side of innovation.
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Global Economics Intelligence executive summary, May 2022

– Central banks move against inflation; US industry expands while China’s economy contracts amid COVID-19 measures; supply... challenges persist.

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Four front-foot strategies to help create value in the net-zero transition

– Companies can identify green growth opportunities and move boldly to take advantage of them.
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Does your idea have the ‘voltage’ to scale?

– Economist John List discusses the science of determining whether a product or service can become a blockbuster.
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Charles Lowrey on putting purpose at the heart of Prudential Financial’s transformation

– The chairman and CEO of Prudential Financial talks about what it takes to keep a transformation on track.
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Voices of CEO excellence: Morgan Stanley’s James Gorman

– The chair and CEO of the financial services giant explains how he reshaped the firm in the wake of the financial crisis.
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MassMutual’s Roger Crandall on disrupting your own industry

– The long-time CEO of the US insurer reflects on the changes in the industry, the risk environment, and the CEO role.
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The path to sustainable and inclusive growth

– Can collaboration between business, government, and society spur economic growth that benefits everyone without destroying the... planet?
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The role of the board in preparing for extraordinary risk

– Risks that threaten a company’s existence require unique interventions from the board.
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Programmatic M&A: Winning in the new normal

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The coronavirus effect on global economic sentiment

– In the latest survey, inflation and geopolitical conflicts remain the top perceived economic risks, while concerns about energy... volatility predominate in Europe.
Report - McKinsey Global Institute

The rise and rise of the global balance sheet: How productively are we using our wealth?

– Net worth has tripled since 2000, but the increase mainly reflects valuation gains in real assets, especially real estate, rather... than investment in productive assets that drive our economies.
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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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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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Survey results: Expectations for company performance, by industry

– Across industries, only respondents working in energy and materials and financial services report more upbeat expectations for... their companies’ profits or demand for their goods or services than in the previous survey.
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Looking back: What does the ‘long term’ really mean?

– Stock markets can be volatile, and some years they decline. But the ups far outnumber the downs—and returns are in line with two... centuries of performance.
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‘If you’re going to build something from scratch, this might be as good a time as in a decade’

– In the second episode of our series The Quarterly Interview: Provocations to Ponder, venture capitalist Bill Gurley explains... the promise and perils facing start-ups at a moment of economic uncertainty and reveals why hybrid work may be the most interesting technology of all.
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To slow down attrition, pay closer attention to what workers really need

– The Great Attrition continues, but if companies understand the differences among five common employee personas, they may be able... to find and retain talent more effectively.
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