McKinsey on Finance Number 81

McKinsey on Finance, Number 81

Perspectives for CFOs and other finance leaders

Articles in this issue

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Getting strategy wrong—and how to do it right instead

– Too many companies equate strategy with hitting financial goals. They underestimate the difficulty—and the value—of the real thing.
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Playing offense to create value in the net-zero transition

– Decarbonization will reshape the economy, opening new markets and imperiling others. Now is the moment for companies to spot green growth opportunities and move boldly to take advantage.

The flip side of large M&A deals

– Research shows there is a 50-50 chance that companies pursuing large M&A deals will outperform industry peers. Here are the four actions executives can take to increase those odds.

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.

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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Bias Busters: When the crowd isn’t necessarily wise

– Leaders need to recognize herd mentality when it happens—and explore the contrarian view to help break the spell.

Looking back: Meet the new P/E normal, same as the old P/E normal

– Weighted average and median P/E ratios rarely diverge significantly—and when they do, the gap soon closes.

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