Business Resilience

In the face of a crisis or economic slowdown, resilient organizations ride out uncertainty instead of being overpowered by it.
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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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Meeting the future: Dynamic risk management for uncertain times

– The world is changing in fundamental ways, leading to dramatic shifts in the landscape of risks faced by businesses.
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Strengthening institutional risk and integrity culture

– Many of the costliest risk and integrity failures have cultural weaknesses at their core. Here is how leading institutions are... strengthening their culture and sustaining the change.
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When nothing is normal: Managing in extreme uncertainty

– In this uniquely severe global crisis, leaders need new operating models to respond quickly to the rapidly shifting environment... and sustain their organizations through the trials ahead.
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The emerging resilients: Achieving ‘escape velocity’

– The experience of the fast movers out of the last recession teaches leaders emerging from this one to take thoughtful actions... to balance growth, margins, and optionality.
Article - McKinsey Global Institute

COVID-19 and climate change expose dangers of unstable supply chains

– With the world undergoing its second “once in a generation” disruption in 12 years, a reappraisal of supply chains is in order.
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Derisking AI by design: How to build risk management into AI development

– The compliance and reputational risks of artificial intelligence pose a challenge to traditional risk-management functions. Derisking... by design can help.
Report - McKinsey Global Institute

Risk, resilience, and rebalancing in global value chains

– Companies need an understanding of their exposure, vulnerabilities, and potential losses to inform resilience strategies.
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

Bubbles pop, downturns stop

– Economic downturns are impossible to predict and sure as sunrise. Build resilience now, because when the sun comes up, you’d better... be moving.

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Coronavirus: Leading Through the Crisis

Insights on how organizations can respond, and what happens next

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Staying resilient during an economic downturn

While the last downturn was severe, a group of companies we've called "resilients" flourished. How did they do it?

Featured Podcasts

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COVID-19 and supply-chain recovery: Planning for the future

– Rarely have supply-chain leaders faced more complex, changing conditions than they have during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here’s... how companies can manage through the crisis and build resilience against future shocks.
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COVID-19: Strategies for getting ahead of the pandemic crisis

– Even as organizations focus on the immediate business shocks, they need to plan for the postcrisis world. Here is how to respond... to a disruption for which there are no playbooks.
Podcast - McKinsey Quarterly

Preparing for and managing through a downturn

– As talk of an impending economic downturn takes hold in the business world, executives can take thoughtful steps to help their... companies better weather the storm.

Industry perspectives

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How retailers can build resilience ahead of a recession

– Recent history shows how retailers can prepare for a downturn to create competitive advantage.
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Resilience in transport and logistics

– The transportation-and-logistics sector is especially susceptible to economic shocks. Here’s how to prepare your operations... for a smoother ride.
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Down but not out: How automakers can create value in an uncertain future

– After delivering record profits in 2017, global automakers have faced several challenges over the past 12 months. Can the industry... find a sustainable path to value creation in this disruptive environment?
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Beating the cycle: Building resilience in chemicals

– Economic downturns take their toll—and chemical companies are no exception. Our research finds companies that increased resilience... in the last downturn made bold moves.
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Resilience in TMT: Winning in downturns

– Economic downturns hold substantial opportunities for companies in the technology, media, and telecommunications (TMT) sector.... By starting now to build an action plan and execute no-regret moves, companies can put themselves on a path to emerge resilient through the next slowdown.
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Recession and resilience: Preparing healthcare leaders for the next economic downturn

– Economic ebbs and flows are called “cycles” for a reason. The challenge for healthcare leaders is not whether the... next downturn will occur—it’s whether you’re ready for it.

Related Insights

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The secret to unlocking hidden value in the balance sheet

– For many companies, managing financial resources is a challenge. But combining analytics with a holistic approach to balance sheet management can help capture the opportunity and improve performance.
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A primer in resilience: A conversation with Kevin Carmody

– Having a resilience plan in place can set a company apart from its competitors while simultaneously improving cash flow and strengthening the balance sheet.
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A primer in resilience: Maximizing value beyond earnings

– Empowering the finance organization to take decisive action to strengthen the balance sheet is critical to achieving organizational resilience.
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Value and resilience through better risk management

– In a risk environment that is growing more perilous and costly, boards need to help steer their companies toward resilience and value by embedding strategic risk capabilities throughout the organization.
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Building board-management dynamics to withstand a crisis: Addressing the fault lines

– Crises can strain relationships at the top of organizations to the breaking point. Improving the dynamics between board members and senior executives can make recovery from crisis more successful.
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

Are you prepared for a corporate crisis?

– No one can predict when disaster will strike—but knowing what to expect if it does will buy precious time.