Skip to main content

McKinsey Global Surveys

Conducting research with global executives on the pressing business, economic, and management issues they face.

Our Latest Survey Research

Decision making in the age of urgency

– Decision making takes up a lot of time, much of it used ineffectively. New survey results offer lessons for making quick, high-quality decisions that support outperformance.

Analytics, automation, and AI

Survey

AI adoption advances, but foundational barriers remain

– Survey respondents report the rapid adoption of AI and expect only a minimal effect on head count. Yet few companies have in place the foundational building blocks that enable AI to generate value at scale.
Survey

The automation imperative

– As many organizations move to build their automation capabilities, recent survey results suggest that certain best practices will differentiate successful efforts from others.
Survey

Fueling growth through data monetization

– A new survey finds that many companies are launching data-focused businesses. But few have achieved significant financial impact, which requires the right combination of strategy, culture, and organization.
Survey

The need to lead in data and analytics

– In a new survey, executives say senior-leader involvement and the right organizational structure are critical factors in how successful a company’s analytics efforts are, even more important than its technical capabilities or tools.

Organizational Change

Survey

Unlocking success in digital transformations

– Digital transformations are even more difficult than traditional change efforts to pull off. But the results from the most effective transformations point to five factors for success.
Survey

How the implementation of organizational change is evolving

– Digital solutions pose new and unique challenges to the implementation of major change efforts. But the capabilities that support... better outcomes remain as critical as ever, a new survey shows.
Survey

How to create an agile organization

– Transforming companies to achieve organizational agility is in its early days but already yielding positive returns. While the... paths can vary, survey findings suggest how to start.
Survey

The people power of transformations

– A new survey suggests that for their transformations to succeed, organizations need employee buy-in at all levels, consistent... communication, and better people strategies.

Digital

Survey

Five moves to make during a digital transformation

– Surveyed executives confirm that digital transformations rarely achieve success. But in those that do lie the structural elements that may help organizations overcome the odds.
Survey

A winning operating model for digital strategy

– Digital is driving major changes in how companies set and execute strategy. New survey results point to four elements that top... performers include in their digital-strategy operating model.
Survey

Can IT rise to the digital challenge?

– To keep up with core tasks and meet the demands of breakneck digital innovation, the IT function will have to step up and make... meaningful changes, especially to its workforce, according to new survey findings.
Survey

How digital reinventors are pulling away from the pack

– As digitization progresses, incumbents competing in new, digital ways are already outperforming those that continue to operate... traditionally, a new survey finds.

Talent and leadership

Survey

The new CFO mandate: Prioritize, transform, repeat

– Amid a raft of new duties for CFOs, our survey suggests that finance leaders are well positioned to lead the C-suite agenda by... championing transformations, digitization, and capability building.
Survey

Winning with your talent-management strategy

– Three best practices for managing and allocating talent support better business performance, according to a new survey.
Survey

Ascending to the C-suite

– A new McKinsey survey finds that executives who move effectively into the C-suite are communicating priorities, valuing their... teams, spending time on culture, and understanding their unique leadership role.
Survey

Moving mind-sets on gender diversity

– To ensure that corporate culture supports—not hinders—the ability of women to reach top management, companies must address mind-sets... and develop a more inclusive, holistic diversity agenda.

Economic conditions

Survey

Economic Conditions Snapshot, March 2019: McKinsey Global Survey results

– Respondents report an overall wary economic outlook and are increasingly concerned over trade. Yet there are signs of optimism... among emerging economies and for companies’ prospects.
Survey

Economic Conditions Snapshot, December 2018: McKinsey Global Survey results

– Executives report the least-positive views on economic conditions—at home and in the world economy—that they have... all year.
Survey

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.
Article

What executives think about the economy: 2004 to now

– This continually updated interactive tracks how executives around the world have viewed economic conditions and the economic prospects... of their companies, and how those views have differed over time and across industries, regions, and types of company.

MORE INSIGHTS

Survey

Rethinking the African business opportunity

– Hopes are high for Africa’s long-term growth, driven by technology and basic services rather than resources. Survey respondents... in Africa report more optimism—and better business practices—than peers elsewhere.
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.
Survey

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.
Survey

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.
Survey

Economic Conditions Snapshot, December 2017: McKinsey Global Survey results

– Respondents’ economic optimism and confidence in their companies’ prospects reach a year-long high, though overinflated... asset prices are a growing concern.
Survey

Sustainability’s deepening imprint

– Companies are more active than ever in pursuing sustainability to align with values and engage stakeholders, a new survey shows.... To see financial returns, though, integrating sustainability into core functions is key.
Survey

Economic Conditions Snapshot, September 2017: McKinsey Global Survey results

– At the country level, economic optimism has reached a six-year high in our latest survey. Globally, concerns over geopolitics... and asset bubbles are on the rise.
Survey

Mastering three strategies of organic growth

– Organic growth is key to companies’ futures. According to survey results, the best firms follow more than one path to achieve... it and also are better at developing the right capabilities to support it.
Survey

IT’s future value proposition

– Many executives expect IT will play a growing role in driving business results, according to a new survey. For that to happen,... CIOs must broaden their profiles and prove IT’s effectiveness in areas such as digital and innovation.
Survey - McKinsey Global Institute

Advanced social technologies and the future of collaboration

– The next generation of social technologies is beginning to transform the way people communicate and work with each other, according... to a new survey.
Survey

Economic Conditions Snapshot, June 2017: McKinsey Global Survey results

– Global executives see geopolitical issues as a rising risk to growth, but they remain more buoyant than downbeat in their outlook... for both the global and domestic economies.
Sorry, we couldn't find any results. Try removing some filters.