McKinsey Global Surveys

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

Since 2004, McKinsey Publishing’s Global Survey team has polled our panel of thousands of executives and managers to generate new and distinctive insights on today’s critical business topics. The findings from our surveys help business leaders to understand best practices, compare their companies’ ways of working and performance with a global benchmark, and make informed and effective decisions.

Our Latest Survey Research

The coronavirus effect on global economic sentiment

– Executives’ views on the global economy have tempered, but expectations remain largely positive.

Managing change and uncertainty

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The postpandemic board agenda: Redefining corporate resilience

– As boards move beyond crisis management, survey results suggest that specific risks and organizational issues are increasingly top of mind.
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The new digital edge: Rethinking strategy for the postpandemic era

– Our latest survey confirms that the future will belong to companies that put technology at the center of their outlook, capabilities, and leadership mandate.
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Building workforce skills at scale to thrive during—and after—the COVID-19 crisis

– A new survey shows that skill building is becoming common practice, social and emotional skills are in demand, and there’s a recipe for successful skill transformations.
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How boards have risen to the COVID-19 challenge, and what’s next

– According to a new survey, the COVID-19 crisis has accelerated operational changes and stronger collaboration between directors and management that are key to a board’s success.

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Nine scenarios for the COVID-19 economy

– Learn more about potential economic outcomes of the COVID-19 crisis and how global executives rate the likelihood of each one.

Economic sentiment

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Economic conditions outlook, June 2021

– Executives’ overall views on the economy continue to improve. As more and more economies are recovering from the pandemic, perceptions of potential risks are evolving.
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Economic conditions outlook, March 2021

– In a new global survey, executives see positive momentum building in the economy. But the pandemic still persists as an outsize risk to growth.
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Economic conditions outlooks, 2020

– See how executives’ views on economic conditions and their companies’ prospects evolved throughout 2020.
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Economic conditions outlooks, 2019

– See how executives’ views on economic conditions and their companies’ prospects evolved throughout 2019.

Technology trends

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Seven lessons on how technology transformations can deliver value

– Our annual IT strategy survey shows how technology investments are proving their worth, especially at companies making more tech-based changes and bridging more of the technology-business divide.
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The state of AI in 2020

– Our 2020 AI survey shows artificial intelligence has become more of a revenue driver. Companies earning the most from AI plan to invest in it more in response to COVID-19.
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The imperatives for automation success

– New survey findings show that organizations that successfully automate business processes follow a few common practices.
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How COVID-19 has pushed companies over the technology tipping point—and transformed business forever

– A new survey finds that responses to COVID-19 have speeded the adoption of digital technologies by several years—and that many of these changes could be here for the long haul.

People in focus

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Rethink capabilities to emerge stronger from COVID-19

– In a new survey, leaders say the pandemic has alerted them to the urgency of getting learning programs right. Yet companies are falling short in delivering outcomes, and executives can do more to support capability-building efforts.
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Psychological safety and the critical role of leadership development

– While the benefits of psychological safety are well established, a new survey suggests how leaders, by developing specific skills, can create a safer and higher-performance work environment.
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Understanding organizational barriers to a more inclusive workplace

– Survey results show that many employees do not feel fully included at work and want their organizations to do more to advance inclusion and diversity. To do so, companies can address four factors.
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Beyond hiring: How companies are reskilling to address talent gaps

– As potential skill shortages loom, a survey finds that many companies are using multiple tactics to close gaps and that reskilling efforts are paying off.

MORE INSIGHTS

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The impact of agility: How to shape your organization to compete

– Insights from over 2,000 global respondents reveal the recipe for an agile transformation that delivers real business impact.
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How companies capture the value of sustainability: Survey findings

– What makes the difference between a sustainability program that produces business value and one that doesn’t? A new survey identifies practices that distinguish value-creating companies from others.
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The pivotal factors for effective external engagement

– Survey results show that senior leaders have increasingly prioritized stakeholder engagement, which remains a challenge for many companies. Certain capabilities distinguish companies that have met the challenge.
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How to restart your stalled digital transformation

– Most digital initiatives sputter before they take full effect. A new survey finds that organizations stand a good chance of recovering lost momentum because slowdowns typically happen for reasons within their control.
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Managing the fallout from technology transformations

– Companies may be postponing further evolution of their technology organizations, a survey finds. Yet they should take heart: investing in these changes will likely pay off—and may be nothing short of essential to their competitiveness in the future.
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The ESG premium: New perspectives on value and performance

– In a new survey, executives and investment professionals largely agree that environmental, social, and governance programs create short- and long-term value—though perceptions of how have changed over the past decade.
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Global AI Survey: AI proves its worth, but few scale impact

– Most companies report measurable benefits from AI where it has been deployed; however, much work remains to scale impact, manage risks, and retrain the workforce. A group of high performers shows the way.
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Practice makes perfect: What sets programmatic acquirers apart

– While there is no shortcut to outperformance in deal making, a new survey finds that expert acquirers take a different approach to strategy, deal execution, and integration.
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Catch them if you can: How leaders in data and analytics have pulled ahead

– As data and analytics transform industries at an ever-quicker pace, the strategies and organizational cultures of leading companies offer others a road map for success.
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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.
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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.
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Josh Rosenfield is an executive editor in McKinsey’s New York office, where Daniella Seiler is a senior editor. Heather Hanselman is an associate editor in the Atlanta office.