McKinsey Global Surveys

McKinsey Global Surveys

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

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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.

Managing change and uncertainty

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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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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.
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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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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 Snapshot, September 2020: McKinsey Global Survey results

– Executives are more hopeful about the economy—and their own companies’ performance—than they have been since the COVID-19 crisis began. Yet, operational and employment challenges remain.
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The coronavirus effect on global economic sentiment

– Since September, executives have maintained more positive than negative outlooks for the world economy, national economies, and their own companies.
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Economic Conditions Snapshot, June 2020: McKinsey Global Survey results

– A new survey confirms COVID-19’s historic effects on the economy and on businesses. While executives report new risks to growth, their overall outlook for the future continues to improve.
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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.

Technology trends

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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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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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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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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.

People in focus

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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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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.
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Winning with your talent-management strategy

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

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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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Economic Conditions Snapshot, March 2020: McKinsey Global Survey results

– As the coronavirus outbreak unfolded at the beginning of March, the survey elicited sobering early appraisals, with expectations of significant business risks and stifled growth prospects for the months ahead.
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Beyond hiring: How companies are reskilling to address talent gaps

– As potential skill shortages loom, a new survey finds that many companies are using multiple tactics to close gaps and that reskilling efforts are paying off.
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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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Economic Conditions Snapshot, December 2019: McKinsey Global Survey results

– Respondents’ views on the world economy and their countries’ conditions turn somewhat brighter. Trade tensions remain the most-cited threat to global growth, while social unrest climbs on the list of concerns.
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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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Economic Conditions Snapshot, September 2019: McKinsey Global Survey results

– Respondents’ views are subdued on the current state of the global economy, and on their home economies in the months ahead. Trade conflicts and trade-policy changes remain the most commonly cited threats to growth.
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Economic Conditions Snapshot, June 2019: McKinsey Global Survey results

– Executives’ sentiments on the global economy are the lowest in years, amid growing concerns over trade conflicts. Meanwhile, their expectations about conditions at home remain more negative than positive.
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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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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.
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