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McKinsey Global Surveys

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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.

Analytics, automation, and AI

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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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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.
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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.
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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.

Organizational Change

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

Digital

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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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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.
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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.
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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

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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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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.
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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

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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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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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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

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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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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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