McKinsey Global Surveys

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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.

Managing change and uncertainty

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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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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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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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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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The coronavirus effect on global economic sentiment

– Though the pandemic overshadows other risks to growth, optimism about the economy persists and company prospects continue to brighten, especially on the hiring front.
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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 Snapshot, December 2020: McKinsey Global Survey results

– Executives’ views on the economy continue to brighten as they look ahead to 2021.
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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.

Technology trends

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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.
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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.

People in focus

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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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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.

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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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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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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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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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.
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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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