McKinsey Global Surveys

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

Since 2004, McKinsey Global Publishing’s 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

Economic conditions outlook, March 2022

– Worries about geopolitical conflicts, among other risks to growth, now exceed executives’ concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic. Overall economic optimism continues to decline.

Managing change and uncertainty

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Prioritizing technology transformations to win

– Our latest IT survey confirms the accelerating pace of at-scale core technology transformations. The road map for success reflects the practices and capabilities of leading companies.
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Losing from day one: Why even successful transformations fall short

– Our latest transformations research confirms that success remains elusive and reliant on a holistic approach. Yet some actions are especially predictive of realizing the financial benefits at stake.
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Mastering change: The new CFO mandate

– New research shows that now is the time for finance leaders to lean into the evolution of their roles and reassert themselves as strategic partners and digital enablers to the business.
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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.

Technology trends

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The state of AI in 2021

– A majority of companies now adopt AI, and leaders are using more sophisticated tools and practices.
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The new digital edge: Rethinking strategy for the postpandemic era

– Our 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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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 imperatives for automation success

– New survey findings show that organizations that successfully automate business processes follow a few common practices.

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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, 2021

– Executive sentiment ends the year on a generally positive note, with most survey respondents expecting 2022 to bring better economic conditions despite heightened risks from the pandemic and inflation.
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The coronavirus effect on global economic sentiment

– Worries about geopolitical conflicts, among other risks to growth, now exceed executives' concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic. Overall economic optimism continues to decline.

People in focus

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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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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.

MORE INSIGHTS

McKinsey Global Surveys, 2021: A year in review

Our collection of research-based insights confirms the countless tests that companies have endured this year—and suggests a way forward in a still-evolving and ambiguous business landscape.
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2021 global report: The state of new-business building

– Business leaders predict that by 2026, half of their revenues will come from products, services, or businesses that haven’t yet been created. Here’s how new-business building can help bridge that gap through sustainable, inclusive growth.
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How one approach to M&A is more likely to create value than all others

– Two decades of research show that, while large deals still have their place, programmatic M&A strategies continue to create gains in excess total returns to shareholders, at lower levels of risk.
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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 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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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 outlooks, 2020

– See how executives’ views on economic conditions and their companies’ prospects evolved throughout 2020.
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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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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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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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Chris Kahn is a senior editor in McKinsey’s New York office, where Daniella Seiler is an executive editor. Heather Hanselman is an editor in the Atlanta office.