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Performance through people: Transforming human capital into competitive advantage

– A dual focus on developing people and managing them well gives a select group of companies a long-term performance edge.
Podcast - McKinsey Global Institute

Forward Thinking on how to get remote working right with Nicholas Bloom

– “There’s a lot of scare stories in the media saying hybrid doesn’t work,” says a leading economist. “My... one piece of advice is just be intentional, be organized. Basically, get folks in on two, three days a week … and be really tough about having them come in. And then let them work from home on the other days.”
Podcast - McKinsey Global Institute

Forward Thinking on the complicated and contentious state of global trade with Chad P. Bown

– “This is certainly the most exciting, contentious, uncertain time when it when it comes to trade policy, certainly in my lifetime,”... says a leading trade economist. “And I just had one of those big, round number—half century—birthdays, and so I’ve been around for a fairly long period of time.”
Discussion Paper - McKinsey Global Institute

The China imperative for multinational companies

– Multinational companies operating in China must reconfigure for opportunity and risk.
Article - McKinsey Global Institute

The complication of concentration in global trade

– Concentration in the origins of traded products is widespread, prompting questions about whether to diversify or decouple.
Report - McKinsey Global Institute

Global balance sheet 2022: Enter volatility

– Growth in the global balance sheet accelerated during the pandemic, but paused in 2022.
Article - McKinsey Global Institute

Pixels of Progress: A granular look at human development around the world

– Our world is big and complex, but human progress is still about life on the ground, up close and in detail.
Article - McKinsey Global Institute

Addressing the revolving door in risk

– As the field of risk management evolves, the value proposition for employees has to evolve as well.
Podcast - McKinsey Global Institute

Forward Thinking on the meeting point of science and humanity with Jayshree Seth

– Persuaded by her parents to study science and engineering, Jayshree Seth retained her humanities mindset while becoming the first... chief science advocate at the 3M company.
Podcast - McKinsey Global Institute

Forward Thinking on the fragility of the world’s food systems and how to fix them with Jessica Fanzo

– Many people think that hunger and climate change happen to poor people in faraway countries and won’t affect them, says... a leading food systems expert. “But that is a naïve perception of the world.”
Discussion Paper - McKinsey Global Institute

Global flows: The ties that bind in an interconnected world

– Economic and political turbulence have prompted speculation that the world is already deglobalizing. But the evidence suggests... that global integration is here to stay, albeit with nuance.
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