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Forward Thinking on ‘megathreats,’ ‘polycrises,’ and ‘doom loops’ with Nouriel Roubini

– “Let’s stop putting our heads in the sand like ostriches, pretending that problems don’t exist,” says... an economist noted for his early warning about the global financial crisis. “If you don’t address them individually and collectively, eventually they will overwhelm us.”
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Forward Thinking on working at the interface of the environment and business with Justin Adams

– “I’m increasingly talking about the need to build a planetary restoration industry,” says a prominent investor... in sustainability. “This, to me, is one of the great industries that we need to be building together over the next decades, and indeed beyond—the next centuries.”
Report - McKinsey Global Institute

Rekindling US productivity for a new era

– Regaining historical rates of productivity growth would add $10 trillion to US GDP—a boost needed to confront workforce... shortages, debt, inflation, and the energy transition.
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Forward Thinking on what deep history might tell us about today’s turbulent times with Alan Taylor

– A leading economist uses a historical lens to gain insights into the economic consequences of pandemics, likely trends in wealth... and globalization, and whether current economic turbulence signals the start of a new era.
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How our interconnected world is changing

– What’s the fate of globalization? New research breaks down changes in the global flows that bind us together—and what those changes... mean for our collective future.
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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.
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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.”
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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.
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The complication of concentration in global trade

– Concentration in the origins of traded products is widespread, prompting questions about whether to diversify or decouple.
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Global balance sheet 2022: Enter volatility

– Growth in the global balance sheet accelerated during the pandemic, but paused in 2022.
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