The McKinsey Global Institute was established in 1990. Our mission is to provide a fact base to aid decision making on economic and business issues most critical to the world’s companies and policy leaders. We benefit from the full range of McKinsey’s regional, sectoral, and functional knowledge, as well as its skills and expertise. However, editorial direction and decisions are solely the responsibility of MGI directors and partners.
Our research is currently grouped into five major themes:
- productivity and prosperity: creating and harnessing the world’s assets productively
- resources of the world: building, powering, and feeding the world
- global connections: shaping economies via the flow of goods, people, capital, and ideas
- human potential: achieving the full potential of people’s talent
- technologies and markets of the future: the next big arenas of value and competition
We aim for independent, fact-based research and analysis. None of our work is commissioned or funded by any business, government, or other institution. We share our results publicly free of charge, and we are entirely funded by McKinsey’s partners. While MGI engages multiple distinguished external advisers to contribute to our work, the analyses presented in our publications are MGI’s alone, and any errors are our own.
MGI is led by McKinsey & Company senior partners, Chris Bradley, Kweilin Ellingrud, Marco Piccitto, Sven Smit, Olivia White, and Jonathan Woetzel. Sven also serves as chairman of MGI.
In addition, MGI regularly solicits input from a group of McKinsey senior partners who make up the MGI Council. The Council’s role is to help MGI shape its research agenda, lead high-impact research, and disseminate the findings to decision makers around the world.
Project teams are led by MGI partners and a group of senior fellows and include consultants from McKinsey's offices around the world. These teams draw on McKinsey's global network of partners and industry and management experts.
MGI works with leading economists, including Nobel laureates, who act as advisers to MGI projects.