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Article - McKinsey Quarterly

Resetting the cost base

– Technology is creating opportunities and threats for the supplies of traditional industries from utilities to pulp and paper to... construction.
Podcast - McKinsey Global Institute

What will automation mean for wages and income inequality?

– In this podcast, we examine how technology has affected employment and incomes in manufacturing and other sectors and whether... automation could widen the gap between high- and low-income jobs.

How Nielsen fixates on value creation to drive growth: An interview with Steve Hasker

– Three “growth rules” have guided Nielsen’s growth journey.

High-performing US states: Is there a secret to success?

– Our refresh of the Leading States Index looks at state performance from the citizens’ perspective to gauge what’s... working well for governments and citizens, and where states can improve.

Improving the effectiveness of tax collection: $30 in additional revenue for every $1 spent?

– An analysis of OECD countries’ expenditure on tax-collection effectiveness suggests high returns on investment.

How are consumers feeling about their finances?

– In many countries, consumer sentiment has improved since 2015. Consumers have become more bullish about their ability to spend.

How battery storage can help charge the electric-vehicle market

– People are reluctant to buy electric vehicles because of concerns about charging. But public, fast-charging infrastructure is... not yet widely available or profitable. There is a way to resolve that conundrum.

Petrochemicals 2030: Reinventing the way to win in a changing industry

– Location has been the key to success in petrochemicals: playing in emerging markets and accessing cheap feedstock. As the industry... shifts, companies will have to work harder on core capabilities and strategy.

Supporting job growth and worker prosperity in a new era of automation

– With the advent of advanced automation, governments have a critical role to play in responding to workforce transitions.
Report - McKinsey Global Institute

Solving the productivity puzzle

– New research uncovers how three waves collided to create historically low productivity growth but finds the potential for it to... recover to 2 percent or more.

Sticker shock: Why utilities now must rethink customer affordability

– As electricity consumers demand more convenience and flexibility, utilities, regulators, and customers themselves will have to... decide which investments to makeā€”and who should pay for them.