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Being transgender at work

– Although corporate America has stepped up its public support of LGBTQ+ rights, it still has a long road ahead to foster a truly... inclusive environment for transgender employees.

Central Europe’s great gender opportunity

– Growth has slowed in Central and Eastern Europe, where women account for 60 percent of all college graduates and only 45 percent... of the labor force. A new McKinsey report shows that closing the gap could reignite economies across the region.

Reviving the art of apprenticeship to unlock continuous skill development

– Postpandemic skill gaps need filling, and formal learning alone won’t do the trick. Scaling the lost art of one-on-one learning... can make the difference.

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.

Strategy for a digital world

– A winning digital strategy requires new twists to familiar moves.

‘Great Attrition’ or ‘Great Attraction’? The choice is yours

– A record number of employees are quitting or thinking about doing so. Organizations that take the time to learn why—and act thoughtfully—will... have an edge in attracting and retaining talent.

A $300 billion opportunity: Serving the emerging Black American consumer

– There’s a big market to be unearthed if companies meet the real needs of Black consumers.

Three keys to building a more skilled postpandemic workforce

– Many companies face large, and growing, skills deficits. A few companies approach skill building in a more integrated way—and... are quietly gaining an edge on rivals.

Interviews

Much anew about ‘nudging’

– Almost 15 years after introducing a critical choice-making framework, behavioral economists Cass Sunstein and Richard Thaler reflect on its continuing impact on business and society.

Shattering the status quo: A conversation with Haier’s Zhang Ruimin

– Having built Haier into a global powerhouse, its CEO now wants to overthrow 100 years of organizational orthodoxy.

A digital-business builder: An interview with the CEO of Allianz Direct

– What does it take to build scalable new businesses inside of an older, more established company? Bart Schlatmann is building one... now.

Sounding the alarm on system noise

– Daniel Kahneman and Olivier Sibony, renowned experts in cognitive biases and decision making, explain how noise—or unwanted... variability—clouds organizations’ judgments, and what to do about it.

Featured research

Powering up sustainable energy

Can the power industry simultaneously decarbonize generation, propel the transition to electric vehicles, and keep the lights on?

Feeding the world sustainably

– Green technologies, biotech advances, and artificial intelligence could help tame agricultural emissions and waste, while safeguarding... ocean resources.

Reimagining industrial operations

– Through innovation, advanced analytics, digitization, electrification, and process efficiencies, carbon-intensive operations underpinning... the global economy can shape a more sustainable future.

Redefining the power industry

– Quick takes on the pressures posed by climate change—and potential responses.

Podcasts

The war on the coronavirus

Three top military leaders offer lessons from the front lines of managing deadly crises.

The value of talent management

– The roles that create the most value in your organization may not be at the top.

Getting beyond gridlock: The promise of traffic congestion solutions

– With more than half the world’s population living in cities, congestion and pollution are worsening. Technology may be able... to provide new and innovative traffic congestion solutions—but only if city governments and companies collaborate.

Preparing for and managing through a downturn

– As talk of an impending economic downturn takes hold in the business world, executives can take thoughtful steps to help their... companies better weather the storm.

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