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Why data culture matters

Why data culture matters

Organizational culture can accelerate the application of analytics, amplify its power, and steer companies away from risky outcomes. Here are seven principles that underpin a healthy data culture.

Universities and the conglomerate challenge

– Complex business combinations have been unwinding for years. Will the bell toll for universities?

The overlooked essentials of employee well-being

– If you really want to increase employees’ health and well-being, focus on job control and social support.

Unleashing the power of small, independent teams

– Small, independent teams are the lifeblood of the agile organization. Top executives can unleash them by driving ambition, removing... red tape, and helping managers adjust to the new norms.

The agile manager

– Who manages in an agile organization? And what exactly do they do?

Telling a good innovation story

– Appealing to people’s emotions helps new ideas cut through the clutter.

Accelerating product development: The tools you need now

– To speed innovation and fend off disruption, R&D organizations at incumbent companies can borrow the tools and techniques... that digital natives use to get ahead.

The leadership journey of Abraham Lincoln

– Hear the call to action contained in Abraham Lincoln’s story, and get to work. The world has never needed you and other... real leaders more than it does now.

Eight shifts that will take your strategy into high gear

– Developing a great strategy starts with changing the dynamics in your strategy room. Here’s how.

Interviews

How NBCUniversal is creating ‘pull’ for analytics

How NBCUniversal is creating ‘pull’ for analytics

To realize the full potential of data analytics, start with your people and their needs, says Cameron Davies, the company’s head of corporate decision sciences.

A view from the front lines of baseball’s data-analytics revolution

– In the second of a two-part interview, Houston Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow describes how analytics has changed baseball—from... Moneyball in 2003 to the last out of the 2017 World Series.

How the Houston Astros are winning through advanced analytics

– In the first of a two-part interview, the architect of last year’s World Series champions shares how analytics, organization,... and culture combine to create competitive advantage in a zero-sum industry.

Debiasing the corporation: An interview with Nobel laureate Richard Thaler

– The University of Chicago professor explains how executives can battle back against biases that can affect their decision making.

Featured research

Shaking up the value chain

Shaking up the value chain

Data and digitization are creating a growing array of value-creation choices in industries as diverse as pharmaceuticals, mining, and energy.

Artificial intelligence: Why a digital base is critical

– Early AI adopters are starting to shift industry profit pools. Companies need strong digital capabilities to compete.

Three surprising resource implications from the rise of electric vehicles

– The economic consequences for energy, raw materials, and land may not be what you’d expect.

China’s fast climb up the value chain

– From high-tech unicorns to specialty chemicals, the country’s economy is moving swiftly beyond its lower-margin roots.

Industry dynamics

Booming cities, unintended consequences

Booming cities, unintended consequences

Roadways clogged by commercial vehicles and intense competition for affordable housing are imposing costs on prosperous cities and their most vulnerable residents.

AI’s growing impact

– Smart machines are giving storytellers and risk managers alike a helping hand.

Resetting the cost base

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

Competing in a world of digital ecosystems

– New players and blurring sector borders are starting to influence the competitive outlook in a wide range of industries. Here’s... a close-in look at changes afoot in automobiles and banking.

Podcasts

Putting talent at the top of the CEO agenda

Putting talent at the top of the CEO agenda

McKinsey global managing partner Dominic Barton discusses how executives serious about delivering value need to spend more time identifying their organizations’ top performers and most critical roles.

The real-world potential and limitations of artificial intelligence

– Artificial intelligence has the potential to create trillions of dollars of value across the economy—if business leaders work... to understand what AI can and cannot do.

Microsoft’s next act

– CEO Satya Nadella talks about innovation, disruption, and organizational change.

Disruption, friction, and change: The hallmarks of a true transformation

– A company transformation is a holistic, top-priority endeavor that requires aggressive focus from the management team to reach... the full potential of a business.

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