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Why digital transformation is now on the CEO’s shoulders

Big data, the Internet of Things, and artificial intelligence hold such disruptive power that they have inverted the dynamics of technology leadership.
Why digital transformation is now on the CEO’s shoulders

The four questions to ask when serving on a nonprofit board

– Directors need to probe, nudge, and prod to make sure the organization achieves its full potential.

McKinsey Quarterly 2017 Number 4: Overview and full issue

– This issue of the Quarterly, available here as a PDF download, examines AI-driven automation and how it will transform... the economy, discusses why lifelong learning should be a corporate priority, and lays out the health imperative for organizations.

Culture for a digital age

– Risk aversion, weak customer focus, and siloed mind-sets have long bedeviled organizations. In a digital world, solving these... cultural problems is no longer optional.

Where is technology taking the economy?

– We are creating an intelligence that is external to humans and housed in the virtual economy. This is bringing us into a new economic... era—a distributive one—where different rules apply.

Memo to the CEO: Are you the source of workplace dysfunction?

– Rudeness and bullying are rife, says Stanford professor Bob Sutton. Wise leaders figure out how to fix their teams and organizations;... and they start by taking a long look in the mirror.

Competing in a world of sectors without borders

– Digitization is causing a radical reordering of traditional industry boundaries. What will it take to play offense and defense... in tomorrow’s ecosystems?

Organizational health: A fast track to performance improvement

– Working on health works. It’s good for your people and for your bottom line.

The CEO’s guide to competing through HR

– Technological tools provide a new opportunity for the function to reach its potential and drive real business value.

Interviews

A machine-learning approach to venture capital

In this interview, Hone Capital managing partner Veronica Wu describes how her team uses a data-analytics model to make better investment decisions in early-stage start-ups.
A machine-learning approach to venture capital

Safe enough to try: An interview with Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh

– Organizations are more likely to innovate and thrive when they unleash the potential of individuals and the power of self-organizing... teams, says the online retailer’s CEO.

Wellness at work: The promise and pitfalls

– It takes more than a discounted health-club membership to move the needle on employee well-being.

A case study in combating bias

– Following several disappointing investments, the German electric utility RWE overhauled its decision-making processes. Learn how... from the CFO who spearheaded the effort.

Featured research

Untangling your organization’s decision making

Any organization can improve the speed and quality of its decisions by paying more attention to what it’s deciding.
Untangling your organization’s decision making

The global forces inspiring a new narrative of progress

– Growth is shifting, disruption is accelerating, and societal tensions are rising. Confronting these dynamics will help you craft... a better strategy, and forge a brighter future.

The roots of organic growth

– There are many paths to growth, and high performers take more than one—supported by reinforcing capabilities such as advanced... analytics and digital customer-experience management.

What’s missing in leadership development?

– Only a few actions matter, and they require the CEO’s attention.

Industry dynamics

Fighting portfolio complexity

Many consumer-packaged-goods companies are placing too many bets. Greater simplicity and agility increase the odds of higher performance.
Fighting portfolio complexity

Applying stress tests beyond banking

– The technique can provide important insights to many companies operating under uncertainty.

The two faces of fashion-industry performance

– Top-quintile companies are the engines of value creation. Digitization and better in-store experiences will drive future gains.

Fighting commoditization in chemicals with a better commercial model

– Windfalls on feedstocks and emerging-market growth have masked the margin damage from increasing commoditization.

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