McKinsey Quarterly 2014
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Competing on the digital edge

Explores how digitization is transforming everything from the flow of goods, services, and talent to the auto industry to China’s corporations. Also examines ongoing gender-equality efforts around the world, as well as the four essential behaviors of successful leaders.

Competing on the digital edge

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Harnessing the power of shifting global flows

– Understand what countries and executives need to know to benefit from the next—and markedly different—wave of globalization.
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A road map to the future for the auto industry

– As the sector transforms itself, will the automobile keep its soul?
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Service innovation in a digital world

– New digital upstarts are threatening the bottom lines, growth prospects, and even business models of traditional service providers. It’s time for incumbents to innovate—or be left behind.
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Redefining service innovation at Starwood

– The head of the hotel company’s loyalty program, Mark Vondrasek, describes its approach to technology, guest loyalty, and disruptive new competitors.
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China’s rising Internet wave: Wired companies

– After a massive rise in Internet use by consumers, learn why adoption by Chinese internet companies is catching up with that of the developed world.

Tackling gender diversity

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Championing gender equality in Australia

– A group of business leaders is redefining the role of men in the promotion of gender equality—and improving the environment for women leaders in their own organizations.
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Promoting gender diversity in the Gulf

– Companies in the region increasingly recognize the potential of women leaders to enhance organizational effectiveness.
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Women leaders in the Gulf: The view from Saudi Aramco

– The oil giant’s most senior female executive recounts her experiences as a young leader at Saudi Aramco and describes its approach to developing talented women.
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Do you know your life’s purpose?

– Do you know your life’s purpose? Knowing can help you navigate uncertainty, become more resilient, and even live a longer, more fulfilled life. According to McKinsey research, life purpose can be mapped to a combination of nine universal values we all share. To find meaning in your life and work, start by identifying the unique set of values that motivate and inspire you to action.
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Addressing unconscious bias

– Does lopsided male representation in media skew our perceptions? Geena Davis believes it does and corporations have a critical role in driving change.

Other highlights

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From bottom to top: Turning around the top team

– A case study of change at Philips illustrates the importance of the “soft stuff.”
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Decoding leadership: What really matters

– New research suggests that the secret to developing effective leaders is to encourage four types of behavior.
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Confronting corruption

– Policies, controls, and culture must all work together to withstand the inevitable pressures when they arise.

Research, trends, and emerging thinking

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The perils of ignoring software development

– Software is a key to market differentiation and value creation for an increasing number of products and services.
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Running your company at two speeds

– Digital competition may dictate a new organizational architecture in which emerging digital processes coexist with traditional ones.
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Brand success in an era of Digital Darwinism

– Companies adept at using digital tools along the consumer decision journey are gaining a sizable lead over competitors.
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Are you ready for 3-D printing?

– There have been false dawns before, but this technology is poised to deliver cost benefits and to advance innovation in manufacturing.
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Taming manufacturing complexity with advanced analytics

– A chemical maker uses advanced analytical techniques to identify—and seize—opportunities across its value chain. Better collaboration is a side benefit.
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Why yesterday’s channel practices won’t win over emerging-market consumers

– Latin American consumer-product companies that use sophisticated data-oriented tools achieve superior price differentiation.