McKinsey Quarterly - 2016 Issue 2
McKinsey Quarterly 2016 Number 2

Digital strategy: The economics of disruption

Examines the economic essentials of digital strategy, Pixar’s approach to continuous innovation, the future of performance management, and China’s e-commerce landscape.

Cover package

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The economic essentials of digital strategy

– A supply-and-demand guide to digital disruption.
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Five priorities for competing in an era of digital globalization

– As digital flows command a growing share of trade and economic growth, executives must answer new questions.
Spotlight on disruption in banking
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Why partnerships are appealing

– The chairman of Credit Suisse explains how digital innovation may lead to unexpected outcomes.
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A digital crack in banking’s business model

– Low-cost attackers are targeting customers in lucrative parts of the sector.

Banking on the cloud

– Don Duet, global head of the technology division at Goldman Sachs, discusses the evolution of the firm’s digital strategy and its use of cloud infrastructure and technologies.

Unlocking the power of people

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Ahead of the curve: The future of performance management

– What happens after companies jettison traditional year-end evaluations?
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How small shifts in leadership can transform your team dynamic

– Simple tweaks in communication and role-modeling based on the latest behavioral research can nudge employees into top form and create a more productive environment for everyone.

Leaders on leadership

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Staying one step ahead at Pixar: An interview with Ed Catmull

– The cofounder of the company that created the world’s first computer-animated feature film lays out a management philosophy for keeping Pixar innovative.
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Toward a circular economy in food

– The French food and water company Danone has a history of environmental awareness. In this interview with McKinsey partner Clarisse Magnin, CEO Emmanuel Faber discusses his commitment to resource efficiency.
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Leading in the digital age

– The automation of work and the digital disruption of business models place a premium on leaders who can create a vision of change and frame it positively.

Making companies hum

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Making collaboration across functions a reality

– Fast-changing global markets put a premium on simplifying processes radically and breaking through silos.

Cisco's John Chambers on the digital era

– How significant is the digital era? It’s the biggest technology transition in history, according to Cisco’s executive chairman—and requires a proportional response from companies.
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Learning at the speed of business

– What digital means for the next generation of corporate academies.

Research, trends, and emerging thinking

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Breaking down the gender challenge

– To make meaningful progress on gender diversity, companies must move beyond the averages and focus on the biggest pain points.
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Using buzz analytics to gain a product and marketing edge

– By capturing and analyzing social-media conversations, companies can improve their offerings and margins.
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Why frontline workers are disengaged

– Executives generally overestimate their effectiveness as motivators and leaders.
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Where accountability really matters

– Travel, transportation, and logistics companies are particularly vulnerable if they get it wrong.

Reshaping an emerging-market giant

– The CEO of one of India’s largest makers of generic pharmaceuticals, Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories, explains how the company is organizing for the future.
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Cross-border e-commerce is luring Chinese shoppers

– Rising demand for foreign products, new platforms, and a push by the government are propelling the trend.
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China’s e-commerce soft spot: Logistics

– Consumers are buying massive amounts online, but subpar operating discipline in distribution is keeping costs high.
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The digital pressures weighing on telecoms

– Advances in communications devices and new business models are weakening the industry’s hold on consumers, a survey of executives suggests.

Closing views

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Winning hearts and minds in the 21st century

– Leaders must consider new ways to change the attitudes and behavior of employees.
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Millennials: Burden, blessing, or both?

– Companies often complain about the unrealistic expectations of millennial workers, but heeding their call to action can improve the work environment for everyone.