McKinsey Quarterly 2018 Number 3
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Data culture

Explores how leaders can build a corporate culture in harmony with analytics efforts, suggests how to unleash agile teams, and discusses the importance of maintaining employees’ health and well-being.

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Data culture

Interview - McKinsey Quarterly

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.
Interview - McKinsey Quarterly

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.

Making small teams work

Article - McKinsey Quarterly

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.
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

The agile manager

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

Other features

Article - McKinsey Quarterly

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.
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

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.
Commentary - McKinsey Quarterly

The economics of artificial intelligence

– Rotman School of Management professor Ajay Agrawal explains how AI changes the cost of prediction and what this means for business.
Interview - McKinsey Quarterly

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.

Research, trends, and emerging thinking

Article - McKinsey Quarterly

Telling a good innovation story

– Appealing to people’s emotions helps new ideas cut through the clutter.
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

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.
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

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.
Commentary - McKinsey Quarterly

Universities and the conglomerate challenge

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