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Strategy

Article - McKinsey Quarterly

Digital strategy: The four fights you have to win

– Yesterday’s tentative approaches won’t deliver; you need absolute clarity about digital’s demands, galvanized... leadership, unparalleled agility, and the resolve to bet boldly.
Podcast

How to take the measure of innovation

– By combining two simple metrics, companies can gain valuable insights into their innovation performance.
Podcast

Demystifying AI and machine learning for executives

– In this interview, Tamim Saleh cuts through the hype around artificial intelligence with guidance for executives about where and... how to employ AI in their businesses.
Podcast

Building gender diversity on boards

– McKinsey senior partner Celia Huber explains how companies can build and benefit from gender diversity on boards.

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Corporate Finance

Article

What’s behind the pharmaceutical sector’s M&A push

– There are lessons for other industries in the way pharma companies use mergers to innovate, work more efficiently, and bolster... product portfolios.
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

Bias busters: Taking the ‘outside view’

– Using a reference class can help executives gain much-needed perspective to inform their decision making.
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

Bias busters: Being objective about budgets

– Anchoring bias can hold back the budgeting process, influencing your targets despite your best efforts. Address it and refocus... difficult conversations.
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Economic Conditions Snapshot, September 2018: McKinsey Global Survey results

– Respondents express declining optimism on the economy, especially in emerging markets. The United States gains more attention... as a destination for new business opportunities.

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McKinsey on Finance, Number 67

– Perspectives on Corporate Finance and Strategy
Global theme

Strategy in a digital age

How to develop corporate and business-unit strategies in a digitally disrupted world.
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The Board Perspective - Number 2

– A collection of McKinsey insights focusing on boards of directors

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How the global supply landscape for meat protein will evolve

– Changes in global meat consumption will be driven by local growth patterns. But opportunities still abound for companies that... master the tools to understand the market’s shifting dynamics.
Article

How to avoid the three common execution pitfalls that derail automation programs

– Automation has great potential to create value—but only for businesses that carefully design and execute it.
Article

Thriving amid turbulence: Imagining the cities of the future

– Four major forces are shaping cities of the future. How can they thrive in the face of challenges and change?
Interactive - McKinsey Quarterly

Five Fifty: Digital’s hard truths

– Want to better understand what digital is doing to your business? Look to the underlying economics. 
Podcast

How to take the measure of innovation

– By combining two simple metrics, companies can gain valuable insights into their innovation performance.
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

Choosing the right path to growth

– To boost organic growth, most companies need a diverse set of initiatives—and how you sequence them matters.
Article

What executives think about the economy: 2004 to now

– This continually updated interactive tracks how executives around the world have viewed economic conditions and the economic prospects... of their companies, and how those views have differed over time and across industries, regions, and types of company.
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

What it takes to get an edge in the Internet of Things

– Three practices can help differentiate successful companies from those that struggle to gain traction.
Commentary - McKinsey Quarterly

Universities and the conglomerate challenge

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

How to avoid digital-strategy pitfalls

– Most digital strategies don’t reflect how digital is changing economic fundamentals, industry dynamics, or what it means... to compete.
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