Regions in Focus

Insights on the latest business and economic trends in the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa.
Outperformers: High-growth emerging economies and the companies that propel them

Outperformers: High-growth emerging economies and the companies that propel them

Some emerging economies have grown much faster and more consistently than others. Underlying these success stories is a pro-growth policy agenda and the standout role of large companies.

North America

Report

AI looks North: Bridging Canada’s corporate artificial intelligence gap

– For Canadian industries to capture the enormous benefits that artificial intelligence offers, Canadian executives must make dramatic... shifts in their mindsets, strategies, and execution plans.
Article

High-performing US states: Is there a secret to success?

– Our refresh of the Leading States Index looks at state performance from the citizens’ perspective to gauge what’s... working well for governments and citizens, and where states can improve.
Report - McKinsey Global Institute

Making it in America: Revitalizing US manufacturing

– The erosion of US manufacturing isn’t a foregone conclusion. The decade ahead—with increased demand, new technology,... and value chain optimization—will give the sector a chance to turn around.
Article

Harnessing the power of digital in US government agencies

– A focus on customer journeys, a dedicated digital team, agile methods, and strong talent can help government agencies move beyond... incremental improvements and achieve transformative change.

Latin America

Article

Putting citizens first: How Latin American cities can be smart

– For Latin America’s cities to remain competitive, they must understand their citizens’ experiences and needs—and... design policies accordingly.
Report

What drives student performance in Latin America?

– Our analysis of OECD PISA results from the region offers five findings on student mindsets, teaching practices, technology, instructional... hours, and early childhood education.
Report - McKinsey Global Institute

How to counter three threats to growth in Latin America

– The region needs to remove obstacles to competitiveness, pursue digitization, raise skills, and improve economic fundamentals.
Article - McKinsey Global Institute

Can Latin America reignite growth by connecting with consumers?

– The region needs to build a more diversified and sustainable economic base, focusing on consumers as the pivotal driver of growth... both globally and at home.

Europe

Discussion Paper - McKinsey Global Institute

Solving the United Kingdom’s productivity puzzle in a digital age

– New research explains why the United Kingdom has been experiencing historically low productivity growth and what can be done to... return to long-run averages.
Article

How innovation is reshaping Europe’s urban environment

– To stay competitive, real estate leaders must offer new services that address the evolving needs and desires of individuals, companies,... and communities, such as flexibility or sustainability.
Executive Briefing - McKinsey Global Institute

Europe’s economy: Three pathways to rebuilding trust and sustaining momentum

– Europe has an opportunity to ensure that growth and well-being continue in the long term, and to strengthen trust in its institutions.
Article

Disruption in European consumer finance: Lessons from Sweden

– Strong earnings in European consumer finance have drawn the attention of attackers, including large retailers and fintechs. To... maintain their position, banks must focus on the customer and transform their operating models.

Asia

Article

Public cloud in China: Big challenges, big upside

– A recent McKinsey survey provides new insight into the promising public-cloud market in China.
Report

The digital archipelago: How online commerce is driving Indonesia’s economic development

– New research explores the impact of online commerce in Indonesia, as well as the priority measures needed to boost the country’s... broader digital economy.
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

China’s fast climb up the value chain

– From high-tech unicorns to specialty chemicals, the country’s economy is moving swiftly beyond its lower-margin roots.
Report - McKinsey Global Institute

The power of parity: Advancing women’s equality in Asia Pacific

– Advancing women’s equality in the countries of Asia Pacific could add $4.5 trillion to their collective annual GDP in 2025,... a 12 percent increase over the business-as-usual trajectory.

Middle East and Africa

Report

Are Middle East workers ready for the impact of automation?

– Education levels and skills will determine how disruptive automation is to the region’s labor markets.
Report

How investors can support entrepreneurship in the Middle East and North Africa

– The potential for entrepreneurship in the region is high, based on digital consumption and a startling increase in investment... funding for start-ups.
Article

Mobile financial services in Africa: Winning the battle for the customer

– To compete in Africa’s diverse mobile money markets, banks must offer distinctive mobile and digital services not only in... payments and deposits, but across the spectrum of financial services.
Interview

Reshaping ‘retail-tainment’ in the Middle East and beyond

– Alain Bejjani, CEO of conglomerate Majid Al Futtaim, shares his perspectives on retail’s future and on his own leadership journey.