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How leading CEOs manage their middle tenures

– Five principles are useful in guiding CEOs in their third, fourth, and fifth years on the job.
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.
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How to take the measure of innovation

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

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New technology, new rules: Reimagining the modern finance workforce

– Innovations in technology and management practice are creating new opportunities for the finance function to add value to the... business. Here’s how finance teams will need to evolve to make the most of them.
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Seven rules to crack the code on revenue synergies in M&A

– Companies pursuing revenue synergies can’t take them for granted. Leaders need a clear grasp of where those synergies lie—and... the persistence to capture them.
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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.

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McKinsey on Finance, Number 67

– Perspectives on Corporate Finance and Strategy
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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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Book Excerpt - McKinsey Quarterly

Africa’s overlooked business revolution

– Global business leaders who misunderstand Africa run the risk of missing out on one of the 21st century’s great growth opportunities.
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

Powering the digital economy

– As cheaper storage and renewables bend the electricity cost curve, utilities must refine their strategies and raise their digital... game.
Report

Banks in the changing world of financial intermediation

– Banks sit at the center of a vast, complex system that intermediates more than $250 trillion in global funds. What happens when... the system itself is significantly streamlined and reshaped?
Interview - McKinsey Quarterly

Building the workforce of tomorrow, today

– Software giant SAP is helping its workforce keep pace with technological change and new strategic thrusts.
Interactive - McKinsey Quarterly

Five Fifty: Getting your story straight

– Emotional stories help innovative ideas attract attention—and get funded. Here are the narratives that help good ideas break... through.
Podcast - McKinsey Quarterly

Straight talk about employee evaluation and performance management

– Managing employee performance successfully requires real support for managers and a process that is recognized as fair.
Interactive - McKinsey Quarterly

Five Fifty: Fear/fear not

– The robots are coming for our jobs—that’s the widely held view. But the likely outcome is a bit more nuanced.
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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.
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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.
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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. 
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