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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.
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

Taking the measure of innovation

– Don’t overlook the insight that two simple metrics can yield about the effectiveness of your R&D spending.
Interactive - McKinsey Quarterly

Five Fifty: Confronting uncertainty

– Good strategists manage uncertainty by playing the probabilities. But most of us use wishful thinking instead.

Corporate Finance

Article

Understanding how US tax reform will affect divestitures

– Lower rates will motivate companies to consider selling assets that lack scale for spinning off, and will make some complex deal... structures less attractive.
Survey

Economic Conditions Snapshot, March 2018: McKinsey Global Survey results

– Global respondents see trade-policy changes as rising risks to growth, and those in developed economies report a more cautious... outlook overall than their emerging-economy peers.
Interactive - McKinsey Quarterly

Five Fifty: Activists at the gate

– How do you know a corporate board is effective? Look to the number of activist investors it attracts.

Special collections

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McKinsey on Finance, Number 65

– 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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Executive Briefing - McKinsey Quarterly

The CEO guide to boards

– Greater responsibilities require increased commitments of time and energy.
Interactive - McKinsey Quarterly

Five Fifty: Try a little weird

– Tony Hsieh, the unconventional CEO of Zappos, is not afraid to create “a little weirdness.” In fact it’s a core... value.
Article

Ten red flags signaling your analytics program will fail

– Struggling to become analytics-driven? One or more of these issues is likely what’s holding your organization back.
Article

Commercial excellence: Powering success in today’s evolving energy retail utility markets

– Across the world, liberalization of energy markets has resulted in additional pressure on established electric-power and natural-gas... players to defend market shares. Our global knowledge initiative explains in a series of articles how to achieve commercial excellence in order to respond to this pressure. This article examines the critical 12 commercial capabilities that really matter and explains in a holistic approach how to build them.
Interview - McKinsey Quarterly

Digging deep for organizational innovation

– Organizational simplicity. Clear accountabilities. Nimble planning processes. All characterize a scrappy oil and gas company you... may not have heard of. Learn more from its CEO.
Article

Are your strategy discussions stuck in an echo chamber?

– Building a “market-momentum case”—based on external as well as internal data—can help executives allocate... resources more effectively and identify new sources of value.
Interactive - McKinsey Quarterly

Five Fifty: The lifecycle of a CEO

– A CEO’s job starts out tough—and then gets tougher. Here’s advice for the early, middle, and late stages of... a CEO’s tenure.
Video

Is globalization in retreat? Three global CEOs share their insights

– Faced with a backlash against globalization, executives share how they are responding to the new dynamics of international trade... to maintain competitiveness.
Article

Health system financing: Tips for emerging markets

– Many countries with emerging economies are considering health system financing transformation. Five no-regrets tips can help them... build a strong foundation for their future health system.
Article

Six digital growth strategies for banks

– Banks that know where to look can find new sources of untapped value.
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.

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