Strategy & Corporate Finance Insights

Igniting your next growth business

Growth outperformers prioritize expansion into business areas where they have a ‘natural ownership’ advantage.
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Global Economics Intelligence executive summary, July 2021

– Industrial activity strengthens and consumer demand returns while inflation accelerates; the pandemic wave worsens significantly
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The postpandemic board agenda: Redefining corporate resilience

– As boards move beyond crisis management, survey results suggest that specific risks and organizational issues are increasingly... top of mind.
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How executives can help sustain value creation for the long term

– Joint research from FCLTGlobal and McKinsey highlights the behaviors that can help corporate leaders and board directors sidestep... pressures and stay focused on the long term.
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Unlocking value through divestitures: Can Indian firms seize the moment?

– Divesting is a strategic capability that can add significant value. Indian companies that identify appropriate spin-offs and divestitures... and execute successfully can emerge stronger from the current crisis.
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Global Economics Intelligence executive summary, June 2021

– As the global economy emerges from the worst of the pandemic, strong growth returns, accompanied by inflation.
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Don’t overthink your approach to valuation in emerging markets

– The risks of investing in emerging markets are real, but it’s not necessary to amplify them by adding an extra risk premium... to the cost of capital. Standard valuation principles still apply. Here’s why.
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Why retail outperformers are pulling ahead

– Retailers’ relative performance in capital markets starkly demonstrates a pandemic-driven acceleration of ongoing industry... shifts. This means those that wish to keep up need to speed up.
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Why your COVID-19 exit needs ‘strategy inserts’

– Targeted updates to your strategy can help you fight incrementalism and hit the right “escape velocity” for recovering... from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Executive Briefing

How boards can help digital transformations

– Boards can add value to their business’s digital transformation in five specific areas.
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Beyond the pandemic: Eight charts on COVID-19 and the next phase of global economic growth

– Can the world economy regain more than it lost?
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Looking beyond the pandemic: Could the world economy gain more than it lost to COVID-19?

– Safeguarding lives and livelihoods in the next phase could usher in an age of health and prosperity.
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Global Economics Intelligence executive summary, May 2021

– Amid the agonies of a second pandemic year, the recovery gathers further momentum; business leaders and policy makers ponder rising... inflation.
Survey

The new digital edge: Rethinking strategy for the postpandemic era

– Our latest survey confirms that the future will belong to companies that put technology at the center of their outlook, capabilities,... and leadership mandate.
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Where are all the women innovators? Here’s a start

– These are some of the women whose devotion to innovation is inspiring.
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The essentials of healthcare innovation

– The pandemic has raised the importance of healthcare organizations actively choosing, evolving, accelerating, and extending their... innovation efforts, a new survey reveals.
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How Australian companies can reinvent themselves in 2021

– To prosper in this new era of opportunity, Australian companies need to reinvent themselves. This article lays out a detailed... path forward.
Survey

How boards have risen to the COVID-19 challenge, and what’s next

– According to a new survey, the COVID-19 crisis has accelerated operational changes and stronger collaboration between directors... and management that are key to a board’s success.
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The strategy-analytics revolution

– It’s time to bring advanced analytics into the strategy room—here’s why.
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From principle to practice: Making stakeholder capitalism work

– Just as with other business priorities, stakeholder capitalism is a matter of execution. Here are five steps to get it right.
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The CFO’s role in capability building

– Organizations developing new skills for the next normal must determine exactly how and where to invest in them. The finance leader... is uniquely suited to provide the necessary combination of insights.
Survey

The coronavirus effect on global economic sentiment

– Executives’ views on the global economy have tempered, but expectations remain largely positive.
Commentary

Should you start issuing EPS guidance again?

– You may have suspended the practice because of the COVID-19 crisis. But if you resume it now, you may miss an opportunity to improve... communications with investors.

Featured publication

Collection

Beat the odds with a bold business strategy

Learn what it takes to unlock the big moves that really matter for exceptional performance.
Book

Valuation: Measuring and Managing the Value of Companies, 7th edition

At the crossroads of corporate strategy and finance lies valuation. This book enables everyone, from the budding professional to the seasoned manager, to excel at measuring and maximizing shareholder and company value.

PODCASTS

Expert voices

Interviews and conversations with our partners on how senior management thinks about strategy and how they confront their most pressing challenges.

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Michelle Gass of Kohl’s on shifting from survival to growth

– The CEO of the US retailer describes how the COVID-19 disruption helped refocus the chain’s strategy.
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The 21st-century corporation: A conversation with Brian Chesky of Airbnb

– Airbnb’s CEO discusses how a company that flirted with demise during the pandemic turned its business around
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The Committed Innovator: A conversation with Amy Brooks of the NBA

– The National Basketball Association’s chief innovation officer explains how the league seized opportunities presented by... the past year’s disruption to test new ideas.
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Ron O’Hanley of State Street on corporate resilience and ESG

– The CEO of the US financial giant reflects on the lessons about managing environmental, social, and governance risks that the... pandemic delivered to global business.

The Strategy & Corporate Finance blog

Fresh takes on strategic growth and the latest trends in business.

Special collections

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Cash Excellence

This collection of articles and videos explores how to enhance an organization’s performance and resilience through the... application of cash management best practices, mindsets, and capabilities.
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CEO perspectives

Interviews with CEOs sharing their perspectives on corporate strategy, organization and team, external stakeholders and board... management, and their own ways of working.
Global theme

Business Resilience

Resilience is the ability of a business to withstand, adapt, and thrive in the face of shocks that are internal and external,... as well as known and unanticipated.
Collection

Bias Busters Collection

It happens to the best of us. We don’t realize that some of our decisions are affected by cognitive and organizational biases.... Here are some of the most common of those biases and ways you can address them.
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McKinsey on Finance, Number 77

– Perspectives on Corporate Finance and Strategy

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Report - McKinsey Global Institute

Will productivity and growth return after the COVID-19 crisis?

– Bold innovation by some firms under pressure of the pandemic could deliver a productivity dividend, but that depends on corporate... action broadening and robust demand.
Article

The great acceleration

– The COVID-19 crisis has intensified existing trends, widening the gap between those at the top and bottom of the power curve... of economic profit. Will your strategy keep you ahead of the accelerated pace of change?
Article

Coronavirus: 15 emerging themes for boards and executive teams

– Board directors and executives can pool their wisdom to help companies grapple with the challenge of a lifetime.
Podcast - McKinsey Global Institute

How “Hamilton” stayed alive during the pandemic: An interview with producer Jeffrey Seller

– “I’m looking at theater over the course of the next generation. And ensuring that theater is accessible to the many,... not just the few.”
Article

Organizing for sustainability success: Where, and how, leaders can start

– As sustainability becomes more of a strategic and operational imperative, executives must lead the way to set up a sustainability... organization that’s right for their companies.
Interview - McKinsey Quarterly

Much anew about ‘nudging’

– Almost 15 years after introducing a critical choice-making framework, behavioral economists Cass Sunstein and Richard Thaler reflect... on its continuing impact on business and society.
Article

SaaS and the Rule of 40: Keys to the critical value creation metric

– Investors reward SaaS companies that hit this operating performance marker, yet a surprisingly small number have been able to... do so. Here’s how more can follow their industry leaders’ example.
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

Three keys to building a more skilled postpandemic workforce

– Many companies face large, and growing, skills deficits. A few companies approach skill building in a more integrated way—and... are quietly gaining an edge on rivals.
Interactive

Nine scenarios for the COVID-19 economy

– Learn more about potential economic outcomes of the COVID-19 crisis and how global executives rate the likelihood of each one.
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Winning at private-equity integrations

– Private-equity firms use add-ons to scale portfolio companies, but poor integrations impact results. Five practices can ensure... that deals flourish.
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How to boost growth in industrial services: Better customer experience

– Customer experience is increasingly critical for industrial-services businesses—and the bar is rising. Here’s how... to exceed it.
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