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Why your next transformation should be ‘all in’

Improve the odds of a successful business transformation by going “all in” to kick-start performance and remake your portfolio.

The helix organization

– Separating people-leadership tasks from day-to-day business leadership can help organizations strike a better balance between... centralization and decentralization, reduce complexity, and embrace agility.

Automation and economic disparity: A new challenge for CEOs

– The automation age could widen economic disparities between high-growth cities and struggling rural areas, thus affecting where... companies hire, invest, and locate.

The analytics academy: Bridging the gap between human and artificial intelligence

– As organizations rebuild their foundations to compete in the era of data and advanced analytics, in-house capability-building... programs offer the best way to train workers up to the task.

The latest Five Fifty

Slow burn

McKinsey Quarterly Five Fifty—It’s axiomatic that as economies grow, energy demand increases at a similar rate. But renewables may finally break the connection.

The Magazine

Issue

The drumbeat of digital

– Looks at why companies should up the pace of digital-change efforts, explores the keys to successful M&A, and highlights the importance of shifting the mind-sets and behaviors that hold back organizations.

In this issue

The drumbeat of digital: How winning teams play

– Pace and power go hand in hand for digital leaders, which typically run four times faster and pull critical strategic levers two... times harder than other companies do.

Admit it, your investments are stuck in neutral

– New research shows that companies that know how to shift critical resources where and when they’re needed share common traits.... Rigor is the first one.

Bias busters: Knowing when to kill a project

– You’re keen on encouraging innovation and letting a thousand flowers bloom, but how do you sort the weeds from the seeds?

2018 Issues

The new enterprise DNA

– Looks at how data, technologies, and design are changing the makeup of today’s companies; why it’s essential to have... a bold, agile digital strategy; and how to help your employees find more meaning in their work.

Data culture

– Explores how leaders can build a corporate culture in harmony with analytics efforts, suggests how to unleash agile teams, and... discusses the importance of maintaining employees’ health and well-being.

Taking aim with talent

– Asks what it takes to lead a people-first organization, shows how senior executives can get more comfortable with complexity,... and explores digital tools to link top talent with a company’s strategic opportunities.

Games in the strategy room

– Shows how companies can unlock big strategic moves to boost their odds of success, why competing in the digital age demands an... agile organization, and how to navigate advances in artificial intelligence.

Columns

McKinsey Quarterly Columns

Personal perspectives on top management topics

Bias busters: Knowing when to kill a project

– You’re keen on encouraging innovation and letting a thousand flowers bloom, but how do you sort the weeds from the seeds?

Bias busters: Premortems: Being smart at the start

– Conducting a premortem can help teams anticipate project failure—and head it off at the pass.

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