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Incumbents should go on the attack with their own online exchanges. Few incumbents, however, are responding with platform moves of their own.

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There may be a premium for making early moves. Our research indicates, however, that executives may underestimate how close they are to an industry tipping point.

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Many debate the relevance of benchmarking in the steel industry. Although many do well on these measures, price and margin pressures are relentless—so achieving a competitive cost position remains high on the agenda, year after year.

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High uncertainty and low growth have already forced manufacturers to squeeze every asset for maximum value. Analyzing data from hundreds of sensors with information on 1,000 different parameters, advanced analytics revealed that high pressure and high temperature, together with several other factors, correlated with the breakdowns.

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Technologies and customer expectations have changed faster than marketing organizations. The truth is, while the proliferation of new channels and technologies has dramatically changed the environment in which marketers operate, the way they organize and approach their tasks has stayed more or less the same.

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Data protection has always been important.

Europe is on the brink of a sea change in its data-protection laws.

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The roots of organic growth [0.13]

Posted on Aug. 11, 2017, 12:57 p.m. by McKinsey Insights & Publications @ [source]

There are many paths to growth, and high performers take more than one—supported by reinforcing capabilities such as advanced analytics and digital customer-experience management.

Growth is a tonic for most companies.

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Whether people in the United States believe they can thrive economically in a digitally disrupted world depends strongly on the amount of education they’ve attained, according to a new survey.

When asked whether they have the skills to succeed, Americans with a high-school diploma or less are nearly twice as likely as those with college degrees or more to say they do not know (27 percent and 15 percent, respectively).

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Fostering dignity through work [0.27]

Posted on Aug. 10, 2017, 2:09 p.m. by McKinsey Insights & Publications @ [source]

Business can’t only be about driving shareholder value, says Allstate CEO Tom Wilson. Business creates prosperity.

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As artificial intelligence alters work done in all manner of industries, companies and governments can help workers transition by supporting incomes and facilitating skills training.

The pressure is on for companies and governments to address the ways that artificial intelligence (AI) is altering the future of work.

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In transitioning to the role of chief data officer, the first 100 days are crucial. But as one of the more recent additions to the C-suite, the CDO role can be ambiguous and unclear.

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Successfully scaling agile starts with a strategy that’s consistent from the front lines to the C-suite.

Another key to scaling is creating two communities of champions.

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Companies that pay close attention to the trends and shifts affecting growth and productivity can help create a new societal deal for prosperity. In this episode of the McKinsey Podcast, senior partner Sven Smit and senior expert Ezra Greenberg speak with McKinsey Quarterly editor in chief Allen Webb about how companies need to focus keenly on sweeping global forces that affect growth, productivity, and societal prosperity.

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Five forces of blockchain technology could affect the creative economy. We have framed these as “five forces” (exhibit).

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For the third year in a row, no bank failed the Comprehensive Capital Analysis and Review (CCAR) on quantitative grounds. And while regulatory uncertainty remains a challenge, banks have more to do to prepare for CCAR 2018 and to build their longer-term approach for stress testing.

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Recently, Merck executive board member and CEO of Merck Healthcare Belén Garijo sat down with McKinsey’s Georg Nederegger to discuss what’s next for the pharma industry.

McKinsey: Looking ahead, where do you see the biggest growth opportunities for the pharma industry in general and Merck in particular?

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China is already more digitized than many observers appreciate and has the potential to set the world’s digital frontier in coming decades.

China has one of the most active digital-investment and start-up ecosystems in the world, according to a new discussion paper from the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), China’s digital economy: A leading global force.

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The role of 3-D printing in today’s metal market is quite small.

Today, 3-D printing is a very small part of the metals industry, but it is growing rapidly and this market is expected to be worth as much as $10 billion by 2030 to 2035.

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

For the past two years, Majid Al Futtaim has been led by Alain Bejjani, a lawyer by training, with a career spanning more than ten years within the Group.

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Only a few actions matter, and they require the CEO’s attention.

That said, statistically speaking, four sets of interventions appear to matter most: contextualizing the program based on the organization’s position and strategy, ensuring sufficient reach across the organization, designing the program for the transfer of learning, and using system reinforcement to lock in change (Exhibit 2).

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