Are you a BlackBerry addict? A compulsive e-mailer? A great deal of research suggests that always-on, multitasking work environments actually sap the productivity of knowledge workers—particularly those in the C-suite. Other research shows that not all employees need or want free access to information. The articles in this package deal with the second of the Quarterly’s three priorities for executives in 2011: enhancing productivity in the face of information overload. Recovering from information overloadTom Davenport on Rethinking knowledge work: A strategic approach
This month’s highlights GOVERNANCE Making the most of the CEO’s last 100 days Departing chief executives should protect not only their companies but also their legacies by leaving the organization in the best possible shape.
CORPORATE FINANCE A return to deal making in 2010 M&A volumes rose last year for the first time since the financial crisis. Capital markets think that deals generated greater value too.
BUSINESS TECHNOLOGY IT growth and global change: A conversation with Ray Kurzweil In this video interview, the inventor, businessman, and author explains how the exponential growth of information technologies will transform organizations and pose new opportunities—and hurdles—for business and society alike.
MEDIA & ENTERTAINMENT The Web’s €100 billion surplus Consumers get the bulk of it through free services like social networks. Will industry dynamics shift as providers and advertisers aim for a bigger share?
ECONOMIC STUDIES The era of cheap capital draws to a close Interest rates are rising in the long term. Businesses will have to adapt, while governments must prevent an era of creeping financial protectionism.
The focus in Davos Global leaders gathered for the World Economic Forum amid the crosswinds of a global economic recovery and new competitive challenges, particularly from emerging markets. In this package of new and recently published content, practitioners and McKinsey experts offer insights and ideas on key topics for participants.
What Matters: How big can cities get? As demand for urban space grows, builders are creating new kinds of cities, including some that are “smart,” some that are almost instant, and some that are nearly attached to airports. What Matters posts dispatches from around the world on these new urban forms.
McKinsey Classics What companies get wrong in recessions Most executives focus on operations in recessions and mount transformational initiatives only in good times. But tough operating pressures limit managers to existing capabilities, despite the need to adapt to a constantly changing marketplace.
Chart Focus The real cost of obesity Health care systems throughout the world are under pressure from an obesity pandemic. The United Kingdom, for instance, spent more than £4 billion on obesity-related medical costs in 2007, and the United States spends about $160 billion. Yet these huge numbers represent only a fraction of the pandemic’s total economic burden.