46 episodes

This podcast from Boston Consulting Group looks around the corner of today’s big business and social issues. The goal–the so what–is to make sense of today and prepare busy leaders and executives for the day after tomorrow.
Award-winning British journalist Georgie Frost interviews the leading thinkers and doers at BCG on the trends, developments, and ideas that will shape and disrupt the future. Topics range from global warming, COVID-19, business resilience, and social inequity to the influence of digital technology on everything. This is not your typical business strategy podcast.

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The So What from BCG Boston Consulting Group

    • Business
    • 4.7 • 32 Ratings

This podcast from Boston Consulting Group looks around the corner of today’s big business and social issues. The goal–the so what–is to make sense of today and prepare busy leaders and executives for the day after tomorrow.
Award-winning British journalist Georgie Frost interviews the leading thinkers and doers at BCG on the trends, developments, and ideas that will shape and disrupt the future. Topics range from global warming, COVID-19, business resilience, and social inequity to the influence of digital technology on everything. This is not your typical business strategy podcast.

This podcast uses the following third-party services for analysis:

Chartable - https://chartable.com/privacy

    The World Is Fragmented, Not Flat

    The World Is Fragmented, Not Flat

    The post–World War II order of free markets, democratic government, and global institutions is breaking apart, argues Nikolaus Lang, who leads BCG’s Global Advantage practice. With the future uncertain, companies should prepare for a range of scenarios that likely involve greater uncertainty and less global trade.  


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    • 20 min
    What We Do and Don’t Know About Generative AI

    What We Do and Don’t Know About Generative AI

    Sylvain Duranton helps companies build AI-enabled businesses. As the the global leader of BCG X, he has a front row seat to the generative AI revolution. He discusses the industries likely to face the most disruption, the future of work, and how generative AI can help solve challenges in climate and health. His advice to companies unsure how to get started? Pick a difference-making opportunity; invest adequately; upskill your people; and rethink processes to accommodate generative AI.  (Read more about the risk and reward of generative AI https://www.bcg.com/x/artificial-intelligence/generative-ai.)


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    • 22 min
    Leadership in an Era of Uncertainty and Change

    Leadership in an Era of Uncertainty and Change

    CEOs generally face either economic uncertainty (the Great Recession) or great change (the digital-driven era preceding the pandemic). Today’s leaders are facing both at the same time, explains Rich Lesser, BCG’s chair. While uncertainty requires resilience, change requires evolution. It’s hard to do both. Nonetheless, Lesser sees great potential with the advances in AI but also physical technologies such as synthetic biology. He shares insights from his own discussions with CEOs as well as from BCG's recent survey of nearly 800 global C-suite executives across all industries, CEO Outlook 2023: Caution, Optimism, and Navigating the Road Ahead.


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    • 21 min
    Social Business Needs a Net Zero

    Social Business Needs a Net Zero

    Companies and banks have often pursued social goals such as financial inclusion as an obligation rather than a business opportunity. Douglas Beal, who leads BCG’s client work with financial institutions on sustainable finance and investing, argues that doing good is also good business. Companies and banks can build profitable, sustainable social business and improve their bottom lines.  


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    • 21 min
    Financial Crime Is Everybody’s Business

    Financial Crime Is Everybody’s Business

    Financial crime has become big business. The United Nations estimates that 2%–5% of global GDP is laundering every year. If businesses—all businesses, not just banks—are not part of the solution, they are part of the problem, argues BCG’s Hanjo Seibert. Over the past ten years, half of all fines levied in financial crime cases have been regular businesses. Beyond satisfying their legal obligations, businesses can reap other benefits, such as more intimate knowledge of their customers and suppliers. In other words, compliance is good for business.  


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    • 17 min
    When Shopping and Entertainment Collide

    When Shopping and Entertainment Collide

    In Indonesia, consumers began mixing together several orders of McDonald’s soft serve ice cream into a dessert mashup. Videos of this quirky development quickly went viral, and the trend spread to Thailand. Rather than worry about losing control over its carefully crafted image, McDonald’s encouraged the activity by creating an online video ad campaign around their customers’ videos. Welcome to the crazy world of shoppertainment, which BCG projects will grow into a $1 trillion market in Asia by 2025.  


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    • 20 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
32 Ratings

32 Ratings

LauraCParkes ,

Refreshing perspectives for turbulent times

Great insights balanced with real conversation on topics that matter. A power download of quality insights and perspectives. Well worth the investment of less than half an hour.

Ines Montalvao Cunha ,

Amazing podcast

Episodes are very interesting and insightful! But also done in a funny and relatable way. Great podcast, looking forward for more episodes

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Short and useful

Great conversation - interesting responses given.

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