134 episodes

We talk with McKinsey partners and corporate executives on the challenges they face creating lasting strategies in a fast-changing world. We also examine the different ways these executives approach these challenges and the new and innovative ways they think of creating a vision for their enterprises.

Inside the Strategy Room McKinsey Strategy & Corporate Finance

    • Business
    • 4.2 • 118 Ratings

We talk with McKinsey partners and corporate executives on the challenges they face creating lasting strategies in a fast-changing world. We also examine the different ways these executives approach these challenges and the new and innovative ways they think of creating a vision for their enterprises.

    135. Richard Rumelt on what separates good strategy from bad

    135. Richard Rumelt on what separates good strategy from bad

    In this episode, we hear from Richard Rumelt. Richard has been called, “A giant in the field of strategy.” He is the Harry and Elsa Kunin Chair Emeritus at the UCLA Anderson School of Management and a founding member and former president of the Strategic Management Society.

    He is also the author of Good Strategy/Bad Strategy: The Difference and Why it Matters, and in this episode he’ll explain how to circumvent what he calls, “the contagion of bad strategy.” His reflections are based on his latest book, The Crux: How Leaders Become Strategists.

    Richard is joined by our communications director, Sean Brown, and Yuval Atsmon, a senior partner based in our London office.

    Learn more about Richard’s book: https://thecruxbook.com/

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    • 44 min
    134. How to embed ESG into resource allocation decisions

    134. How to embed ESG into resource allocation decisions

    Resource allocation decisions are one of the clearest manifestations of a company’s strategic choices. By embedding ESG (or environmental, social, and governance) metrics and targets into those decisions, business leaders can progress from talking about ESG targets to intentionally creating the conditions by which those targets can be achieved.

    To discuss how to effectively allocate resources towards ESG priorities, Sean Brown is joined by Matt Stone and Fabian Apel. Matt is a partner in our London office and an expert on sustainability and ESG issues. His work focuses on helping companies navigate the energy transition. Fabian is an associate partner also based in London.
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    • 24 min
    133. Digital ecosystems: Creating value in the new age of sectors without borders

    133. Digital ecosystems: Creating value in the new age of sectors without borders

    In this episode, we hear from McKinsey senior partner Miklós Dietz on the subject of the forthcoming book he has coauthored with Venkat Atluri titled, ‘The Ecosystem Economy: How to Lead in the New Age of Sectors Without Borders.’ The book offers an incisive and eye-opening look at the emerging ecosystem economy and what it means for companies used to familiar sector siloes. We recorded Miklós speaking at an event for aspiring CEOs that McKinsey held in San Diego earlier this year. He explored how the most successful companies in the new economy aren’t the ones that have applied old-school best practices but, instead, have adopted entirely new mindsets and approaches for a fundamentally transforming market.

    Pre-order ‘The Ecosystem Economy: How to Lead in the New Age of Sectors Without Borders’: https://www.amazon.com/Ecosystem-Revolution-Sectors-Without-Borders/dp/1119984785

    Contact Miklós Gábor Dietz:https://www.mckinsey.com/our-people/miklos-dietz

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    • 33 min
    132. Tim Koller reflects on 20 years of McKinsey on Finance

    132. Tim Koller reflects on 20 years of McKinsey on Finance

    In this episode, Tim Koller joins us again for the second of our two-part series celebrating two decades of McKinsey on Finance. Tim is the co-author of the best-selling book, Valuation, and helped to launch and steer our publication, McKinsey on Finance, through 80 issues over the past 20 years. Tim reflects on changes in the corporate finance and valuation landscape that have taken place over the last two decades in a wide-ranging conversation with the editor of McKinsey on Finance, David Schwartz. David is an executive editor at McKinsey based in our Tel Aviv office.


    Read Tim’s article, ‘Reflections on 20 years of McKinsey on Finance—and three challenges ahead’: https://www.mckinsey.com/business-functions/strategy-and-corporate-finance/our-insights/reflections-on-20-years-of-mckinsey-on-finance-and-three-challenges-ahead

    Download McKinsey on Finance:https://www.mckinsey.com/business-functions/strategy-and-corporate-finance/our-insights/mckinsey-on-finance


    Read ‘Valuation: Measuring and Managing the Value of Companies, 7th edition’: https://www.mckinsey.com/business-functions/strategy-and-corporate-finance/our-insights/valuation-measuring-and-managing-the-value-of-companies

    Contact Tim Koller:https://www.mckinsey.com/our-people/tim-koller

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    • 33 min
    131. The timeless truths of corporate finance–and three challenges ahead

    131. The timeless truths of corporate finance–and three challenges ahead

    In this episode we celebrate the 20th anniversary of our quarterly journal, McKinsey on Finance. We discuss the timeless truths of corporate finance, highlight three urgent challenges facing companies today, and look at how the fundamentals of finance can help business leaders address them.

    Sean Brown is joined by Tim Koller, a partner in our Denver office who oversees McKinsey on Finance and helps lead our global team of corporate finance consultants. Tim is also co-author of the best-selling book ‘Valuation’, now in its seventh edition with nearly a million copies sold.

    Joining Tim and Sean
    for today’s conversation is Obi Ezekoye, a partner in our Minneapolis office and an expert on M&A integrations and divestitures. Obi serves global energy and materials clients. Also with us is Werner Rehm, a partner in our New Jersey office who leads our Strategy Analytics Center and serves high tech, industrial, and pharmaceutical clients.

    Read Tim’s article, ‘Reflections on 20 years of McKinsey on Finance—and three challenges ahead’: https://www.mckinsey.com/business-functions/strategy-and-corporate-finance/our-insights/reflections-on-20-years-of-mckinsey-on-finance-and-three-challenges-ahead

    Download McKinsey on Finance:https://www.mckinsey.com/business-functions/strategy-and-corporate-finance/our-insights/mckinsey-on-finance

    Listen to episode 111. Leadership lessons from the world’s best CEOs:https://link.chtbl.com/4AiLXWHV

    Read ‘CEO Excellence: The Six Mindsets That Distinguish the Best Leaders from the Rest’:https://www.mckinsey.com/featured-insights/mckinsey-on-books/ceo-excellence

    Read ‘Valuation: Measuring and Managing the Value of Companies, 7th edition’: https://www.mckinsey.com/business-functions/strategy-and-corporate-finance/our-insights/valuation-measuring-and-managing-the-value-of-companies

    Contact Tim Koller: https://www.mckinsey.com/our-people/tim-koller
    Contact Obi Ezekoye: https://www.mckinsey.com/our-people/obi-ezekoye
    Contact Werner Rehm: https://www.mckinsey.com/our-people/werner-rehm


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    • 38 min
    130. The CEO’s guide to managing inflation

    130. The CEO’s guide to managing inflation

    In this episode, we lay out the challenges that soaring inflation presents for business leaders and chart a path forward. We are joined by two authors of a recent McKinsey Quarterly article, ‘Navigating inflation: A new playbook for CEOs’. Ezra Greenberg is a partner in our Stamford, Connecticut office and co-leads our strategic transformation services work in North America. He also leads our work on macro scenarios and trends globally, helping clients understand how these forces impact strategy and investment decisions. Asutosh Padhi is a senior partner in Chicago. He's also the managing partner for McKinsey across North America. Asutosh is part of our global leadership team and serves clients on strategies related to technology, innovation, and operating model redesign.

    Read Asutosh Padhi and Ezra Greenberg’s article:
    https://www.mckinsey.com/business-functions/strategy-and-corporate-finance/our-insights/navigating-inflation-a-new-playbook-for-ceos

    Contact Asutosh: https://www.mckinsey.com/our-people/asutosh-padhi
    Contact Ezra: https://www.mckinsey.com/our-people/ezra-greenberg

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    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

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118 Ratings

118 Ratings

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Well paced, informative, succinct

This podcast is easy to listen to, but it follows a clear structure that makes it useful for business practice and academic reference. Well produced! Please add APA7 citation data such as producer/host/publisher….

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Employee First

I really liked the strategy to focus on customer first during this challenging economical times. We are all struggling! Doing the analysis on Net Disposable was great and taking action to care for employee first.

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Valuable conversations

You can definitely pick up a thing or two from each episode. The conversations are always super engaging and filled with insightful tips that anyone can adopt into their own company to approach innovation.

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