The Making of a Megadeal: Howard Ungerleider on the Merger of Dow and DuPont

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Strategy & Corporate Finance Insights Strategy Corporate Finance Mergers & acquisitions Post merger managementThe CFO of Dow shares his experience of leading one of the most complex mergers and spinouts in history.

Reconceiving the global trade finance ecosystem

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Trade finance does not work as well as it could, particularly for the millions of smaller businesses that help fuel the global economy. Insights on Financial Services Financial Services Supply chain management Digital strategy and organization Digital Strategy

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Ensuring the Health of Your Business Partnerships

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Strategy & Corporate Finance InsightsRegular partnership check-ins are essential to make sure that, like any relationship, both sides are getting what they need.

The strategy-analytics revolution

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It’s time to bring advanced analytics into the strategy room—here’s why. Strategy & Corporate Finance Insights Analytics Strategic planning

Predictive sales forecasting: Is your finance function up to code?

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Strategy & Corporate Finance InsightsSome companies are using automation, machine learning, and advanced analytics to make the crystal ball clearer. Here’s how your company can do the same.

Finance vs Strategy

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A successful firm will need to pursue sound strategy and, at the same time, stay on top of its finances. Business Strategy consulting finance Management Consulting The financier cares about the next 3 months or less. The strategist cares about the next 3 years or more. The financier wants the deal to close as soon as possible so that he can earn his bonus.

Why your COVID-19 exit needs ‘strategy inserts’

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Targeted updates to your strategy can help you fight incrementalism and hit the right “escape velocity” for recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic. Strategy & Corporate Finance Insights Strategy Strategic planning Corporate Finance

Are scenarios limiting your pandemic recovery strategy?

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Parametric analysis can help finance chiefs expand their views of important variables for planning and decision making. Strategy & Corporate Finance Insights

Strategy at the speed of digital

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Strategy & Corporate Finance InsightsTo succeed in the digital age, companies need to significantly raise their metabolic rate.

Kevin Hostetler of Rotork on accelerating growth

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Strategy & Corporate Finance Insights Strategy & Corporate Finance Corporate strategy GrowthThe CEO of the industrial-equipment supplier shares lessons from an ambitious organizational transformation.

Measuring your strategy’s odds of success

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The authors of Strategy Beyond the Hockey Stick explain how big data can help managers set bold aspirations and overcome organizational inertia. Strategy & Corporate Finance Insights

Global Economics Intelligence executive summary, November 2021

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Strategy & Corporate Finance Insights Corporate Finance Strategy Economic StudiesIndustry indicators are broadly positive alongside persisting inflation; pandemic restrictions return to Europe; nations recommit to ambitious climate goals.

To Maximize Growth, Get Sales and Finance in Sync

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Four strategies to reduce friction between these sometimes reluctant partners. Sales Managing organizations Finance & Accounting Digital Article

Building an R&D strategy for modern times

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To serve as a company’s innovation engine, R&D strategy needs to be equipped for today’s fast-moving world. Strategy & Corporate Finance InsightsThe age of the insular R&D organization is over.

The race to create a vaccine: A conversation with Frank D’Amelio

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Strategy & Corporate Finance Insights Pharmaceuticals Strategy & Corporate Finance StrategyThe CFO of the pharmaceutical company talks about what it took to develop a COVID-19 vaccine.

Memo to the CFO: Get in front of digital finance—or get left back

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Companies are still in the early stages of applying digital technologies to finance processes in ways that will create more efficiencies, insights, and value over the long term. Strategy & Corporate Finance InsightsHere is how the CFO can lead the way.

Improving strategic outcomes with advanced analytics

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Strategy & Corporate Finance Insights Strategy Strategic planningAI and machine-learning tools can enhance strategic planning.

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The CEO agenda in 2022: Harnessing the potential of growth jolts

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Strategy & Corporate Finance Insights Leadership Managing in Uncertainty StrategyDespite uncertainties, the US economy is robust. The year ahead could jolt further growth.

Global Economics Intelligence executive summary, July 2021

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Strategy & Corporate Finance Insights Corporate Finance Economic Studies StrategyIndustrial activity strengthens and consumer demand returns while inflation accelerates; the pandemic wave worsens significantly.

The role of ESG and purpose

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Strategy & Corporate Finance Insights Strategy Regulatory strategyAnswering three questions about purpose and environmental, social, and governance issues can help business leaders zero in on what matters most for their organizations.

Global Economics Intelligence executive summary, June 2021

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Strategy & Corporate Finance Insights Corporate Finance Economic Studies StrategyAs the global economy emerges from the worst of the pandemic, strong growth returns, accompanied by inflation.

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Jumpstart a better way to do strategy

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Strategy & Corporate Finance InsightsEight practical shifts that can help management teams overcome the social games and corporate politics that doom so many bold plans to failure.

Putting stakeholder capitalism into practice

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Strategy & Corporate Finance Insights Stakeholder management StrategyWhat does it mean to embrace stakeholder capitalism? Two experts explain the rationale and the steps.

The Committed Innovator: A conversation with Tanya Baker of Goldman Sachs Accelerate

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Strategy & Corporate Finance Insights Strategy Innovation Corporate FinanceThe global leader of Goldman Sachs’ internal new business incubator on fostering innovation and entrepreneurial ventures within the firm.

Unlocking cash from your balance sheet

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Here are six strategies for releasing cash from your balance sheet. Strategy & Corporate Finance Insights Corporate FinanceOpportunities to free up cash may be hiding in plain sight.

Are you chasing the right digital assets?

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Success in digital M&A requires a clear strategy that guides target selection, due diligence, and integration. Strategy & Corporate Finance Insights Corporate strategy

Global Economics Intelligence executive summary, October 2021

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Strategy & Corporate Finance Insights Corporate Finance Economic Studies StrategyWith rising vaccination rates, surveyed economies are reopening more fully; industry and trade are expanding despite the pandemic’s knock-on effects.

Boards and the cloud

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Strategy & Corporate Finance Insights Strategy Digital strategy and organizationA shift to the cloud requires boards to weigh numerous implications, from the technology infrastructure to cybersecurity.

Global Economics Intelligence executive summary, September 2021

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Strategy & Corporate Finance Insights Corporate Finance Economic Studies StrategyRapid growth and strong demand bump against pandemic-related disruptions; energy prices surge, but long-term inflation expectations remain moderate.

When bigger isn’t always better

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Strategy & Corporate Finance Insights Strategy Corporate FinanceThe recent spate of spin-off announcements reveals the limits of diversification as well as some of the potential value-creating benefits of separations.

The 21st-century corporation: A conversation with Brian Chesky of Airbnb

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Strategy & Corporate Finance Insights Corporate strategy Managing in Uncertainty Corporate FinanceAirbnb’s CEO discusses how a company that flirted with demise during the pandemic turned its business around.

Simon Pryce of Ultra Electronics on growth

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Strategy & Corporate Finance Insights Strategy Alliances Corporate Finance Mergers & acquisitionsHere’s how he turned an aggregation of acquisitions into a cohesive innovation engine.

Emphasizing the S in ESG

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How PayPal has made societal impact and purpose the guiding lights of its strategy. Strategy & Corporate Finance Insights Strategy Regulatory strategy Stakeholder management

Seeing your way to better strategy

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Viewing strategy choices through four lenses—financial performance, markets, competitive advantage, and operating model—can help companies debias their strategic dialogues and make big, bold changes. Strategy & Corporate Finance Insights

Eight shifts that will take your strategy into high gear

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Developing a great strategy starts with changing the dynamics in your strategy room. Strategy & Corporate Finance InsightsHere’s how.

Unlocking value through divestitures: Can Indian firms seize the moment?

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Strategy & Corporate Finance Insights India Corporate Finance Corporate strategy StrategyDivesting is a strategic capability that can add significant value.

The Committed Innovator: A conversation with Amy Brooks of the NBA

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Strategy & Corporate Finance Insights Innovation Managing in Uncertainty Strategy Corporate FinanceThe National Basketball Association’s chief innovation officer explains how the league seized opportunities presented by the past year’s disruption to test new ideas.

How to confront uncertainty in your strategy

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Lack of certainty about the future is the very reason you need a strategy. Strategy & Corporate Finance InsightsInstead, embrace probability.

Bias busters: Don’t steer your strategy by the wrong star

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Strategy & Corporate Finance InsightsLeaders’ plans may falter if they’re relying on superficial analogies to find answers to their biggest problems.

COVID-19: Strategies for getting ahead of the pandemic crisis

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Strategy & Corporate Finance InsightsEven as organizations focus on the immediate business shocks, they need to plan for the postcrisis world. Here is how to respond to a disruption for which there are no playbooks.