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McKinsey on Finance

Experts and practitioners from McKinsey's Corporate Finance practice talk about value-creating strategies and the translation of those strategies into company performance. The podcast is a complement to the firm's quarterly publication, McKinsey on Finance.

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Starting from zero

Zero-based budgeting is an old financial management approach that is experiencing a resurgence. But why this -- and why now? McKinsey’s Wigbert Bohm, an expert in the field, helps us understand how digitization has given new life to ZBB, the benefits it offers, and how to implement it in both large and small organizations. Read more > Listen to the podcast (duration: 16:18) >  


14 Dec 2018

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Toward faster separations

McKinsey’s Obi Ezekoye and Andy West share insights on the most effective ways to part with assets. Successful divestors “move slow to move fast”: They carefully think through all the strategic and operational considerations before making a public announcement. Then they use a careful, systematic process for assessing exactly what and when to divest, as well as how to manage the task most efficiently. Read more > Listen to the podcast (duration: 16:18) >  


12 Dec 2018

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Reflections on digital M&A

What exactly is digital M&A and how does it compare to garden-variety dealmaking? Read more > Listen to the podcast (duration: 16:18) >  


19 Oct 2017

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How CFOs can help companies navigate the growing influence of activist investors

McKinsey’s Snezhana Otto and Justin Sanders discuss the CFO’s role in a changing activist landscape. Read more > Listen to the podcast (duration: 22:10) >  


12 Jun 2017

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M&A 2016: Bullish on M&A

M&A activity slowed in 2016: The number of deals decreased as did the combined value of them. Are we seeing an end to the M&A wave we’ve been experiencing since 2009? McKinsey’s Michael Park and Werner Rehm put recent trends into context and provide an optimistic outlook for future deals. Read more > Listen to the podcast (duration: 17:38) >  


23 Mar 2017

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How activist investors are changing public company boards

Rotman professor and experienced board director David Beatty considers several profound changes. Read more > Listen to the podcast (duration: 21:14) >  


23 Jan 2017

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The CFO's role in war gaming

With an emphasis on analytics, CFOs are uniquely positioned to lead a war gaming exercise. Read more > Listen to the podcast (duration: 22:10) >  


20 Dec 2016

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A closer look at the growth of M&A from China

What’s behind the uptick in China M&A—and what does it mean for companies elsewhere? Read more > Listen to the podcast (duration: 24:10) >  


24 Aug 2016

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When should companies sell off their accounts receivable?

One way companies can raise immediate capital or mitigate the risk of being able to collect on their accounts receivable is to sell them off to a third party -- otherwise known as “factoring.” What is it, how does it work, and under what circumstances should a company factor? Read more > Listen to the podcast (duration: 21:12) >  


6 May 2016

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What’s changing in board governance—a conversation with Bill Huyett

Board governance has changed in recent years, with transparency and visibility into the role increasing just as the pendulum swings between the demands of regulatory compliance and the strategic needs of companies. In this podcast, McKinsey’s Bill Huyett joins Werner Rehm to talk about how board governance has changed—and how CEOs and CFOs can work together to improve a company’s performance. Read more > Listen to the podcast (duration: 32:02) >  


9 Feb 2016

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