Can we really measure diversity and inclusion?

March 19, 2019
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By Jeff Sorensen and Carolyn Lee When assessing diversity and inclusion (D&I) programs, you have to figure out where you are before you can decide where you want to go. This means measuring the progress of D&I policies in all facets of an organization: employee recruitment, hiring, retention, promotions, leadership involvement and even exits. Only […]

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Manufacturers: Can blockchain fix your pain points?

March 5, 2019
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By Jeff Sorensen Interest in the transformative potential of blockchain has never been greater. Though the highest-profile uses for the technology so far have been in the financial services sector, executives across industries and around the world are asking themselves whether it can make a difference for their businesses. Indeed, when we surveyed 600 executives […]

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Decline in December housing starts

February 26, 2019
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By Scott Volling After an almost 6-week delay as a result of the government shutdown, December housing starts were released today.  Originally planned for release on January 17th, December starts came in at 1,078,000, almost 11% below December 2017 levels and almost 14% below the consensus number of 1,250,000.  Permits fared better at 1,326,000 for […]

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Talking Tax rewind: Impact of midterm elections and budget deficit on tax legislation, trade policy, and tax reform regulatory guidance

February 19, 2019
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By John Livingstone I recently hosted the latest installment of our popular quarterly ‘Talking Tax’ webcast series. This episode covered a number of relevant topics, including the impact of the 2018 midterm elections and the increasing budget deficit on tax legislation, trade policy, and recently released final and proposed regulatory guidance around the 2017 tax […]

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The new trade era unleashes a flood of strategic questions for the C-Suite

February 7, 2019
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By Rajiv Jetli and Sebastian de Meel As the contours of global trade shift around new pacts and policies — including the newly forged U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), US-China tariffs, and the on-going Transpacific Partnership — top executives are beset by a growing list of questions about how they’ll respond. Indeed, the calculus of cross-border trade […]

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The Fight for the Future of Mobility

February 4, 2019
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By Brandon Mason January is a hectic month for the automotive industry. The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, where autonomous vehicles have been increasingly prominent in recent years, kicks off a three-week stretch that also includes the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) and Automotive News World Congress (ANWC), both in Detroit, and […]

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Who are the high-leverage innovators in Chemicals & Energy?

January 31, 2019
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By Barry Jaruzelski and Sarah Rodriguez Certain companies consistently outperform their competitors. How do they do this? In our 2018 Global Innovation 1000 study, which includes the 1,000 publicly held companies that spent the most on research and development, we looked at R&D spending trends and financial results over the last 15 years. We found […]

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A grassroots movement: How employee groups are driving diversity and inclusion in the industrial sectors

January 29, 2019
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By Niloufar Molavi and Carolyn Lee The needs and demographics of the American workforce are changing and, as we explored a few months ago in a white paper released jointly by PwC and The Manufacturing Institute—the social impact and workforce arm of the National Association of Manufacturers—manufacturers in all sectors industrials, consumer markets, technology and […]

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Strong A&D Deal Activity to Continue in 2019

January 25, 2019
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By Scott Thompson and Bob Long The global aerospace and defense (A&D) sector wrapped up 2018 with strong M&A activity, and we believe this momentum will continue into 2019, but with a slight shift in strategy. In 2019, we believe A&D deal activity will more prominently feature large A&D companies focusing on transformation through acquisitions […]

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Metals Industry Nearly Doubles M&A Value in 2018 Despite Decrease in Number of Deals

January 24, 2019
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By Mike Tomera and Brian Kelly 2018 was a rollercoaster year for M&A activity in the metals industry. We saw the return of megadeals, which were absent in 2017, play a major role in the spikes and dips of deal value on a quarterly basis. Overall, their return helped nearly double total deal value from […]

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