Ten most popular articles with McKinsey.com readers

July 1, 2015

Most popular with mckinsey.com readers

1. The eight essentials of innovation

2. The four global forces breaking all the trends

3. Are you ready to decide?

4. Decoding leadership: What really matters

5. Ascending to the C-suite

6. The simple rules of disciplined innovation

7. Strategy under uncertainty

8. Toward a new HR philosophy

9. Our gambling culture

10. Learning from South Korea’s mobile-retailing boom

The eight essentials of innovation

April 30, 2015

The eight essentials of innovationApril 2015, Marc de Jong, Nathan Marston, and Erik Roth, McKinsey Quarterly

Harnessing the Power of Shifting Global Flows – McKinsey & Company

February 19, 2015

McKinsey & Company – Harnessing the Power of Shifting Global Flows February 2015

How to Build – BBC2 series

November 20, 2011

Britain’s iconic and secretive engineering companies reveal how they build the world’s most amazing machines.

Episode 1 – How to Make a super jumbo (A380) wing

Episode 2 – How to Make a McLaren MP4-12C super car

Episode 3 – How to Make a satellite

Entrepreneurs talk about how to build businesses

August 31, 2010

BBC News business website has some excellent presentations by entrepreneurs:-

Mike Lynch, founder of Autonomy plc

Dom Sagolla, DollarApp – and one of the creators of Twitter

Kevin Surace, Serious Materials – “clean tech”

Jasmine Montgomery, Seven Brands

Emma Bridgewater, Emma Bridgewater pottery

The dark side of entrepreneurship

May 26, 2010

BBC business editor Robert Peston talks to some of Britain’s most successful business people about the effect that their traumatic childhood had on them in his radio documentary “The Entrepreneur’s Wound“. Features interviews with Sir Stuart Rose of Marks and Spencer, Damon Buffini of Permira, Sir Gulam Noon, Vincent Tchenguiz and Professor Manfred Kets de Vries of INSEAD.

Sir Tim Berners-Lee talks about the future of the internet

March 17, 2008

Sir Tim Berners-Lee, British inventor of the World Wide Web, has been on a short visit to Britain from his base at MIT in Boston, during which he met government ministers, academics and major corporations, to promote a new subject, Web Science.

This is a multi-disciplinary effort to study the web and try to guide its future. Sir Tim explained that there were now more web pages than there are neurons in the human brain, yet the shape and growth of the web were still not properly understood.

“We should look out for snags in the future,” he said, pointing to the way email had been swamped by spam as an example of how things could go wrong. “Things can change so fast on the internet.” But he promised that what web scientists would produce over the coming years “will blow our minds”.

The creator of the web has said consumers need to be protected against systems which can track their activity on the internet. Sir Tim Berners-Lee told BBC News he would change his internet provider if it introduced such a system. Plans by leading internet providers to use Phorm, a company which tracks web activity to create personalised adverts, have sparked controversy. Sir Tim said he did not want his ISP to track which websites he visited.

See video interview at BBC News        Monday, 17 March 2008, 12:26 GMT

Semi-final of UBC

January 31, 2008

Tuesday 29 January

Our team won their semi-final of the UBC Universities Business Challenge at the Portsmouth Royal Navy Museum. The team departed Cambridge at 5:15am and arrived back at 7:45pm.

The four German final year students at won the first UBC semi-final, beating seven other university teams. They now go into the finals on 7 March at IBM in London. They played a long strategy and steadily improved their relative position through the four rounds of the semi-final business simulation challenge.

The heats for the UBC competition were held from September to December 2007, with 232 university teams competing in 29 heats of 8 teams. The top 3 teams from each heat proceeded to the semis.

UBC team at work in the semi-finals

The Entrepreneurship Myth

January 26, 2008

Author of the “The Illusions of Entrepreneurship” Scott Shane seeks to dispel popular illusions about startups—starting with the myth that founders earn more than they would as employees.

Business Week     January 23, 2008, 10:48AM EST

Social and Environmental Responsibility and the Small Business Owner

January 23, 2008

This report, published by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) in January 2008, provides an important snapshot of the views of small businesses on social and environmental responsibility today. It shows that most small businesses are intrinsically responsible business owners.To quote one small business owner on corporate social responsibility (CSR) ‘it is simply a part of doing business in a successful and profitable manner in the 21st century and not some stand – alone concept that is bolted on later.’