Corporate Development & Finance


Corporate Development & Finance

CD Podcast Series 2014 M&A Report Innovation & Growth Divestiture Private Equity Mergers Acquisitions Risk Management

Managing for TSR


September 2015
Board members should engage regularly with senior managers to examine value creation alternatives, and then pursue the ones that generate the greatest shareholder value.
August 2015
Management and boards can beat activists at their own game by viewing the company through the activists’ lens and preemptively crafting superior value-creation plans.
February 2014
The best defense against activist investors is to borrow directly from their playbook. Examine your company as an activist would.

Value Patterns

September 2013
Three winners in the 2013 Value Creators rankings show how business leaders can use value patterns to unlock new sources of value.
September 2012

Two winners in the 2012 Value Creators rankings illustrate how to develop a value creation strategy that truly fits a company’s starting position and opportunity set.

June 2012
To understand how value patterns work, consider the story of the one we call high-value brands.
April 2012
A CEO who develops an explicit corporate investment thesis—as professional investors do—can create a coherent process for managing a company’s strategic choices.

Value Creators 

May 2015

There’s been a small but noticeable increase in bullishness—an indication, perhaps, that investors see global equity markets entering a new period of stability.

The CFO Agenda

March 2015
Before investing in new performance management systems, leaders need to identify the metrics that really matter and design processes for translating data into effective decision making.
December 2013
Big data is transforming business. But the transformation isn’t complete without the element of speed. Learn how fast data unleashes the power of big data.
April 2013
Managing risk involves more than complex financial models and formal risk-management systems. Here are ten basic principles that should govern the art of risk management.

Forging Relationships

September 2015
Chinese acquirers complete just 67 percent of their outbound M&A deals, often because of flawed strategies and ineffective deal management. Here’s how to improve that record.

Corporate Strategy

August 2014
Recent research by BCG and Technical University Bergakademie Freiberg highlights success factors—and raises caution flags—for executives considering business portfolio restructurings.
April 2014
Research points to better capital management and portfolio streamlining as the key levers that diversified companies can apply to overcome the “conglomerate discount.”
July 2014
One of the most powerful tools available to CEOs and CFOs to promote growth is their company’s approach to capital allocation across its portfolio of businesses.
May 2013
How can corporate centers make their business portfolios worth more than the sum of their parts? By translating parenting strategy into organizational design. Here’s how.

The Growth Imperative

June 2014
There’s more to innovation than internal R&D and traditional M&A. Incubators, accelerators, corporate venturing, and strategic partnerships can kick-start innovation—and growth—at your company.
January 2014
How have some companies found growth despite the odds? BCG research offers lessons from “uphill growers.”
October 2013
Leaders at top-performing organizations see opportunities everywhere, pursue them relentlessly, and never think that their job is done. For these leaders, there is always more commercial space to be conquered.