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

Emerging Markets

November 2015
Despite Brazil’s economic hardships, opportunities to create value for shareholders can be found. But companies accustomed to easy growth will need to fundamentally recalibrate their approach.
October 2015
Notions of a binary world, divided into wealthy “advanced” economies and fast-growing “emerging” economies, are outdated. Companies need a new approach to setting global strategies.
September 2015
The most entrepreneurial companies in emerging Asia are finding creative ways to navigate talent, infrastructure, and regulatory bottlenecks—and are seizing the greatest growth opportunities.
November 2014
A new and more complex phase of globalization has begun. Rather than determine whether their companies should go global, CEOs must now figure out how they can do so in a way that works for the long term.

Value Creators 

July 2015

When it comes to value creation, companies can learn a lot from those that deliver superior TSR relative to their peers despite strong economic headwinds. 

July 2015
Despite severe economic conditions in the container-shipping industry, Maersk Group has successfully navigated the turbulence, improved its value-creation performance, and outperformed its peers.
July 2015
A new focus on value creation allowed PulteGroup to fundamentally change its business model and become one of the highest-performing value creators in the industry.
July 2015
Here’s how companies can use a focus on value creation to jump-start a far-reaching organizational and business transformation.

The Growth Imperative

October 2015
Why can’t European entrepreneurs attract more private European money? Low returns are only partly to blame. Here’s how to make the market more investor friendly.
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.”


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.

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.

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.
January 2015
Successful M&A in China is not easy. Two steps are particularly daunting: regulatory approval and postmerger integration. But experience shows that both can be successfully managed.
December 2014
Done right, joint ventures can be an effective way to enter new markets, gain expertise, increase production capabilities, and expand distribution. Here’s what it takes to succeed.
October 2014
Successful serial acquirers deliver more growth and create more value from acquisitions than their peers. What explains their success?

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.