Strategy & Corporate Finance Insights

Why you’ve got to put your portfolio on the move

We analyzed hundreds of companies, worldwide, across a decade-long business cycle. The conclusion? Winners change their business mix, year after year. Laggards sit still.

The CEO moment: Leadership for a new era

July 21, 2020 – Challenged by the global pandemic, CEOs have made four shifts in the way they lead that hold great promise for both companies...

The one task the CFO should not delegate: Integrations

July 14, 2020 – The numbers show that when the finance chief is directly involved in identifying potential synergies, transformation and value-creation...

The great acceleration

July 14, 2020 – The COVID-19 crisis has intensified existing trends, widening the gap between those at the top and bottom of the power curve...

Innovation in a crisis: Why it is more critical than ever

June 17, 2020 – Prioritizing innovation today is the key to unlocking postcrisis growth.

Economic Conditions Snapshot, June 2020: IRST Global Survey results

June 30, 2020 – A new survey confirms COVID-19’s historic effects on the economy and on businesses. While executives report new risks to growth,...

Demystifying modeling: How quantitative models can—and can’t—explain the world

June 25, 2020 – The COVID-19 crisis has brought quantitative models to the forefront. Here are some ways that modeling helps us—as long...

The value of value creation

June 16, 2020 – Long-term value creation can—and should—take into account the interests of all stakeholders.

Leading with purpose and humanity: A conversation with Hubert Joly

June 18, 2020 – Best Buy’s former chairman and CEO reflects on a business’s reason for being by defining it around purpose and humanity, the link...


Beat the odds with a bold business strategy

Learn what it takes to unlock the big moves that really matter for exceptional performance.

Valuation: Measuring and Managing the Value of Companies, 7th edition

At the crossroads of corporate strategy and finance lies valuation. This book enables everyone, from the budding professional to the seasoned manager, to excel at measuring and maximizing shareholder and company value.


Expert voices

Interviews and conversations with our partners on how senior management thinks about strategy and how they confront their most pressing challenges.

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The committed innovator: A discussion with investor Kevin O’Leary

July 10, 2020 – The star of entrepreneur competition Shark Tank explains where he sees innovation opportunities in the post-COVID-19...

Choosing the right path to unlock the economy

June 30, 2020 – Uncertainty is keeping consumers from spending and businesses from investing. The road to recovery requires instilling confidence.

Transformation and resilience: An interview with Best Buy’s executive chairman Hubert Joly

June 25, 2020 – Hubert Joly shares lessons from leading the turnaround of the retail and technology giant and how it prepared him and the company...

The war on the coronavirus

June 12, 2020 – Three top military leaders offer lessons from the front lines of managing deadly crises.

The Strategy & Corporate Finance blog

Fresh takes on strategic growth and the latest trends in business.


IRST Global Economics Intelligence

Provides macroeconomic data and analysis of the world economy

Business Resilience

In the face of a crisis or economic slowdown, resilient organizations ride out uncertainty instead of being overpowered by it.

Bias Busters Collection

It happens to the best of us. We don’t realize that some of our decisions are affected by cognitive and organizational biases....

IRST on Finance, Number 74

June 29, 2020 – Perspectives on Corporate Finance and Strategy

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Leadership in a crisis: Responding to the coronavirus outbreak and future challenges

March 16, 2020 – For many executives, the coronavirus pandemic is a crisis unlike any other in recent times. Five leadership practices can help...

The innovation commitment

October 24, 2019 – To catalyze breakthrough growth, leaders must set bold aspirations, make tough choices, and mobilize resources at scale.

Coronavirus: 15 emerging themes for boards and executive teams

June 2, 2020 – Board directors and executives can pool their wisdom to help companies grapple with the challenge of a lifetime.

Rewriting the playbook: How Union Pacific is conducting business during the pandemic

July 31, 2020 – The chairman and CEO of a railroad heavyweight reflects on what keeps him going, how past challenges have prepared him for today’s,...

How Asia’s largest pharma is leveraging its values to navigate the COVID-19 crisis

July 30, 2020 – Christophe Weber, CEO of Takeda Pharmaceuticals, discusses challenges to globalization, principles in the face of crises, and...

Women as the next wave of growth in US wealth management

July 29, 2020 – An unprecedented amount of assets will shift into the hands of US women over the next three to five years, representing a $30...

Five Fifty: The quickening

July 28, 2020 – If you’re feeling whiplash, it might be the ten years forward we just jumped in 90 days’ time.

The long haul: How leaders can shift mindsets and behaviors to reopen safely

July 28, 2020 – The influence model is not only a template for organizational transformation but also a solid guide to crafting a sustainable...

To lead in the postcrisis tomorrow, put leadership and capabilities in place today

July 28, 2020 – Amid the crisis, companies have learned to work faster and manage better. Strategies that continually refresh those lessons through...

The coronavirus effect on global economic sentiment

July 27, 2020 – In North America and developing markets, respondents’ economic outlook is less favorable than in June. Across regions, views are...

How the State Bank of India is learning from crisis

July 24, 2020 – Rajnish Kumar, chairman of India’s largest bank, discusses COVID-19, digital transformation, and the future of work in financial...