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McKinsey – Building capabilities for performance


Following an initial executive survey on organizational capabilities in 2010, McKinsey ran a new survey in 2014, highlighting that capability building remains a high strategic priority for many companies. The results of this new survey are extremely interesting…

According to McKinsey, “many companies are using the same approaches to learning and skill development—namely, on-the-job teaching—that were most common in the earlier survey. Yet the responses to the latest survey on the topic suggest that organizations, to perform at their best, now focus on a different set of capabilities and different groups of employees to develop.

Amid their evolving needs and infrequent use of more novel skill-building approaches (digital or experiential learning methods, for example), executives report notable challenges in their capability-building programs”.

Capability Survey details

The online survey was in the field from May 6 to May 16, 2014, and gathered responses from 1,448 executives representing the full range of regions, industries, company sizes, functional specialties, and tenures. To adjust for differences in response rates, the data are weighted by the contribution of each respondent’s nation to global GDP.

McKinsey’s Definition of capabilities

McKinsey defines institutional capabilities as all skills, processes, tools, and systems that an organization uses as a whole to drive meaningful business results. Individual capabilities refer to training, learning, or specific skills.

According to this survey, the capabilities that companies need most have evolved, but the methods of building those skills have not.

McKinsey exhibits 7 principal findings in this attached PDF –Click here to read