Value Creation: Strategies for the Chemical Industry

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Corporate performance has increasingly come to be judged by shareholder value in the last few years, and chemical companies are among those embracing the trend. Written by an international team of leading experts from the prestigious top management consultancy McKinsey & Company, this book provides a guide to value creation for chemical companies which is based on first-hand experience gained in hundreds of strategic and operational consulting engagements in the industry, as well as extensive research projects.
The book discusses today's challenges in an ever more rapidly changing business world. What is the relevance of capital markets to strategic decision making in chemical companies? What strategic paradigms currently apply to the industry? How can the selected strategies be implemented successfully? This book presents a detailed examination of innovative and traditional ways to create value, and offers authoritative information on the required management approaches. It includes some important recently emerging aspects such as the impact of e-commerce, biotechnology, and the role of financial investors.
Although mainly directed at managers in the chemical industry, the knowledge contained in this comprehensive introduction to the area has sufficient general validity to benefit scientists, engineers, investors, students, and anyone else dealing with management issues in this and related fields.

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Written by a global team of top managers and senior McKinsey experts, this expanded and completely revised second edition provides a wide-ranging manual on the subject of value creation in the chemical industry.

Drawing on extensive first-hand management experience, several hundred consulting engagements, and in-depth research projects, the authors outline the key ingredients for managing chemical companies successfully. The book addresses in detail key issues of strategy and industry structure, describes best practice in the core functions of the chemical business system, looks at the state of the art in organization and post-merger management, and covers a selection of the most important current topics such as industrial biotechnology, the role of private equity, and the chemical landscape in China.

Although mainly directed at executives and managers in the chemical industry, the knowledge contained in this comprehensive overview will also benefit scientists, engineers, investors, students, and anyone else dealing with management issues in this sector.

About the Author:

Florian Budde is a Director in the Frankfurt office of McKinsey & Company, Inc. He co-leads the firm's European Chemicals Practice and has served a large number of chemical clients on strategic, organizational, and operational issues, with an emphasis on capital market-oriented corporate strategy. Earlier in his career, he was based in McKinsey's Seoul Office for two years. He holds a PhD in physical chemistry.

Utz-Hellmuth Felcht is Chairman of the Board of Management of Degussa AG and a member of the Board of Management of RAG Aktiengesellschaft, as well as holding a number of other Supervisory Board positions. He also serves as Vice President of the German Chemical Industry Association (VCI) and as a member of the Board of the German Association for Chemical Technology and Biotechnology (DECHEMA e. V.). He has a PhD in chemistry and is an honorary Professor of the University of Munich.

Heiner Frankemölle is a Director of McKinsey & Company, Inc. based in the Cologne office. He leads the firm's Global Chemicals Practice. The main areas of emphasis in his client work are corporate transformation, strategy, M&A, and post-merger management, as well as total operational performance and continuous improvement. He holds a PhD in agricultural economics.

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