Leap by McKinsey Research Shows 50 Percent of Global Revenue Will Come From New Products, Services and Businesses by 2026

55% of European Business Leaders Say New-Business Building Is a Top Priority 

NEW YORK, Dec. 8, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Today, Leap by McKinsey, the new-business building practice of global management consulting firm McKinsey & Company, released its second annual survey titled, The State of New-Business Building. The research, which surveyed executives at large scale organizations on how they are finding sources of growth for their companies, revealed that new-business building is a global phenomenon. 

A quarter of CEOs around the world see actively integrating new products and services, or building completely new business models into their ongoing strategies, as a top strategic priority — more than doubling in recent years. Across Europe, approximately 79% of business leaders are prioritizing new-business building as a means to protect against industry disruption. This research launches at a time when it is essential to develop new revenue streams to meet both customer and market demand, and the opportunity is significant. By 2026, executives expect 50% of global revenues will come from products, services, and businesses that don’t exist today. 

“The modern business landscape is continuing to place a growing importance on new-business building strategies to better ensure profitability — which has been further amplified by the global pandemic. Responding to changing customer and market demands will require an increased focus on new-business building in order to ensure continued success and revenue growth,” said Ralf Dreischmeier, Senior Partner, and global leader of Leap by McKinsey. “Still, successful execution can be exceedingly challenging. Leaders, specifically core company CEOs, must be actively engaged in new-business building campaigns as consumer top-of-mind issues like sustainability and diversity & inclusion require vision and support to effectively implement.” 

Compelling findings from the research include: 

Sustainability — Addressing sustainability is one of the largest areas of opportunity when developing new-business building strategies, yet business leaders are not actively utilizing the opportunity to address climate change. 

“Sustainability has an increasing presence in the minds of business leaders around the world, however, executives often spend time worrying rather than embracing the countless opportunities to meet environmental challenges and customer demands. Successful new-business building ventures will incorporate the many facets of sustainability, and as such, business leaders must begin to track and report on their progress in ways similar to their companies’ other products and services,” added Dreischmeier. 

Structure & Diversity — McKinsey’s research also highlights how organizations can be successful when launching new businesses. This includes prioritizing core CEO support, building an effective organizational structure, pursuing active acquisitions, better understanding customers, and hiring diverse leaders. 

To further ensure new business entities are profitable, experience and support from parent companies is key. 

The data for the 2021 State of New-Business Building Survey, which incorporates responses from over 1,100 business leaders covering all aspects of business building, can be accessed in its entirety on https://www.mckinsey.com/leap-state-of-nbb. 

About Leap by McKinseyLeap by McKinsey works with established organizations to build and scale innovative new businesses from scratch. Together, we help our clients strengthen capabilities, adopt the right technologies in the right industries, and break out of the status quo. Leap draws on McKinsey’s expertise in business, design, and technology. We have more than 700 founders, designers, engineers, marketers, and analysts that collaborate closely with McKinsey Digital’s team of over 5,000 experts across digital and analytics. In collaboration, we help clients create holistic and sustainable impact. Don’t just look to the future, let’s Leap. 

The 2021 State of New-Business Building report is Leap by McKinsey’s second annual global survey on growth strategy, new-business building, and corporate venturing. This McKinsey Global Survey was conducted between July 6 and July 23, 2021, and garnered responses from 1,178 C-level executives, senior managers, and business-unit, department, or division heads representing the full range of regions, industries, company sizes, and functional specialties. To adjust for differences in response rates, the data are weighted by the contribution of each respondent’s nation to global GDP. The findings from our survey help business leaders to understand best practices in corporate new-business building and compare their organizations’ approaches and performance with a global benchmark to make informed decisions. For more information, visit https://www.mckinsey.com/leap-state-of-nbb and to stay connected, follow McKinsey Digital. 

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