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McKinsey Global Institute Urban world: The shifting global business landscape - October 2013
Urbanization and industrialization continue to reshape the world’s economic
order, creating a global consuming class that will be four billion strong by 2025.
Previous Urban world reports by the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) have
quantified the magnitude of the changes in the global consuming class and
infrastructure investment that are under way as fast-growing cities in emerging
regions gain share in the global economy.
This report continues MGI’s urbanization research with a focus on understanding
the global landscape for large companies—and how it will be reshaped by the rise
of thousands of new corporate giants based in the emerging world. Although this
trend is still in its early stages, it will continue to play out on an even greater scale
in the years ahead, with far-ranging implications for industry competition and
To track these changing dynamics, MGI has built a unique database of worldwide
companies with $1 billion or more in annual revenue—the MGI CompanyScope.
By combining this database with MGI’s Cityscope database, we can draw a
detailed map of the current global business world and anticipate how patterns will
change by 2025. Understanding these trends will give today’s business leaders
insight into tomorrow’s competitors and market opportunities.
Urban world: The shifting global business landscape
McKinsey Global Institute