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Book

  1. Executive Remuneration across Europe: A Handbook of Design, Disclosure, and Enforcement Rules

    21 February, 2012 | Book

    This comprehensive Handbook offers a detailed analysis of regulations in Europe regarding remuneration packages, and a comparison across national systems.

  2. Handbook on Corporate Political Activity: Emerging Corporate Governance Issues

    01 November, 2010 | Book

    This handbook offers an overview of the legal rules and standard practices related to political activity, as well as a discussion of internal oversight of political spending.

  3. Corporate Governance Handbook: Legal Standards and Board Practices (Third Edition)

    24 September, 2009 | Book

    Revised in 2009, this handbook presents an easy-to-use compendium of rapidly evolving laws and regulations and the best practices adopted by leading companies.

  4. Corporate Governance Handbook 2007: Legal Standards and Board Practices

    06 July, 2007 | Book

    This handbook is intended to be an easy-to-use compendium of rapidly evolving laws and rules and the best practices adopted by leading companies.

  5. Corporate Governance Handbook 2005: Developments in Best Practices, Compliance, and Legal Standards

    01 July, 2005 | Book

    In addition to bringing the 2003 report Corporate Governance Best Practices: A Blueprint for the Post-Enron Era up-to-date, this report is intended to provide boards and management with a compendium of the leading corporate governance practices.

  6. Business Cycle Indicators Handbook

    19 June, 2001 | Book

    The Business Cycle Indicators Handbook, describes in detail the series in the BCI report and database, and includes articles discussing the value and use of the cyclical indicator approach.

CEO Challenge®

  1. CEO Challenges in the Gulf Region

    01 April, 2014 | CEO Challenge®

    CEOs in the Gulf region reported a significantly different set of priorities than did CEOs globally, with strategies that reflect the particular business challenges of a resource-rich, energy-dependent region.

  2. Conference Board CEO Challenge® 2014: People and Performance

    08 January, 2014 | CEO Challenge®

    While CEOs see talent as the critical link in meeting their top business challenges, the 2014 CEO Challenge survey results show a heightened focus on customers and reputation and less concern about regulation and external risk.

  3. Conference Board CEO Challenge® 2013: India Edition

    25 July, 2013 | CEO Challenge®

    CEOs in India rank Human Capital, Global Political/Economic Risk, Innovation, Operational Excellence, and Government Regulation as their top challenges. Their strategies to meet these challenges reflect the uniqueness of the Indian economic environment.

  4. Conference Board CEO Challenge® 2013: ASEAN Edition

    16 July, 2013 | CEO Challenge®

    An analysis of the 183 responses from CEOs in the ASEAN region, including results from this year’s special question on the upcoming economic community integration.

  5. Conference Board CEO Challenge® 2013: Countering the Global Slowdown

    09 July, 2013 | CEO Challenge®

    Unlike last year, CEOs are looking inward for solutions to slow economic growth and focusing on people and processes—and less concerned about external factors such as risk and regulation.

  6. Conference Board CEO Challenge® 2012: Risky Business—Focusing on Innovation and Talent in a Volatile World

    20 March, 2012 | CEO Challenge®

    According to respondents to The Conference Board CEO Challenge®, the race to innovate and the war for talent are just two of the challenges of the current business
    landscape.

  7. CEO Challenge 2011: Fueling Business Growth with Innovation and Talent Development

    12 April, 2011 | CEO Challenge®

    This year’s report is entirely new and features a fully revised and condensed set of 10 overall challenges (down from 84 in previous surveys) and a more in-depth strategy section that highlights the need for clear organizational alignment, teamwork, and s

  8. CEO Challenge 2010: Top 10 Challenges

    25 February, 2010 | CEO Challenge®

    Respondents to the latest edition of the annual survey of CEOs, presidents, and chairmen indicate that growth issues will be their top challenges for 2010.

  9. CEO Challenge 2008: Top 10 Challenges – Financial Crisis Edition

    17 November, 2008 | CEO Challenge®

    This special Financial Crisis Edition highlights differences between the original CEO Survey responses and the updated responses, and compares results between the United States, Europe, and Asia.

  10. Mid-Market CEO Challenge: 2007 Edition

    31 December, 2007 | CEO Challenge®

    This survey based report provides an overview of the challenges currently faced by CEOs in the mid-market sector.

  11. CEO Challenge 2006: Perspectives & Analysis

    01 June, 2006 | CEO Challenge®

    Summary and analysis of findings from this year's CEO Challenge Survey.

  12. CEO Challenge 2004: Perspectives and Analysis

    29 November, 2004 | CEO Challenge®

    This report, based on The Conference Board's CEO Challenge 2004 Survey project, presents the findings of in-depth interviews with 11 CEOs from multinational companies, along with data and analysis of survey respondents' top priorities.

  13. CEO Challenge 2003: Top Marketplace and Management Issues

    13 October, 2003 | CEO Challenge®

    This annual report presents the views of CEOs, Chairmen, and Founders on both current forces in the marketplace and the trends they expect to face in 2008.

China Center Publications

  1. China Center Quick Note: The AML Battleground - Looking Behind and Beyond the Current Regulatory Salvo

    17 December, 2014 | China Center Publications

    History suggests that current Anti-Monopoly Law (AML) machinations emanate from a deep love of and dependence on elite-controlled monopolies in China, and a deep hatred of foreign positions that contest them.

  2. China Center -- What to Watch for: China’s multilateral and regional trade negotiations

    05 December, 2014 | China Center Publications

    The political-economy factors driving China’s soft fall lead us to be skeptical that domestic-led economic reform will be possible. However, the potential for coercing certain reforms via an outside-in, WTO-style roadmap may still exist.

  3. China Center Chart of the Week: A closer look at declining real estate investment

    01 December, 2014 | China Center Publications

    Real Estate Investment (REI) has been a key driver of China’s economic growth for well over 10 years, accounting for between 12 and 20 percent of Chinese GDP. There is great concern about the potential impacts of an REI slowdown.

  4. China Center Data Flash: Slowing growth and weak loan demand trigger PBoC action

    01 December, 2014 | China Center Publications

    Despite a recent spate of large-scale infrastructure project approvals by the NDRC, economic growth continued on its downward trend, as Q4 started, and looks to have deteriorated further in November, prompting an interest rate cut by the central bank.

  5. China Center Chart of the Week: China’s growth rate for R&D investment is not exceptionally fast

    29 October, 2014 | China Center Publications

    Science policy analysts are concerned that, if China keeps expanding R&D investment at its current rate, China will surpass the United States in R&D spending in the near future. Our research suggests otherwise.

  6. China Center Chart of the Week: SLF injections are preemptive, not stimulative – and perhaps a baby step toward price-based monetary policy

    25 September, 2014 | China Center Publications

    Last week, local news reports in China indicated that the PBoC is set to issue 500 billion RMB to the five largest commercial banks through a tool called the Standing Lending Facility (SLF). This caused a great deal of market speculation.

  7. China Center Data Flash: August data confirms Q3 weakness

    24 September, 2014 | China Center Publications

    Economic data for August released last week was just plain bad—there’s no other way to put it. Growth momentum is undoubtedly on a downward trend in Q3, and the weaknesses were across the board.

  8. China Center Chart of the Week: No baby boom, but a baby bump

    17 September, 2014 | China Center Publications

    China's change to its one-child policy is unlikely to promote a baby boom because working-age people in China today fear the extra burden and cost that a second child brings – and they are already struggling with familial obligations to care for their elders.

  9. China Center Quick Note: Changes to the One-Child Policy – Anticipating the Impacts

    11 September, 2014 | China Center Publications

    In November 2013, China’s birth control policy was amended by the Communist Party's Central Committee. However, the potential effect of the new policy remains quite uncertain, and several different interpretations exist.

  10. China Center Special Briefing Paper: Re-Estimating Chinese Productivity

    02 September, 2014 | China Center Publications

    In this second part of our Special Briefing Paper series, Dr. Harry X. Wu, Senior Advisor to the China Center, presents the second stage of findings from his 30-year-long work program to re-estimate the quantity and quality of Chinese economic growth.

  11. China Center Data Flash: Q2 Mini-stimulus already losing steam

    18 August, 2014 | China Center Publications

    July data showed a clear sequential slowdown for the domestic side of China’s economy, with industrial production, investment, and consumer purchases all slowing in the month.

  12. China Center Chart of the Week: Credit growth in H2 – onward and upward

    13 August, 2014 | China Center Publications

    As long as China’s current credit dynamics remain in play – and the credit intensity of growth continues to rise – fundamental reforms will necessarily have to be sidelined.

  13. China CEO Council Session Report -- Facing Change: Sustaining and driving growth during uncertain times in China

    06 August, 2014 | China Center Publications

    A summary of discussion points, learnings, business issues, poll results, and member insights from the June 12, 2014, China CEO Council, hosted by The Conference Board in Beijing.

  14. China Center Data Flash: Unhealthy Q2 growth – pursuit of the target at the expense of reform

    23 July, 2014 | China Center Publications

    China’s official Q2 GDP growth came in at 7.5 percent y-o-y, according to data from the National Bureau of Statistics. Our alternative measures suggest that China is growing closer to 5.5 percent.

  15. China Center Data Flash: May data – the good, the bad and the ugly

    24 June, 2014 | China Center Publications

    Sequential activity for industry and consumption clearly improved in April and May, but the investment environment remains weak overall.

  16. China Center Quick Note: The Opportunity in Xi’s “Re-Reform”

    11 June, 2014 | China Center Publications

    Chinese President and Party Secretary Xi Jinping is indeed undertaking “reform” – it just doesn't involve marketization or more conformity with Western norms, at least not yet.

  17. China Center Commentary: China LEI showing more sluggishness ahead

    09 June, 2014 | China Center Publications

    Risks to the downside are rising, with real estate at the top of the list of catalysts.

  18. China Center Special Briefing Paper: Re-Estimating Chinese Growth

    09 June, 2014 | China Center Publications

    How fast has China’s economy really grown? The accuracy of any country’s GDP estimate is of critical importance to the business and policy community, both in-country and globally. [NOTE: updated version as of 20 June 2014]

  19. China Center Chart of the Week: Economic rebalancing is going in reverse

    28 May, 2014 | China Center Publications

    China’s internal rebalancing efforts, which sought to increase consumption’s proportion in economic demand, went into reverse in 2013 for the first time in four years.

  20. China Center Data Flash: Tight credit is suffocating real estate

    20 May, 2014 | China Center Publications

    >China’s economy has become increasingly dependent on credit over the past several years, and China’s economic growth will not stabilize if credit growth continues to slow.

  21. China Center Chart of the Week: Credit growth is a tightening noose on the property market

    20 May, 2014 | China Center Publications

    Since the beginning of 2014, new property starts have shrunk dramatically when compared to the same point last year and are down -22 percent for the year to April.

  22. China Center -- What to Watch For: Trust default edition

    14 May, 2014 | China Center Publications

    The first four months of 2014 saw a rash of news stories detailing near-defaults in a range of Chinese financial products. Our thoughts on the issue: Get used to it.

  23. Deep Dive Exchange Insights: State of Attack - Preparing for and Responding to Attacks from State Media

    14 May, 2014 | China Center Publications

    A summary of discussion points, learnings, business issues, poll results, and implications from the third Deep Dive Exchange session hosted by The Conference Board’s China Center.

  24. China Center Chart of the Week: Deflation or substantial real growth slowdown – take your pick

    14 May, 2014 | China Center Publications

    In Q1 2014, China’s GDP deflator fell to 0.5 percent, the lowest level since the global financial crisis. But is China really on the cusp of a deflationary spiral?

  25. China Center Chart of the Week: Assessing local debt risks and opportunities – regional debt and real estate dynamics

    28 April, 2014 | China Center Publications

    We are only now beginning to see the dominoes fall when it comes to companies defaulting on various financial products, which suggests how a financial crisis may occur in China.

  26. China Center Quick Note: RMB band-widening -- Short-term volatility, long-term vulnerability

    04 April, 2014 | China Center Publications

    The Chinese central bank announced a widening of the daily trading band for the US-CNY exchange rate last month. What are the ramifications of this change for economic policy?

  27. China Center Quick Note: Don’t Hold Your Breath for the Emerging Market Sell Off

    04 April, 2014 | China Center Publications

    In recent weeks, fears of a sharp correction in emerging market financial conditions caused by the Fed’s change in its monetary policy have caused consternation among investors and policy makers.

  28. China Center Chart of the Week: Chinese Total Factor Productivity growth appears to have flat-lined

    28 March, 2014 | China Center Publications

    Chinese TFP growth has been declining continuously — from 3.1 percent during the 2007–2011 period to 0.6 percent in 2012 to zero growth in 2013.

  29. China Center Data Flash: Weak Jan-Feb data as expected – authorities are likely to goose growth soon

    24 March, 2014 | China Center Publications

    Almost every single economic indicator that has been released through the first three months of this year – exports, industry, manufacturing, consumption, real estate, credit markets, stock markets – has disappointed.

  30. China Center Chart of the Week: Labor productivity growth in China continues to slow – even from its low base level

    24 March, 2014 | China Center Publications

    Labor productivity is a critical indicator because it is strongly related to living standard measures. The higher the relative level of labor productivity, the greater the chance for economic expansion.

  31. China Center Chart of the Week: China is gaining share of global manufacturing value addition

    11 March, 2014 | China Center Publications

    China’s global value chain (GVC) share in global manufacturing rose from 4.2 percent in 1995 to 16.7 percent in 2011, which is solid evidence of China’s manufacturing competitiveness.

     

  32. China Center Chart of the Week: ‘Buying’ 7.5 percent growth – what would it take?

    07 March, 2014 | China Center Publications

    Slowing credit growth is incompatible with a 7.5 percent growth target, unless efficiency is significantly improved.

  33. China Center Chart of the Week: Moderating consumption growth rate evident in Chinese New Year’s data

    05 March, 2014 | China Center Publications

    Although the growth rate remains robust, it is the lowest nominal year-on-year expansion for Chinese New Year sales in over a decade.

  34. China Center Data Flash: “Prudent” monetary policy so far ineffective

    03 March, 2014 | China Center Publications

    Credit growth came in worryingly strong in January, despite the lowest monthly expansion of outstanding bank deposits on record.

  35. China Center Chart of the Week: China’s Credit Intensity – Still Too High

    03 March, 2014 | China Center Publications

    With the exception of the bank-loan stimulus of 2009, the Chinese economy remained at a historically high level of credit dependency in 2013 – little changed from 2012.

  36. China Center Commentary: December LEI Points to a Weak Start in the Year of the Horse

    03 February, 2014 | China Center Publications

    For the first time in nine months, the credit component of The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® (LEI) for China offered the only significantly positive contribution in December.

  37. China Center Chart of the Week: Household consumption growth continuing to slow – and slow faster than GDP growth

    30 January, 2014 | China Center Publications

    Household consumption growth in China is slower than officially reported GDP growth and decelerating faster. This trend suggests that an economic rebalancing in favor of consumption-led growth is not happening.

  38. China Center Chart of the Week: China Outlook -- Why we expect slower growth in 2014

    24 December, 2013 | China Center Publications

    Our outlook for gradually slower growth in 2014 is a reflection of the current slowdown, which is part of an ongoing, structural transition of China’s economy.

  39. China Center Data Flash: Divergence -- The Financial Economy Outpaces the Real Economy

    23 December, 2013 | China Center Publications

    Despite higher interest rates throughout the month of November, credit extension ramped back up and real estate activity shot up as well.

  40. China Center Commentary: The Muddle Kingdom -- LEI growth slows as policy inertia persists

    27 November, 2013 | China Center Publications

    The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® (LEI) for China slowed in October due to weaker real estate activity.  

  41. China Center Chart of the Week: Between a rock and a hard place -- the Chinese real estate conundrum

    26 November, 2013 | China Center Publications

    Reducing the Chinese economy's reliance on real estate investment and putting more emphasis on productive capital formation would help unlock latent sources of growth, but the adjustment would be painful.

  42. China Center Chart of the Week: Continual PBoC injections forestall banking system pain

    20 November, 2013 | China Center Publications

    The dynamic now in play suggests that both investment and credit creation are outpacing genuine deposit growth and loan repayment is insufficient to replenish banks' cash reserves.

  43. China Center Data Flash: Flat growth in October as stronger exports offset slowdown in investment and credit

    18 November, 2013 | China Center Publications

    October's economic data offered a mixed bag – investment and credit slowed, but exports and industrial production improved.

  44. China CEO Council Insights: The Gateless Gate -- The Future for Foreign Investors in China

    14 November, 2013 | China Center Publications

    A summary of discussion points, learnings, business issues, and member insights from the November 14, 2013, China CEO Council, convened by the Conference Board's China Center

  45. China Center Data Flash: No surprises in Q3 data – not a “rebound”

    29 October, 2013 | China Center Publications

    China recently released its official third quarter GDP data, which registered 7.8 percent real growth year over year. As expected, increased investment made up for weakness in exports.

  46. Deep Dive Exchange Insights: Wage Escalation in China -- What Assumptions Make Sense for the Future?

    10 October, 2013 | China Center Publications

    A summary of discussion points, learnings, business issues, and implications from the China Center's October 2013 Deep Dive Exchange session on wage escalation in China.

  47. China Center Data Flash: Q3 “rebound” will fizzle in Q4

    17 September, 2013 | China Center Publications

    China’s official economic data continued to improve in August from July, as expected,
    but this momentum is not projected to last into Q4 2013.

  48. China Center Chart of the Week: Falling home production is an opportunity for services sector development (part 1 of 2)

    11 September, 2013 | China Center Publications

    Chinese households are spending fewer hours per week onchildcare and other kinds of housework including grocery shopping, cooking, and doing laundry, which is releasing demand for services.

  49. China Center Chart of the Week: Home production trends highlight opportunity to boost household consumption of services (part 2 of 2)

    11 September, 2013 | China Center Publications

    Except for house cleaning, Chinese households spend more time than their American counterparts on household production, and the viability of service sector market substitutions for this work has increased. 

  50. China Center Quick Note: Protecting the “home team” -- the flagging and flogging of the foreign-invested dairy sector

    11 September, 2013 | China Center Publications

    Multinational consumer brands appear to be under attack from regulators and state-sponsored media in China—if not overtly, then at least with aggressive, “nonnational treatment.” >

  51. China Center Chart of the Week: The coming end of the WMP boom

    27 August, 2013 | China Center Publications

    Unregulated wealth management products (WMPs) have caused consternation among China finance watchers. Limited signals of a downward trend in new issuance may be cause for optimism, but risks remain.

  52. China Center Quick Note: Corporate Sustainability Disclosure in China -- Evidence from constituents of the CSI 300 index

    26 August, 2013 | China Center Publications

    How well do Chinese companies currently do at disclosing their sustainability practices to the public, and which metrics do they use?

  53. China Center Commentary: Real estate and infrastructure investment -- risky wildcards for growth

    26 August, 2013 | China Center Publications

    Interpretive Comments on The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® for China, August 2013 (July data)

  54. China Center Chart of the Week: China’s credit-to-GDP gap in the “danger zone”

    19 August, 2013 | China Center Publications

    International experience shows that once the credit-to-GDP gap crosses a certain threshold, the likelihood of a financial crisis occurring within three years rises dramatically.

  55. China Center Data Flash: No bottom to the slowdown, despite stabilization

    15 August, 2013 | China Center Publications

    Data Flash is a brief interpretive summary of China’s official monthly economic data release – August 2013

  56. China Center Chart of the Week: Is RMB depreciation in the PBoC’s cards?

    14 August, 2013 | China Center Publications

    US politicians have been complaining for years about China's undervalued currency, but is that accusation still relevant? The numbers suggest China's central bank has been forced to prop up its currency over the past year, rather than hold it down.

  57. China Center Chart of the Week: Capital outflows will be a headache for the central bank

    09 August, 2013 | China Center Publications

    The unwinding of falsified trade invoicing has had a clear impact since May, as has the prospect of the Federal Reserve tapering its quantitative easing program. But the biggest driver of financial outflows seems to be the slowdown in Chinese growth.

  58. Interpretive Comments on The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® for China -- July 2013 (June 2013 data)

    05 August, 2013 | China Center Publications

    As growth trends downward, immediate risks ease somewhat

  59. China Center Chart of the Week: Labor productivity performance enabled by reform – a key to China’s competitiveness gains

    30 July, 2013 | China Center Publications

    This chart demonstrates that China has done a good job catching up, and even surpassing, some emerging market peers on labor productivity. However, state-dominated sectors are dragging down productivity levels for the overall economy.

  60. China Center Data Flash: Ongoing slowdown with a nod to financial reform

    23 July, 2013 | China Center Publications

    Data Flash is a brief interpretive summary of China’s official monthly economic data release – June 2013

  61. China Center Chart of the Week: Household consumption in China highly concentrated in most advanced cities

    18 July, 2013 | China Center Publications

    This Pareto chart shows Monthly Sales of Retail Goods for 242 tier 1 to tier 3 cities (officially called “prefectures and above” cities) for December 2012 in China.

  62. China Center Chart of the Week: Wage escalation is high and disparity of wage levels across industries pronounced

    09 July, 2013 | China Center Publications

    Wage data are notoriously spotty in China. Using our own estimation of “Total Labor Compensation per Employee”, we are able to illuminate the trajectory and magnitude of wage escalation in China’s industrial/manufacturing sector.

  63. China Center Quick Note: What have we learned? Longer-term implications of China’s recent liquidity crunch

    09 July, 2013 | China Center Publications

    This Quick Note looks at June's events in the interbank bond market that led to a spike in interest rates and outlines the implications for the banking system and the real economy moving forward.

  64. China Center Chart of the Week: Recent interbank jitters further underline liquidity risks

    17 June, 2013 | China Center Publications

    This chart shows the overnight interbank bond repo rate in China and the 7-day repo rate, respectively. In the week of June 3rd–7th, both rates shot up, signaling a sudden tightness in liquidity within the banking system.

  65. China CEO Council Insights: Reality Check -- MNC Prospects for the Next Wave of Reform

    13 June, 2013 | China Center Publications

    A summary of discussion points, learnings, business issues, and member insights from the June 13, 2013, China CEO Council, convened by the Conference Board's China Center

  66. China Center Chart of the Week: Reporting on corporate environmental and social performance – still a long way to go

    07 June, 2013 | China Center Publications

    This chart shows disclosure rates regarding key sustainability practices for constituent companies of the SSE 50, and compares it with the S&P Global 1200. The SSE 50 index comprises 50 Chinese A-share stocks listed on the Shanghai stock exchange.

  67. Interpretive Comments on The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® for China -- May 2013 (April 2013 data)

    06 June, 2013 | China Center Publications

    As growth trends down, prospects for reform trend slightly up

  68. China Center Chart of the Week: Rise in interbank lending highlights China’s liquidity risks

    06 June, 2013 | China Center Publications

    This chart shows the Chinese banking system’s monthly new claims on the corporate and household sectors (i.e. loans into the real economy) as well as new claims on depository corporations and financial institutions (i.e. interbank lending).

  69. China Center Chart of the Week: China’s capital reserves appear strong but may soon prove inadequate

    29 May, 2013 | China Center Publications

    This chart shows capital adequacy ratios (CARs) reported by Chinese banks as of the end of Q1 2013. These ratios represent the amount of capital a bank holds as a proportion of its risk-weighted assets.

  70. China Center Data Flash: Continued deceleration into Q2

    24 May, 2013 | China Center Publications

    Data Flash is a brief interpretive summary of China’s official monthly economic data release – May 2013

  71. Deep Dive Exchange Insights: The Evolving Face of Corrupt Practices in China – Managing 3rd Party Fraud Risk

    21 May, 2013 | China Center Publications

    A summary of discussion points, learnings, business issues, and implications from the Deep Dive Exchange session hosted by The Conference Board's China Center

  72. China Center Chart of the Week: Recent jump in bank deposits likely boosted by new WMP regulations

    10 May, 2013 | China Center Publications

    This chart shows changes in the stock of outstanding deposits in China’s banking system on a monthly basis, and the total outstanding deposit growth.

  73. China Center Chart of the Week: China’s manufacturing PMI should be taken with a growing grain of salt

    06 May, 2013 | China Center Publications

    This chart shows the performance of China’s official manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) since January 2010, along with the major subcomponents. We urge members to view this index with great caution.

  74. China Center LEI Commentary: LEI growth stalled amid renewed tightening of policy measures

    26 April, 2013 | China Center Publications

    Interpretive comments on The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® (LEI) and The Conference Board Coincident Economic Index® (CEI) for China, April 2013 (March 2013 data)

  75. China Center Chart of the Week: China’s capital account liberalization is still a long way off

    03 April, 2013 | China Center Publications

    This chart shows China’s capital account in the Balance of Payments data, with positive numbers signaling credits (essentially money flowing into the economy in various forms) and negative numbers representing debits (net flows of assets held abroad).

  76. China Center LEI Commentary: LEI still increasing, but the outcome will be highly policy-dependent

    28 March, 2013 | China Center Publications

    Interpretive comments on The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® (LEI) and The Conference Board Coincident Economic Index® (CEI) for China, March 2013 (February 2013 data)

  77. China Center Data Flash: New leadership show signs of reining in risk areas

    18 March, 2013 | China Center Publications

    Data Flash is a brief interpretive summary of China’s official monthly economic data release – March 2013 (February 2013 data)

  78. China Center Chart of the Week: China’s demographic shift has “officially” begun – at least according to the NBS definition

    18 March, 2013 | China Center Publications

    This chart shows the breakdown of the Chinese population by age group. In January, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) announced that the country’s working age population (ages 15 to 59) shrank for the first time in 2012.

  79. China Center Quick Note: Xi Jinping at the helm: command and control – or negotiate and cajole?

    08 March, 2013 | China Center Publications

    This Quick Note assesses what China's incoming president might reasonably be expected to achieve given the limits necessarily imposed on him by the political system.

  80. China Center Chart of the Week: Formal bank loans - no longer the stalwart of Chinese finance

    05 March, 2013 | China Center Publications

    This chart shows newly issued net Total Social Finance in China on a quarterly basis, broken down into its constituent parts. The share of non-bank finance has grown markedly.

  81. China Center LEI Commentary: LEI boosted by the Chinese New Year

    27 February, 2013 | China Center Publications

    Interpretive comments on The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® (LEI) and The Conference Board Coincident Economic Index® (CEI) for China, February 2013 (January 2012 data)

  82. China Center Chart of the Week: Do weak retail sales over the Chinese New Year holiday signal slowing consumption growth?

    22 February, 2013 | China Center Publications

    This chart assesses the “real” (i.e. inflation adjusted to 2012 price levels) monthly Retail Sales of Consumer Goods statistic over the last 5 years, emphasizing the sales for Chinese New Year (CNY) holiday periods.

  83. China Center Quick Note: Barring the unexpected, China’s economy to downshift considerably, as a natural consequence of both size and maturation

    21 February, 2013 | China Center Publications

    In the latest update of The Conference Board’s Global Economic Outlook, we project that China’s trend growth rate will slow to 5.8 percent over the 2013-2018 period and fall further to 3.7 percent from 2019-2025.

  84. China Center Chart of the Week: Real household consumption increasingly hard to gauge using the monthly “Retail Sales of Consumer Goods” statistic

    07 February, 2013 | China Center Publications

    This chart compares consumption in China as measured by the monthly “Retail Sales of Consumer Goods” statistic with the household consumption statistic derived from China’s quarterly Expenditure GDP and figures estimated by NBS’ Quarterly Household Survey

  85. China Center LEI Commentary: Slower LEI growth indicates the current rebound may be short-lived

    05 February, 2013 | China Center Publications

    Interpretive comments on The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® (LEI) and The Conference Board Coincident Economic Index® (CEI) for China, January 2013 (December 2012 data)

  86. China Center Chart of the Week: Less and less growth from more and more credit

    01 February, 2013 | China Center Publications

    This chart shows the credit intensity of Chinese economic growth in both nominal and real terms. Credit intensity refers to the ratio of new credit to incremental GDP growth in an economy, and the situation for China is becoming increasingly grim.

  87. China Center Chart of the Week: Interdependence of Chinese and Japanese economies is much larger than their trade relationship

    25 January, 2013 | China Center Publications

    This chart shows China’s imports from and exports to Japan until the end of 2012, and uses Input-Output table analysis to calculate the amount the Japanese and Chinese economies impact one another, both directly and indirectly.

  88. China Center Data Flash: Fragility and uncertainty persist

    20 December, 2012 | China Center Publications

    Data Flash is a brief interpretive summary of China’s official monthly economic data release – December 2012 (November 2012 data)

  89. China Center Chart of the Week: Rising unit labor costs underscore the imperative for economic transition

    18 December, 2012 | China Center Publications

    This chart shows China’s unit labor cost – the average cost of labor per unit of output (ULC) – as a percent of the United States’ ULC. Growth in a country’s ULC is a key measure of its competitiveness.

  90. China Center Chart of the Week: Consumption is the most important driver of labor demand

    14 December, 2012 | China Center Publications

    This chart explores overall labor demand (i.e. both direct and indirect) generated by household consumption, government consumption, investment, and exports in China.

  91. China Center LEI Commentary: Looking beyond month-to-month volatility – sustainability of current rebound not yet certain

    06 December, 2012 | China Center Publications

    Interpretive comments on The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® (LEI) and The Conference Board Coincident Economic Index® (CEI) for China, November 2012 (October 2012 data)

  92. China Center Chart of the Week: China’s falling returns on capital will cause slower growth or higher leverage (or both)

    04 December, 2012 | China Center Publications

    The chart shows The Conference Board’s estimation of the Marginal Product of Capital (MPK) for various countries, broken into two groups: lower income and higher income.

  93. China Center Chart of the Week: Not so fast! Why China’s economy will continue to slow

    23 November, 2012 | China Center Publications

    The chart shows The Conference Board’s most recent medium- and long-term projections for trend growth in real GDP for China, broken down by contributions from labor, capital and productivity.

  94. China Center Quick Note: China’s “Elections” and the Future of Reform

    21 November, 2012 | China Center Publications

    This Quick Note examines the policy imperatives for China’s new, recently “elected” leading group. MNCs should pay special attention to monitoring policy developments related to financial/credit market reform and State Owned Enterprise reform.

  95. China Center Data Flash: Fragile rebound advanced in October

    15 November, 2012 | China Center Publications

    Data Flash is a brief interpretive summary of China’s official monthly economic data release – November 2012 (October 2012 data)

  96. China Center Chart of the Week: Investment and exports diminish as growth drivers, but remain critical to sustaining economy’s size

    15 November, 2012 | China Center Publications

    This chart underscores the importance of Consumption as a major driver of GDP growth in China, and suggests this has been the case since well before the global financial crisis of 2008 and the associated fall off in global export demand.

  97. China Center LEI Commentary: Increase in LEI slows, as real estate gives back gains from August

    01 November, 2012 | China Center Publications

    Interpretive comments on The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® (LEI) and The Conference Board Coincident Economic Index® (CEI) for China, October 2012 (September 2012 data)

  98. China Center Quick Note: The Fourth Estate and China’s Reform Agenda

    31 October, 2012 | China Center Publications

    This Quick Note assert that the emerging Fourth Estate phenomenon -- deep, fact-based investigative journalism -- is extremely important for MNC business planners to monitor as a presage to policy leanings and political-economy trends in China.

  99. China Center Chart of the Week, Special Philanthropy Series, part 1 of 4: China’s nonprofit sector – growing rapidly, but still highly constrained

    30 October, 2012 | China Center Publications

    Leading up to the release of a new beachhead report by the China Center on Corporate Philanthropy in China (to be published in November) we are releasing a special series of Charts of the Week on the topic. This is part one of four.

  100. China Center Chart of the Week, Special Philanthropy Series, part 2 of 4: Public perception is an important driver shaping China’s nonprofit sector

    30 October, 2012 | China Center Publications

    Leading up to the release of a new beachhead report by the China Center on Corporate Philanthropy in China (to be published in November) we are releasing a special series of Charts of the Week on the topic. This is part two of four.

  101. China Center Chart of the Week, Special Philanthropy Series, part 3 of 4: Corporations playing key role in advancing civil society engagement in China

    30 October, 2012 | China Center Publications

    Leading up to the release of a new beachhead report by the China Center on Corporate Philanthropy in China (to be published in November) we are releasing a special series of Charts of the Week on the topic. This is part three of four.

  102. China Center Chart of the Week, Special Philanthropy Series, part 4 of 4: How much do companies in China spend on philanthropy?

    30 October, 2012 | China Center Publications

    Leading up to the release of a new beachhead report by the China Center on Corporate Philanthropy in China (to be published in November) we are releasing a special series of Charts of the Week on the topic. This is part four of four.

  103. China Center Data Flash: September data - a glimmer of light, but not yet out of the tunnel

    23 October, 2012 | China Center Publications

    Data Flash is a brief interpretive summary of China’s official monthly economic data release – October 2012 (September 2012 data)

  104. China Center LEI Commentary: Real estate perks up the LEI in August – but it is unlikely to last

    28 September, 2012 | China Center Publications

    Interpretive comments on The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® (LEI) and The Conference Board Coincident Economic Index® (CEI) for China, September 2012 (August 2012 data)

  105. China Center Chart of the Week: Increasing intangible investment not yielding commensurate increases in output

    17 September, 2012 | China Center Publications

    The US and Germany have generated increasing output per capita from their intangible investment, whereas China has not. R&D spending is part of the problem.

  106. China Center Data Flash: Tug of war -- manufacturing down, infrastructure up

    12 September, 2012 | China Center Publications

    Data Flash is a brief interpretive summary of China’s official monthly economic data release – September 2012 (August 2012 data)

  107. China Center Chart of the Week: China’s intangible investment – high in absolute amount, small relative to conventional capex

    07 September, 2012 | China Center Publications

    China has spent a much larger amount on intangible investment, as a percentage of GDP, than other countries at similar, or higher, levels of development.

  108. China Center LEI Commentary: A pick up in infrastructure investment remains the only driver of growth, but may ultimately become a burden

    06 September, 2012 | China Center Publications

    Interpretive Comments on The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® (LEI) and The Conference Board Coincident Economic Index® (CEI) for China, August 2012 (July 2012 data)

  109. China Center Chart of the Week: Intangible investment in China has grown rapidly – but is it efficient?

    24 August, 2012 | China Center Publications

    Despite the substantial top-line growth, it appears that overall spending on intangibles in China has largely been policy driven, rather than deriving from firm-level innovation.

  110. China Center Data Flash: July disappoints – even investment growth levels off

    17 August, 2012 | China Center Publications

    Data Flash is a brief interpretive summary of China’s official monthly economic data release – August 2012 (July 2012 data)

  111. China Center Quick Note: The Missing Tea Leaves

    17 August, 2012 | China Center Publications

    This Quick Note examines perennial data gap issues in China, and, more recently, the trend of disappearing data. The note provides much needed context about the history, political framework and utility of data publication in China.

  112. China Center LEI Commentary: Real economic activity remains weak – credit alone drives the LEI in June

    02 August, 2012 | China Center Publications

    Interpretive Comments on The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® (LEI) and The Conference Board Coincident Economic Index® (CEI) for China, July 2012 (June 2012 data)

  113. China Center Data Flash: Growth stabilizes in June, but weakness remains

    20 July, 2012 | China Center Publications

    Data Flash is a brief interpretive summary of China’s official monthly economic data release – July 2012 (June 2012 data)

  114. China Center Quick Note: China’s Consumption Paradox

    16 July, 2012 | China Center Publications

    This Quick Note examines and explains the structural factors constraining household consumption in China, and the challenges China faces in transitioning to a consumption-driven economy.

  115. China Center LEI Commentary: Accelerated bank lending supports LEI expansion in May

    04 July, 2012 | China Center Publications

    Interpretive Comments on The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® (LEI) and The Conference Board Coincident Economic Index® (CEI) for China, May 2012 data

  116. China Center Data Flash: May data send mixed signals

    15 June, 2012 | China Center Publications

    Data Flash is a brief interpretive summary of China’s official monthly economic data release – June 2012 (May 2012 data)

  117. China Center LEI Commentary: LEI expands moderately, but component volatility offers little certainty

    25 May, 2012 | China Center Publications

    Interpretive Comments on The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® (LEI) and The Conference Board Coincident Economic Index® (CEI) for China, May 2012 (April 2012 data)

  118. China Center LEI Commentary: Increased volatility will likely characterize the second quarter, just as it did the first

    28 April, 2012 | China Center Publications

    Interpretive Comments on The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® (LEI) and The Conference Board Coincident Economic Index® (CEI) for China, April 2012 (March 2012 data)

  119. China Center Dataflash: Q1 growth rate masks underlying volatility

    23 April, 2012 | China Center Publications

    Dataflash is a brief interpretive summary of China’s official monthly economic data release – April 2012 (March 2012 data)

  120. China’s 12th Five-Year Plan – Implications for Human Capital

    18 April, 2012 | China Center Publications

    China’s 12th Five Year Plan emphasizes the “human factor” in economic development more than any previous FYP. This China Center report distills out the plan’s implications for human capital practitioners and executives concerned about HC issues in China.

  121. China Center LEI Commentary: Recent volatility in the LEI components underlines growing economic uncertainty

    01 April, 2012 | China Center Publications

    Interpretive Comments on The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® (LEI) and The Conference Board Coincident Economic Index® (CEI) for China (February 2012 data)

  122. China Productivity: Labor Productivity by Ownership Type

    20 March, 2012 | China Center Publications

    This report measures China’s industry productivity by ownership type, comparing state-owned enterprises, privately owned domestic firms, foreign-invested firms, and smaller firms for the period of 1995-2009.

  123. China Center Dataflash: February data point to weak first quarter

    16 March, 2012 | China Center Publications

    Dataflash is a brief interpretive summary of China’s official monthly economic data release – March 2012 (February 2012 data)

  124. China Center QuickNote: China’s Soft Side

    12 March, 2012 | China Center Publications

    Transitioning China to a consumption led economy is not just a matter of ratcheting down investment and stimulating consumption, and containing the vested interests that would work to block this path. Indeed, this is the relatively easy part.

  125. China Center QuickNote: World Bank “China 2030” report – the calls mount for economic reform

    07 March, 2012 | China Center Publications

    In this QuickNote we examine some of the World Bank’s key findings, analyzing them alongside The Conference Board’s own research, and highlight areas of particular interest to China Center members.

  126. China Center LEI Commentary: China LEI points to increasing uncertainty amidst continued gradual slowing of the economy

    06 March, 2012 | China Center Publications

    Interpretive Comments on The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® (LEI) and The Conference Board Coincident Economic Index® (CEI) for China (January 2012 data)

  127. China Center Dataflash: Beware of the Chinese New Year Effect

    16 February, 2012 | China Center Publications

    Dataflash is a brief interpretive summary of China’s official monthly economic data release – February 2012 (January 2012 data)

  128. China Center LEI Commentary: Moderation in growth looks set to continue, despite the slight LEI uptick in December

    21 January, 2012 | China Center Publications

    Interpretive Comments on The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® (LEI) and The Conference Board Coincident Economic Index® (CEI) for China. (December 2011 data)

  129. China Center QuickNote: Returning Home—the conception of the Asian RMB and capital market zone

    19 December, 2011 | China Center Publications

    By Ken DeWoskin – Senior Advisor and China CEO Council Program Director, The China Center for Economics and Business

  130. China Center QuickNote: Planning for opportunities in the event of over-slowing in China

    08 August, 2011 | China Center Publications

    By David Hoffman, Vice President and Managing Director of The China Center

  131. China Productivity Quarterly

    01 April, 2011 | China Center Publications

    This China Center report is the first in a regular series of productivity reports on China from The Conference Board. Our intention is to gradually “peel the onion” on productivity measurement and business issues in China.

Conference KeyNotes

  1. Creating the Future by Re-creating the Workplace: Insights from the 2014 Women's Leadership Conference

    31 October, 2014 | Conference KeyNotes

    There is no question women make great leaders. Both organizations and women can take actions to move women further up the corporate ladder.

  2. Rallying Cry for Organizational Change

    09 October, 2014 | Conference KeyNotes

    Companies should make change management a competency rather than an add-on. They can start by knowing the best practices for executing change and training employees in how to adapt to it.

  3. New Imperative: Driving Performance, Connecting to Value

    23 September, 2014 | Conference KeyNotes

    Companies increasingly view health care as an important investment and want a greater return: they are still keenly interested in lowering costs but are also demanding better performance and value from providers.

  4. Key to Optimal Business Results: Insights from The 2014 Performance Management Conference

    25 August, 2014 | Conference KeyNotes

    For performance management to be more than mere compensation management, systems must be behavior focused, integrated into workflow and processes, and communicated with care to employees.

  5. Creating Personal Emotional Connections with Employees and Customers: Insights from The 2014 Extending Your Brand to Employees Conference

    01 August, 2014 | Conference KeyNotes

    Defining and living your company's larger purpose so that employees engage emotionally ensures that they, as ambassadors, best represent your company brand to customers.

  6. Working with Analytics at the C-Level: Insights from The 2013 Human Capital Analytics Conference

    24 July, 2014 | Conference KeyNotes

    No significant change can take place without the support of top executives, including human capital analytics.

  7. Identifying Your Company's Leadership DNA: Insights from The 2014 Leadership Development Conference

    17 July, 2014 | Conference KeyNotes

    Companies concerned about their executive pipelines should invest in leadership training, especially of high potential employees. The biggest bang from training dollars comes through action learning, stretch assignments, and coaching.

  8. What You Need to Know about Performance-Aligned Compensation: Insights from The 2014 Executive Compensation Conference

    02 July, 2014 | Conference KeyNotes

    In the wake of say on pay, concern about proxy advisors’ reactions to their pay packages can blind companies to the reason for those packages: to drive performance and create shareholder value.

  9. Leveraging the Impact of Coaching on Business-Driven Talent Management Practices: Insights from The 2014 Executive Coaching Conference

    14 May, 2014 | Conference KeyNotes

    Executive coaching is due for an upgrade—from a focus on metrics to a focus on interpersonal communication and the resulting employee engagement.

  10. How Industry Leaders Get Customers to Fall in Love with Their Experience: Insights from The 2014 Customer Experience Conference

    09 May, 2014 | Conference KeyNotes

    The keys to wowing your customers include having happy employees, putting customers first, and providing a personalized, interactive experience.

  11. Unlock Talent Potential to Drive Business Success: Insights from The 2014 Talent Management Strategies Conference

    28 April, 2014 | Conference KeyNotes

    A company’s best defense for meeting a rapidly changing business environment is to have a strong succession plan and a pipeline of “ready-now” employees who can step into vacant positions.

  12. Strategies That Transform the Organization: Insights from The 2013 Senior Corporate Communication Management Conference

    14 March, 2014 | Conference KeyNotes

    Today’s corporate communications departments are the equivalent of an internal media company that helps roll out new strategies, enhance customer experience, and increase employee engagement.

  13. Catalysts for Differentiation and Growth: Insights from The 2013 Organization Design Conference

    11 February, 2014 | Conference KeyNotes

    Businesses are being pushed to execute more complex strategies at an ever-increasing rate, and many companies are looking to organization design to seize new opportunities in global markets.

  14. 2013 Succession Management Conference KeyNotes Report

    15 November, 2013 | Conference KeyNotes

    Succession management should be integrated into every phase of strategic planning, not isolated as an HR activity. If not, the organization may not take it seriously.

  15. Social Media for Human Resources Conference KeyNotes Report

    06 November, 2013 | Conference KeyNotes

    As companies look to increase productivity of human capital, HR’s responsibility for innovation, talent development, and engagement has risen. Firms are using social media to excel in these areas.

  16. 2013 Employee Health Care Conference KeyNotes Report

    25 September, 2013 | Conference KeyNotes

    Upcoming health care reform and rising health care costs are forcing companies to change how they approach the health care benefits and increase their focus on wellness.

  17. Women's Leadership Conference KeyNotes Report

    06 September, 2013 | Conference KeyNotes

    Corporations and society continue to struggle with the issue of women’s leadership, as the recent scrutiny of women’s work/life choices demonstrates. How can women and companies best address this concern?

  18. 2013 Extending Your Brand to Employees Conference KeyNotes Report

    13 August, 2013 | Conference KeyNotes

    Your brand is only as strong as your employees, so build an emotional connection to the brand that allows them to live your purpose and exhibit brand-specific behavior.

  19. 2013 Summit on Sustainability Conference KeyNotes Report

    16 July, 2013 | Conference KeyNotes

    Many firms no longer see a contradiction between doing good and making a profit, and are incorporating sustainability into their operations and business models.

  20. 2013 Leadership Development Conference KeyNotes Report

    03 July, 2013 | Conference KeyNotes

    As the nature of corporate competition changes, it is more important than ever to develop leaders who are capable of innovation.

  21. 2013 Executive Coaching Conference KeyNotes Report

    21 May, 2013 | Conference KeyNotes

    If companies truly want leverage their human capital to grow their organizations, they should consider coaching employees at all levels.

  22. Corporate Image and Branding Conference KeyNotes Report

    13 May, 2013 | Conference KeyNotes

    Companies that can distill the complexity of their business into a simple and compelling message can win the enthusiasm of employees and the market.

  23. 2013 Customer Experience Leadership Conference KeyNotes Report

    30 April, 2013 | Conference KeyNotes

    Social media may have changed the retail experience, but digital technology has given companies tools for coping with and capitalizing on that change.

  24. 2012 Future Leaders Conference KeyNotes Report

    05 April, 2013 | Conference KeyNotes

    Your enterprise is only as valuable as your employees, so it is imperative that you prepare leaders for the future.

  25. 2012 Enterprise Risk Management Conference KeyNotes Report

    18 March, 2013 | Conference KeyNotes

    Enterprise risk management is not a stand-alone process. Instead, it needs to be tied to decision making and business strategy.

  26. 2013 Talent Management Strategies Conference KeyNotes Report

    18 March, 2013 | Conference KeyNotes

    Innovating Talent Solutions to Deliver Results

  27. 2012 Onboarding Leadership Conference KeyNotes Report

    01 March, 2013 | Conference KeyNotes

    For onboarding to work, it needs to be more thorough than a mere orientation and paced to match the minds and moods of employees.

  28. 2012 Senior Corporate Communication Management Conference KeyNotes Report

    11 February, 2013 | Conference KeyNotes

    Since the communication department is integral to driving business, communications professionals need to understand the business side of the organization.

  29. 2012 Executive Compensation Conference KeyNotes Report

    24 January, 2013 | Conference KeyNotes

    As say on pay enters its third year, it has empowered shareholders to cast “no” votes to proxy statement descriptions of executive compensation programs that fail to make the grade.

  30. 2012 Human Capital Analytics Conference KeyNotes Report

    23 January, 2013 | Conference KeyNotes

    These Conference KeyNotes summarize the discussions held by the approximately 114 executives who attended The 2012 Human Capital Analytics Conference in New York in November 2012.

  31. 2012 Organization Design Conference KeyNotes Report

    15 January, 2013 | Conference KeyNotes

    Organization design is both a science and an art. The science includes using the new design to solve a business problem. The art involves building relationships and influencing others.

  32. 2012 Succession Management Conference KeyNotes Report

    19 December, 2012 | Conference KeyNotes

    Talent managers should incorporate new neuroscience research into their leadership development strategies and work to promote succession management from an human resources service to a core business strategy.

  33. 2012 Executive Compensation Conference KeyNotes Report

    17 October, 2012 | Conference KeyNotes

    Companies can show they are taking shareholder feedback into account by reaching out to investors regardless of how they voted and changing future compensation programs based on investors feedback. 

  34. 2012 Citizenship and Sustainability Conference KeyNotes Report

    17 October, 2012 | Conference KeyNotes

    The best way to ensure your organization’s operations meet society’s expectations is to embed corporate responsibility into your business practices

  35. Corporate Diversity & Inclusion Conference KeyNotes Report

    10 September, 2012 | Conference KeyNotes

    The current macroeconomic environment gives diversity leaders an unprecedented opportunity to cement the strategic value of diversity for business success.

  36. Extending Your Brand to Employees Conference KeyNotes Report

    21 August, 2012 | Conference KeyNotes

    Over the last two years, companies have become more focused on employer branding, but determining the one meaningful brand message to communicate remains a challenge.

  37. 2012 Change Management Conference KeyNotes Report

    14 August, 2012 | Conference KeyNotes

    Globalization has level playing fields and revolutionized power structures, and keeping up with all of the changes requires conscious effort.

  38. Women’s Leadership Conference KeyNotes Report

    10 August, 2012 | Conference KeyNotes

    Having more women in leadership roles is a competitive advantage, but much of the potential represented by women’s talent remains unrealized.

  39. 2012 Leadership Development Conference KeyNotes Report

    18 July, 2012 | Conference KeyNotes

    The future is already here, but it is unevenly distributed. By 2021, everyone under 25 will be a digital native, and this new generation will require new practices of engagement.

  40. 2012 Executive Coaching Conference KeyNotes Report

    15 June, 2012 | Conference KeyNotes

    For coaching efforts to succeed, they should be tied to leadership development programs and performance reviews. This step is especially important when developing high potentials, new managers, and young leaders.

  41. Senior HR Executive Conference KeyNotes Report

    04 June, 2012 | Conference KeyNotes

    As older workers are retiring and new technologies are emerging, many companies are having a difficult time filling jobs because job applicants and current employees often lack the necessary skills.

     

  42. Employee Health Care Conference KeyNotes Report

    04 June, 2012 | Conference KeyNotes

    With many details of health care reform unknown or still to come, some companies have decided to focus on their long-term health care strategy rather than mere compliance.

  43. 2012 Customer Experience Leadership Conference KeyNotes Report

    21 May, 2012 | Conference KeyNotes

    In an increasingly connected world, companies are in danger of overlooking the secret ingredient that makes for a good customer experience—the personal touch.

  44. 2011 Senior Corporate Communications Management Conference KeyNotes Report

    29 March, 2012 | Conference KeyNotes

    Communicators have become closer strategic partners with senior management as they work together to enable the organization to respond and adapt to rapid change.

  45. 2012 Talent Management Strategies Conference KeyNotes Report

    16 March, 2012 | Conference KeyNotes

    When the C-suite gets seriously involved in talent planning, it is a good start. It’s even better when mid-level managers are taught to implement talent management tools and processes.

  46. 2011 Customer Loyalty Conference KeyNotes Report

    09 March, 2012 | Conference KeyNotes

    The keys to having loyal customers include knowing your customers personally, knowing what they want, and delivering it to them, sometimes before they even realize they want it.

  47. 2011 Enterprise Risk Management Conference KeyNotes Report

    17 February, 2012 | Conference KeyNotes

    Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) is evolving beyond compliance to become a more integral part of strategy.

  48. 2011 Human Capital Metrics Conference KeyNotes Report

    10 February, 2012 | Conference KeyNotes

    Using statistical, predictive analysis of its human capital is key to helping it create business strategy and make investment decisions.

  49. 2011 Organization Design Conference KeyNotes Report

    09 February, 2012 | Conference KeyNotes

    The world is changing at a faster pace than ever. As a result, organizations are being forced to realign their focus and reinvent themselves with changing global landscapes, technologies, priorities, and customer needs.

  50. 2011 Succession Management Conference KeyNotes Report

    06 January, 2012 | Conference KeyNotes

    Human resources leaders must make succession management a strategic priority and take the lead in the development of a corporate-wide approach.

  51. 2011 Corporate Security, Business Continuity, and Crisis Management Conference KeyNotes Report

    19 December, 2011 | Conference KeyNotes

    Companies need to expect and prepare for the unexpected. Risk mitigation and crisis planning are ongoing processes should include anticipating potential threats and practicing how to deal with certain crises.

  52. 2011 Future Leaders Conference KeyNotes Report

    01 December, 2011 | Conference KeyNotes

    For companies to remain competitive, they will need to develop young leaders early in their careers.

  53. 2011 Executive Coaching Summit KeyNotes Report

    01 December, 2011 | Conference KeyNotes

    Corporations need to develop top talent that can provide global leadership. To meet these demands, organizations are using coaching to help their leaders achieve optimum performance.

Council Perspectives

  1. Streamlining Product Safety and Regulatory Information along the Value Chain

    21 October, 2014 | Council Perspectives

    The lack of consistent approaches for sharing product stewardship information in today’s complex global economy creates significant business risks that are often invisible to leadership.

  2. Taming the Change Tiger: Transforming Chaos and Uncertainty into Opportunity

    16 October, 2014 | Council Perspectives

    Organizations need to change the way they change—to redefine a broader, more accountable, enterprise-wide approach that rides the chaos and achieves the best result.

  3. Reframing the Issue: New Ways to Think about Cyber Risk and Security

    03 December, 2013 | Council Perspectives

    Cyber risk is just one of many operational risks, and, from a business viewpoint, mitigation of cyber risk should focus on fundamental risk management, corporate resilience, and managing human behavior.

  4. Sourcing at Home: Is the United States a Viable Component of a Global Services Portfolio?

    15 October, 2013 | Council Perspectives

    The United States makes a good “and/also” sourcing destination and component of a delivery services framework, but policy roadblocks still preclude it from being a viable alternative to offshoring.

  5. Sharing Safety and Regulatory Information along the Value Chain

    11 October, 2013 | Council Perspectives

    The challenge facing many companies is that while on the surface their supply chain may appear clear, the opposite is often true when it comes to safety and regulatory information.

  6. Pillars of Employee Resource Group Success

    23 August, 2013 | Council Perspectives

    In theory, employee resource groups (ERGs) encourage diversity to ensure that a range of perspectives are used to achieve a company’s goals. But what are the true benefits of ERGs?

  7. New Career Models That Can Support Your Diversity and Inclusion Program

    10 June, 2013 | Council Perspectives

    Cultivating new career models and fostering gender-balanced leadership require the will to move beyond the status quo. Making high-profile “risky” appointments of women is important, and women need to be encouraged to apply.

  8. Managing Contractors and Ensuring Safety in Emerging Markets

    30 May, 2013 | Council Perspectives

    Although emerging markets beckon with new business opportunities, they also present major health and safety challenges that foreign investors need to clearly understand.

  9. Building an Effective Product Stewardship and Regulatory Affairs Organization

    25 January, 2013 | Council Perspectives

    PSRA has expanded from narrowly managing compliance to enabling the business to pursue new products and markets, driving the need for additional skills in the function.

  10. Design-Centered Innovation: Observe, Learn, Innovate

    16 January, 2013 | Council Perspectives

    Customers value the experience of using a product or service, not just the product or service itself. Companies can use a design-centered approach to innovation to facilitate the process of selling the total “experience” to their customers.

  11. Talent Management Tomorrow: Seeing Around the Corner to Meet Strategic Business Needs

    14 September, 2012 | Council Perspectives

    This report, the work of eight councils of The Conference Board worldwide in the area of talent management, assesses the current state of the function and then “peeks around the corner” to see what challenges lie ahead.

  12. Leveraging Corporate Security for Business Growth and Improved Performance: The Transformative Effect of 9/11

    11 September, 2012 | Council Perspectives

    Security has become a core function, embedded in disciplines like finance, law, human resources, quality, supply chain, marketing, and operations.

  13. Education and Corporate Philanthropy: Focus Funding for Maximum Impact

    09 August, 2012 | Council Perspectives

    Developing a lens through which to evaluate each potential corporate philanthropy program is critical to success and maximizing impact.

  14. Water Worries: How Incorporating Long-Term Risk into Strategic Planning Pays Off

    11 June, 2012 | Council Perspectives

    How companies manage risk, opportunity, and scarcity today will determine the long-term value they create for stakeholders and society, and the world’s dwindling water resources are a pivotal case in point.

  15. Multiculturalism in a Post-9/11, Media-charged World

    07 June, 2012 | Council Perspectives

    The multicultural future of the United States is here, but, given the post-9/11 atmosphere of distrust and fear, businesses must work to foster the relationships that promote inclusiveness.

  16. Answering The Conference Board CEO Challenge® 2012: Innovation Leads, Uncertainty Lingers

    29 May, 2012 | Council Perspectives

    Is today’s C-suite taking full advantage of its organization’s quality executives and function as a way to answer its most pressing challenges?

  17. Supplier Diversity Value Proposition: What Every Organization’s Important Stakeholders Need to Know about Supplier Diversity

    21 May, 2012 | Council Perspectives

    In order to serve the needs of a changing customer base, companies should review and, if necessary, rejuvenate their supplier diversity programs.

  18. Managing the Conversation

    19 March, 2012 | Council Perspectives

    While branding has always been about shaping experiences, today, in the age of 24/7 communication and social media, the challenge has shifted from shaping the message to managing an active conversation.

  19. Expanded Liability in Unclaimed Property: Are States Going Too Far?

    11 January, 2012 | Council Perspectives

    Aggressive enforcement of unclaimed property laws, along with an expanded definition of what constitutes unclaimed property, is raising the risk profile for organizations.

  20. Board Evaluation Process in the UK and Selected Continental European Countries

    16 November, 2011 | Council Perspectives

    This Council Perspectives examines the differences in practices and requirements between several European countries including the UK regarding board evaluations and individual committee evaluations, and includes samples.

  21. Environmental, Health, Safety, and Sustainability Governance: What a Difference a Few Years Can Make

    26 September, 2011 | Council Perspectives

    The Chief Environment, Health, and Safety Officers’ Council survey results and analysis underscore a corporate shift of attention to sustainability as a source of business value.

  22. Since the Levees Broke: A Snapshot of New Orleans

    17 August, 2011 | Council Perspectives

    Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans in 2005, and in the years since, corporate contributions have tackled much more than rebuilding—they have also fostered innovation in the underlying issues of health care, education, poverty, and the environment.

  23. Answering the 2011 CEO Challenge: Accelerating Growth through Quality

    13 June, 2011 | Council Perspectives

    This Council Perspective examines the role the quality function can play in meeting the top challenges identified in the latest edition of The Conference Board CEO Challenge™, an annual survey of top executives.

  24. Supplier Diversity: Helping to Enhance the Corporate Brand

    28 April, 2011 | Council Perspectives

    This Council Perspectives points out how supplier diversity can create a competitive advantage for an organization and encourages leaders to think beyond the function’s traditional role.

  25. Competitive Intelligence: A Critical Tool for Innovation

    28 April, 2011 | Council Perspectives

    The “next big thing” could hit at any time and revolutionize your industry, leaving you with outdated products, processes, partners, and business models. Competitive intelligence (CI) can provide critical insights into what your competitors are doing.

  26. HR in Asia: Priorities in Compensation and Benefits

    22 April, 2011 | Council Perspectives

    Global, standardized compensation and benefit programs help companies achieve consistency and convenience. But companies must strike a balance by delivering programs that are also responsive to the varying needs of their far-flung business units.

  27. Employers and U.S. Public Education – Facilitating an Open Discussion about the Role of Business in U.S. Public Schools

    04 February, 2011 | Council Perspectives

    A guide to be used by employers to discuss with employees why they invest in education and how employees can engage in those programs as well as become better consumers of education.
    Program Inventory 

  28. Giving the Working Poor a Working Chance

    02 February, 2011 | Council Perspectives

    How can business and the world’s corporations help efforts to alleviate global poverty? And what is the rationale for getting involved?

  29. Time to Step Up: Challenges and Opportunities Facing Talent Management

    11 November, 2010 | Council Perspectives

    This report looks at the opportunities and challenges facing the future of talent management and addresses four basic concerns that go the heart of the talent management function's future.

  30. Best Practices in Managing Information Vendor Portfolios

    05 November, 2010 | Council Perspectives

    This council perspective outlines a set of best practices to help content managers ensure the organization gets the best value for its investment in licensed information resources.

  31. Go Where There Be Dragons

    19 October, 2010 | Council Perspectives

    This report draws from the wisdom of 100+ executives on seven of The Conference Board Councils in Europe, the United States and Asia to define the global forces that are redefining the structure of leadership.

  32. Mind the Gap: Overcoming Organisational Barriers to Develop Inclusive Leaders

    23 August, 2010 | Council Perspectives

    This report looks at the challenges Diversity and Inclusion (D&I),Talent Management, and Leadership Development professionals face in creating a corporate culture that embraces D&I as a core leadership trait, one that permeates functions and business unit

  33. Supply Chain Benchmarking: Process and Methodology

    01 June, 2010 | Council Perspectives

    Supply chain operations within an organization should be constantly reviewed to identify where improvements can be made.

  34. Role of Competitive Intelligence in Driving Growth

    01 April, 2010 | Council Perspectives

    As companies emerge from a recession mentality they need to start priming for a return to growth

  35. Answering the CEO Challenge: How Quality Can Drive Profitable Growth across the Organization

    01 April, 2010 | Council Perspectives

    Results of The Conference Board 2010 CEO Challenge survey point to an increased global focus on corporate reputation for quality, one of the original drivers of the quality management movement.

  36. Cracking the Financial Code

    01 March, 2010 | Council Perspectives

    This report is an issue-specific excerpt from Council Perspectives (CP-015) Corporate Brands: Meeting the Challenges of Changing Times.

  37. Corporate Brands: Strategies for the New Normal

    01 March, 2010 | Council Perspectives

    This report is an issue-specific excerpt from Council Perspectives (CP-015) Corporate Brands: Meeting the Challenges of Changing Times.

  38. Social Media and Word-of-Mouth Marketing

    01 March, 2010 | Council Perspectives

    What will the operating landscape - the new normal - look like post-recession? It will be a tougher place to manage a corporate brand. Companies simply won't be able to do things the way they always have. But that may not be such a bad thing.

  39. Corporate Brands: Meeting the Challenges of Changing Times

    01 February, 2010 | Council Perspectives

    This report, based on a September 2009 meeting of The Conference Board Council on Corporate Brand Management, discusses the challenges facing the corporate brand and what the new operating landscape—the new normal—will look like once the recession ends.

  40. Diversity and Inclusion: Global Challenges and Opportunities

    01 January, 2010 | Council Perspectives

    This report, which is based on a joint meeting of The Conference Board Diversity and Inclusion Councils, offers insights into both the external and internal hurdles companies face when they try to implement a global diversity program.

  41. Supplier Diversity in the 21st Century

    01 December, 2009 | Council Perspectives

    Today the the main task of supplier diversity executives is ensuring that the organizational commitment remains intact during turbulent economic times.

  42. Going Non-traditional to Create a Successful Shared Services Organization

    01 December, 2009 | Council Perspectives

    Budget squeezes and demands for even greater cost savings are forcing shared services organizations to look at non-traditional approaches to help hold the line and improve efficiency.

  43. Ethics & the Board: Integrating Integrity into Business Strategy

    01 December, 2009 | Council Perspectives

    This report provides a 360-degree, high-level overview of "touch points" between issues of business integrity and the role of the governing body of a business.

  44. A Leadership Prescription for the Future of Quality

    01 May, 2009 | Council Perspectives

    This report, created by The Conference Board Quality Council, looks at the future role of quality throughout the enterprise.

  45. Changing Attitudes to Work – What Should HR Do?

    01 March, 2009 | Council Perspectives

    Participants at The Conference Board’s European Human Resources Council Summit issue a set of management recommendations to deal with changing work attitudes.

  46. How Effective Information Services Can Contribute to the Bottom Line

    01 December, 2008 | Council Perspectives

    The five case studies in this report demonstrate how having the right information at the right time and in the right format can create a competitive advantage and help top executives more effectively manage the bottom line.

  47. Huddled Masses? Why Helping Immigrants Helps Companies

    01 September, 2008 | Council Perspectives

    Immigration is a hot-button issue. When it comes to corporate philanthropy, the target should be immigrant integration. The payoff to both business and society can be handsome.

  48. 2008 Executive Coaching Fee Survey

    01 August, 2008 | Council Perspectives

    This report offers an analysis of the rates organizations pay for executive coaching services.

  49. Creating a Competency Model for Diversity and Inclusion Practitioners

    01 May, 2008 | Council Perspectives

    This report sets out a new and unique competency model for 21st century D&I practioners.

  50. Middle Managers: Engaging and Enrolling the Biggest Roadblock to Diversity and Inclusion

    01 April, 2007 | Council Perspectives

    Middle management is essential to the success of any diversity initiative – playing a key role in hiring, development and promotion decisions. But they're often at direct odds with diversity practitioners, who by definition challenge the status quo.

  51. Faith at Work: What Does It Mean to Be a “Faith-Friendly” Company?

    01 November, 2006 | Council Perspectives

    Though in its early stages, the "faith-at-work movement" is demanding serious attention from employers. How companies frame their response will determine if the issue becomes a legal minefield or a source of competitive advantage.

  52. Age and Opportunity: Plan Strategically to Get the Most Out of a Maturing Workforce

    01 April, 2006 | Council Perspectives

    The trend numbers are enough to frighten even the most stoic CEO. In a nutshell: if boomers retire as expected, there won’t be enough people to do the work. But companies can plan their way out of the worst and gain a competitive advantage too

Director Notes

  1. Shareholder Proposals on Social and Environmental Issues

    05 December, 2014 | Director Notes

    Political spending and climate change, key topics during the proxy 2014 season, are expected to feature heavily again in 2015 shareholder proposals.

  2. Women on Boards: Beyond Quotas

    26 September, 2014 | Director Notes

    Many countries are realizing that quotas may fail to address the root causes of the shortage of women on boards and are examining alternative approaches to creating true gender diversity.

  3. Corporate Social Responsibility in India

    13 August, 2014 | Director Notes

    Given India’s global influence, there is much potential for its vision of mandatory CSR, which anticipates CSR as a central component of corporate activity, to spread to the rest of the world.

  4. Managing Supply Chain Sustainability and Risk

    11 July, 2014 | Director Notes

    Addressing supply chain risk and sustainability in isolation may put a firm at considerable risk. Companies should pursue strategies that recognize that supply chain risk and sustainability are inextricably intertwined.

  5. Interim CEO: Reasonable Choice or Failed Selection?

    20 June, 2014 | Director Notes

    This report examines antecedents and consequences of interim CEO selection to provide boards the evidence needed to make informed decisions about CEO succession.

  6. Distracted Directors and Firm Value

    09 June, 2014 | Director Notes

    This report examines the effect of director busyness on firm value and provides evidence that independent director busyness can be detrimental to the quality of the board monitoring role.

  7. Activism of Carl Icahn and Bill Ackman

    23 May, 2014 | Director Notes

    It is increasingly important for directors to understand the governance failures that attract activist investors and the tactics activists use to advance investor arguments for changes in target companies.

  8. Corporate Sustainability in Brazil

    21 May, 2014 | Director Notes

    This report looks at Brazil through a corporate sustainability lens and offers an overview of the current state of environmental and social practices among its business organizations.

  9. How Do Financial Markets Respond to Corporate Sustainability Disclosure?

    25 April, 2014 | Director Notes

    While established evidence shows that bad corporate environmental news is punished by the market, emerging evidence shows that, in some instances, superior environmental performance may also be punished.

  10. Corporate Governance Practices in US Initial Public Offerings

    07 April, 2014 | Director Notes

    A review of the largest US initial public offerings shows that newly public companies have a great deal of latitude in designing their governance structures, at least at the time of their IPO.

  11. Board’s Role in Cybersecurity

    24 March, 2014 | Director Notes

    To protect finances, liability, reputation, and future growth, corporate boards must ensure that their companies have appropriate processes in place to manage cyber risk in their business.

  12. How Well Do Corporate Directors Know Senior Management?

    10 March, 2014 | Director Notes

    Companies can improve the quality of their CEO succession and internal talent development programs by fostering regular formal and informal interaction between directors and senior management.

  13. Developing an Effective Climate Change Strategy

    25 February, 2014 | Director Notes

    Climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies are becoming increasingly important. This report details eight steps for developing such strategies and provides examples of companies that have done so.

  14. Impact of Board Dynamics on Shareholder Value Creation

    14 February, 2014 | Director Notes

    Aristotle’s maxim that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts is alive and well in the boardroom. This report shows that better team dynamics among board members produces better financial performance.

  15. Trends in Exclusive Forum Bylaws

    14 January, 2014 | Director Notes

    This report examines the increase in the adoption of exclusive forum bylaws, the language used to craft them, their enforceability in litigation, and issues for boards
    to consider before adoption.

  16. Risk Oversight: Evolving Expectations for Boards

    06 January, 2014 | Director Notes

    Evolving expectations for oversight of management’s risk appetite and tolerance present challenges for boards. Boards should consider an objective-centric approach that links retained risks to strategic and foundation business objectives.

  17. Board Accountability in the Current Governance Landscape

    09 December, 2013 | Director Notes

    Institutional investors are looking more deeply into boardroom activities and are more willing to target individual directors deemed responsible for policy failures or poor performance.

  18. Fairness Opinions in the Sale of a Company: Context Is Key

    18 November, 2013 | Director Notes

    This report discusses aspects of a chancery court decision addressing fairness opinion matters and offers guidance regarding such opinions to directors seeking to meet their fiduciary duties during a sales process.

  19. Separation of Ownership from Ownership: Concerns Arising from Institutional Investors as Intermediaries

    05 November, 2013 | Director Notes

    This report discusses the “separation of ownership from ownership” arising from the growth of institutional investors and the resulting concerns about the role of financial intermediaries in the corporate governance process.

  20. Link Between Brand Value and Sustainability

    28 October, 2013 | Director Notes

    Across a range of industries, regions, and enterprise values, there is a correlation between a company’s sustainability performance and the strength of its brand for consumers.

  21. Global Trends in Board-Shareholder Engagement

    07 October, 2013 | Director Notes

    Notwithstanding the potential benefits of engaging shareholders, board directors hesitate to do it—sometimes, rightly so. Real-world examples serve as guidance for those trying to develop an effective engagement program.

  22. Social Issues in the 2013 Proxy Season

    23 September, 2013 | Director Notes

    More than half of the shareholder proposals on social issues submitted at Russell 3000 companies that held meetings during the first half of 2013 went to a vote.

  23. Driving Real Value with CSR

    10 September, 2013 | Director Notes

    Spending on corporate social responsibility (CSR) doesn’t automatically create economic value. Executives who understand when and how to deploy responsible practices, however, can use CSR to improve their bottom line.

  24. Disclosure Lessons from the 2013 Proxy Season

    27 August, 2013 | Director Notes

    Based on a sampling of proxy statements from the first half of 2013, it appears that an increasing number of companies are providing shareholders with additional or enhanced disclosures.

  25. When Do Shareholders Care About CEO Pay?

    19 August, 2013 | Director Notes

    Using simulated say-on-pay votes, this Director Notes investigates how different levels of CEO pay and company performance can interact to influence how shareholders vote.

  26. Generating Value for Investors and Society

    06 August, 2013 | Director Notes

    Corporate social responsibility (CSR) needs to cohere with primary business operations. During the process of strategic development, CSR can be built into the business model so its impact is beneficial.

  27. Underpinnings of Corporate Governance Approaches and the Shareholder Value Model

    23 July, 2013 | Director Notes

    Although it has a rich history, the shareholder model of corporate governance may need to be adapted to address current criticisms.

  28. Corporate Culture and ERM

    28 June, 2013 | Director Notes

    Boards considering ERM should examine the growing data suggesting a correlation between mature risk management practices and value creation and the increasing scrutiny of risk management practices by courts.

  29. Sustainability Business Case: A Model for Incorporating Financial Value Drivers

    12 June, 2013 | Director Notes

    Many past sustainability business case analyses have not effectively incorporated key financial value drivers into the discussion. Companies should consider a framework to link environmental actions to financial value drivers.

  30. CEO-Board Chair Separation: If It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It

    03 June, 2013 | Director Notes

    Companies have not considered company performance when choosing to separate their leadership roles, which, given the dire consequences possible, is probably a strategic mistake.

  31. Corporate Director Selection and Recruitment: A Matrix

    20 May, 2013 | Director Notes

    Every board should agree on a clear statement of desired personal attributes for all board members to guide the nominating and governance committee as they search for director candidates.

  32. Risk in the Boardroom

    01 May, 2013 | Director Notes

    According to a 2012 survey, almost one-quarter of financial services companies have instituted a dedicated risk committee, compared to 5 percent of nonfinancial services companies and 3 percent of manufacturers.

  33. Communicating Sustainability Leadership The Difficulty of Achieving Differentiation

    12 April, 2013 | Director Notes

    The overall decline in perceived performance of sustainability initiatives for two-thirds of companies in a recent study may be the result of rising skepticism about the benefits of sustainability programs.

  34. Peer Groups Understanding CEO Compensation and a Proposal for a New Approach

    05 April, 2013 | Director Notes

    The use of external peer benchmarking in setting executive compensation has contributed to the problem of high and rising pay in the United States.

  35. Sustainability in the Boardroom: A 2013 Update

    26 March, 2013 | Director Notes

    According to a survey, when sustainability oversight is made a primary responsibility of senior management, it tends to fall to the CEO or another senior executive reporting to the CEO.

  36. Potential Cost and Value of ERM

    12 March, 2013 | Director Notes

    Many companies find the concept of enterprise risk management (ERM) appealing, but these companies are often hesitant to implement ERM because of the effort required.

  37. FCPA Enforcement Trends

    27 February, 2013 | Director Notes

    Compared to the blistering pace set by U.S. authorities in previous years, 2012 saw a decline in FCPA enforcement. This downturn, however, will probably be short-lived.

  38. Preparing for a Succession Emergency

    12 February, 2013 | Director Notes

    By integrating an emergency succession plan into their crisis management process, companies can determine their preparedness, identify a credible emergency successor, and increase their ability to smoothly manage the announcement.

  39. Bar Is Rising on Sustainability Leadership

    23 January, 2013 | Director Notes

    In a reflection of ongoing corporate efforts to define and achieve sustainability goals, real performance on sustainability is rising. On the other hand, stakeholders’ perceptions about organizations’ performance are declining.

  40. Achieving a Successful Annual Meeting

    02 January, 2013 | Director Notes

    Responsibility for successful annual general meetings rests with each company’s management and board. Both should ensure the meeting informs and educates stakeholders on the links between governance and business strategy.

  41. Achieving Pay for Performance

    14 December, 2012 | Director Notes

    This report discusses the three dimensions of pay for performance, demonstrates how to measure them using historical pay data, and presents a simple pay plan that achieves perfect pay for performance using annual grants of performance shares.

  42. Board Oversight of Management’s Risk Appetite and Tolerance

    05 December, 2012 | Director Notes

    This Director Notes analyzes the handicaps created by current risk oversight and assurance approaches and tools, highlights six goals for boards in executing their risk oversight duties, and provides practical advice for directors on how to achieve them.

  43. Charting a Path to Sustainability Leadership

    14 November, 2012 | Director Notes

    This report looks at the potential benefits of demonstrating good environmental, social, and governance performance and discusses five traits of companies that excel in the operational and communication dimensions of sustainability.

  44. Reporting on Corporate Sustainability Performance

    29 October, 2012 | Director Notes

    This report presents an analysis of 94 sustainability reports published by Canadian corporations in 10 sectors. The results reveal incredible diversity in the performance indicators disclosed, both across and within sectors.

  45. What Do Corporate Directors and Senior Managers Know about Social Media?

    24 October, 2012 | Director Notes

    This report provides insights into how senior-level decision makers in North American companies view social media, and offers recommendations for implementing a social media strategy that ties in with corporate strategy and risk management practices.

  46. Review of Shareholder Proposals on Environmental Issues

    09 October, 2012 | Director Notes

    This report looks at shareholder proposals on environmental issues that were voted during the 2012 proxy season to determine which issues were most often brought to boards and which received the greatest support from shareholders.

  47. Defining Pay in Pay for Performance

    25 September, 2012 | Director Notes

    This report examines pay-for-performance (PFP) issues to consider in making year-end compensation decisions, designing pay plans, and drafting 2013 proxies. It also offers examples of how to define “pay” for PFP analysis and disclosure purposes.

  48. When the Debt Incurred in a Cash Merger Causes the Target to Fail: Protecting Target Directors

    11 September, 2012 | Director Notes

    This report describes the potential liability directors may face if they approve a cash merger financed in substantial part through borrowing and the target company fails. It also offers steps directors can consider to help mitigate that risk.

  49. Handling a Corporate Crisis

    15 August, 2012 | Director Notes

    In today’s climate, securities and financial firms are likely to face some enforcement proceedings that create a situation fraught with potential pitfalls. This report discusses 10 prescriptions for handling these situations well.

  50. Strategic Risk Management: A Primer for Directors

    25 July, 2012 | Director Notes

    This report describes the factors that are driving the need for board-level strategic risk management, outlines a strategic risk assessment process, and offers recommendations for integrating risk management in strategy execution and measurement.

  51. Stakeholder Dialogue in Germany, Italy, and the United States

    11 July, 2012 | Director Notes

    This Director Notes describes the results of an international survey on 249 stakeholder dialogue (SD) initiatives undertaken by firms in Germany, Italy, and the United States.

  52. Collaboration Between Multistakeholder Standards: A Governance Perspective

    26 June, 2012 | Director Notes

    This report examines the nature, benefits, and shortcomings of existing multistakeholder corporate social responsibility (CSR) standards, and it discusses how businesses can better coordinate their participation in a variety of initiatives.

  53. CEO Succession Planning: Current Developments, Shareholder Activism, and Disclosure Practices

    12 June, 2012 | Director Notes

    This report examines recent governance developments in the area of CEO succession, including shareholder activism during the 2011 and 2012 proxy seasons, and current examples of corporate disclosure and policies.

  54. Linking Executive Compensation to Sustainability Performance

    30 May, 2012 | Director Notes

    This report discusses efforts by some companies to incorporate sustainability performance into executive compensation schemes, and provides an overview of recent shareholder proposals filed on this topic.

  55. Global Supply Chain Labor Standards

    14 May, 2012 | Director Notes

    This report examines the adoption of supplier codes of conduct and supply chain labor policies; a framework for implementing supply chain sustainability programs, and media coverage, proxy voting guidelines and shareholder proposals related to this topic.

  56. Women on Boards: Review and Outlook

    02 May, 2012 | Director Notes

    This report examines the prevalence of women directors in the Fortune 1000 and an additional 1,000 midcap companies and offers recommendations for boards looking to recruit women directors and for women interested in serving on boards.

  57. Proxy Season 2012: The Year of Pay for Performance

    16 April, 2012 | Director Notes

    This report discusses the analytics and issues around pay for performance and suggests ways to analyze P4P alignment, counter negative proxy adviser recommendations, and draft proxies to obtain support for pay programs.

  58. Communication Patterns of Corporate Social Responsibility within and across Industries

    02 April, 2012 | Director Notes

    This report examines how American corporations collectively describe their corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities based on an analysis of data collected from 103 Fortune 500 websites.

  59. From Enron To Lehman Brothers: Lessons for Boards From Recent Corporate Governance Failures

    26 March, 2012 | Director Notes

    This report identifies common pitfalls in many current whistleblower and compliance policies and programs, and offers recommendations for audit committee on how to strengthen them.

  60. Influence of Proxy Advisory Firm Voting Recommendations on Say-on-Pay Votes and Executive Compensation Decisions

    12 March, 2012 | Director Notes

    This report examines evidence of the influence of proxy advisory firm voting recommendations on shareholder voting outcomes, particularly say-on-pay votes, and presents findings showing the impact of those firms on the design of executive pay programs.

  61. Financial Reporting Challenges for 2012

    24 February, 2012 | Director Notes

    This report examines key messages and disclosure guidance issued by the Securities and Exchange Commission and Public Company Accounting Oversight Board to assist public company executives and directors in preparing and reviewing 2012 periodic reports.

  62. Way Forward: A Primer on Conducting an Independent Investigation

    10 February, 2012 | Director Notes

    Internal investigations are an essential response amid allegations of corporate misconduct. This report discusses steps corporate management should take upon learning of such allegations and the decisions that must be made during an investigation.

  63. Corporate Governance Practices for Initial Public Offerings in the United States

    25 January, 2012 | Director Notes

    This report examines the corporate governance practices of 50 U.S. companies at the time of their initial public offerings (IPOs) and finds that pressure to update governance practices at larger companies has had a limited effect on IPO-stage companies.

  64. Risk Oversight: Should Your Board Have a Separate Risk Committee?

    13 January, 2012 | Director Notes

    This report explores the question of whether the board of directors should establish a separate risk committee, including the factors it must consider, and provides examples to clarify the role and responsibility of a separate risk committee.

  65. Activism and the Move toward Annual Director Elections

    12 December, 2011 | Director Notes

    This report documents the extent to which activism pushes corporations to implement annual elections and compares the influence different forms of activism.

  66. Role of the Board in Accelerating the Adoption of Integrated Reporting

    28 November, 2011 | Director Notes

    This report examines the concept of integrated reporting and its current state of adoption around the globe.

  67. Revisiting Justifications for Board Diversity

    10 November, 2011 | Director Notes

    This report examines empirical data on board diversity and finds that reliance on the business case has not translated into appreciable gains. As such, it suggests that moral and social rationales be reincorporated into strategies for advancing diversity.

  68. Role of the Board in Fraud Risk Management

    28 October, 2011 | Director Notes

    This report discusses the role of the board in requiring, overseeing, supporting, and evaluating their organization's fraud risk management program.

  69. Excess Pay and the Dodd-Frank Clawback

    19 October, 2011 | Director Notes

    This report discusses excess pay’s cost to investors, explains why most existing clawbacks fall short of what Dodd–Frank is likely to require, and offers guidance for boards seeking to minimize excess pay not reached by Dodd–Frank.

  70. Assessing Pay for Performance

    11 October, 2011 | Director Notes

    This report explores five interpretations of the “pay for performance” concept, presents a practical way to measure it, and offers questions for directors to consider to assess and improve pay for performance at their company.

  71. SOP Drives Compensation Program Changes to Enhance Pay/Performance Link

    13 September, 2011 | Director Notes

    This report examines recent compensation program changes made by some Fortune 500 companies to enhance the link between pay and performance in preparation for their first say-on-pay votes, and provides recommendations for companies to consider.

  72. Making the Business Case for Corporate Philanthropy

    01 August, 2011 | Director Notes

    This report discusses the issues surrounding corporate philanthropy and provides practical recommendations to companies and boards for increasing the accountability and transparency of corporate giving programs.

  73. A Closer Look at Negative Say-on-Pay Votes During the 2011 Proxy Season

    25 July, 2011 | Director Notes

    More than 2,200 Russell 3000 ® Index companies have held say-on-pay votes this annual meeting season. This report analyzes the results of votes held through June 17, 2011, across several metrics.

  74. Say on Pay in the 2011 Proxy Season: Lessons Learned and Coming Attractions for U.S. Public Companies

    12 July, 2011 | Director Notes

    This Director Notes reviews the results of the inaugural season of shareholder advisory votes under the Dodd-Frank Act through June 23, 2011 and offers recommendations for companies to consider in making their compensation and governance decisions.

  75. SEC Enforcement Actions against Outside Directors Offer Reminder for Boards

    28 June, 2011 | Director Notes

    This report discusses recent cases in light of the SEC’s historical position on offenses by outside directors and offers recommendations for how board members can mitigate their risks.

  76. Business Case for Corporate Social Responsibility

    06 June, 2011 | Director Notes

    This report documents some of the potential bottom-line benefits to companies of being attentive to CSR: reducing cost and risk, gaining competitive advantage, developing and maintaining legitimacy and reputational capital, and achieving win-win outcomes

  77. Outbound Mergers and Acquisitions by Indian Firms

    25 May, 2011 | Director Notes

    This report discusses the legal reforms implemented by the government to help facilitate overseas acquisitions by Indian firms, and the regulatory impediments that still exist to mergers and acquisitions by Indian firms.

  78. Does CEO Education Matter?

    17 May, 2011 | Director Notes

    This report analyzes data on the education of 1,800 individuals who served as CEOs of Standard & Poor’s Composite 1500 companies to determine the effect of education on CEO turnover and firm performance.

  79. Role of CFOs in Material Accounting Manipulations

    04 May, 2011 | Director Notes

    This report investigates the factors that may lead a CFO to engage in accounting manipulations.

  80. Measuring the Effects of Corporate Social Responsibility

    06 April, 2011 | Director Notes

    This report discusses a model for measuring the efficient and effective use of corporate resources allocated to CSR activities.

  81. What Board Members Should Know About Communicating CSR

    23 March, 2011 | Director Notes

    This report discusses what to communicate (i.e., message content) and where (i.e., message channel), as well as the major factors (internal and external to the organization) that affect the effectiveness of corporate social responsibility communication.

  82. Poison Pills in 2011

    17 March, 2011 | Director Notes

    This report discusses new trends and provides guidance to boards considering whether to adopt a pill and how to formulate its terms.

  83. Professionalization of Shareholder Activism in France

    23 February, 2011 | Director Notes

    This report summarizes notable activism developments in France and examines the phenomenon of professionalization with two recent examples: the Suez-Gaz de France and the Atos Origin cases.

  84. Investing in CSR to Enhance Customer Value

    15 February, 2011 | Director Notes

    This report, which is based on the analysis of 163 articles from the most relevant empirical literature on the subject, offers a number of practical recommendations to business leaders embarking in CSR programs for their companies.

  85. Risk Oversight Practices: Two Success Stories

    24 January, 2011 | Director Notes

    This report explains how strong alignment of risk understanding and support from the board has been crucial to each company’s performance in challenging times.

  86. Some Thoughts for Boards of Directors in 2011

    14 January, 2011 | Director Notes

    This report highlights a few of the more notable corporate governance issues that boards will face in 2011.

  87. E-Proxy Reform, Activism, and the Decline in Retail Shareholder Voting

    23 December, 2010 | Director Notes

    This report explores issues that have arisen since the introduction of the new electronic forms of delivering voting materials: the observed shareholder response-rate decline and the impact on activism.

  88. A Brief Overview of Corporate Governance Reforms in India

    16 December, 2010 | Director Notes

    It remains to be seen whether India’s recent voluntary corporate governance measures will become mandatory for all companies through a revision of the Companies Act.

  89. Private Ordering and Proxy Access Rules: The Case for Prompt Attention

    09 December, 2010 | Director Notes

    This report focuses on advance-notice bylaws, director qualification bylaws (such as those setting age standards, term limits, or stock ownership requirements), conduct-of-meeting bylaws, and nominating committee charters.

  90. Pay vs. Performance Disclosure: The Case for Prompt Attention

    30 November, 2010 | Director Notes

    The subject of pay versus performance disclosure is expected to take center stage in the upcoming proxy season. This report discusses the issues on which board members should promptly focus their attention.

  91. Preparing for the 2011 Proxy Season

    08 November, 2010 | Director Notes

    This report discusses the major likely characteristics of the 2011 proxy season as well as a number of practical recommendations to help boards take charge of corporate governance, improve communications, and manage relations with shareholders.

  92. Corporate Misconduct and the Market for Directorships

    04 November, 2010 | Director Notes

    This report analyzes the changes in directorships held by outside board members of 113 public companies involved in a shareholder class-action lawsuit alleging the misrepresentation of information to investors.

  93. Retaining Former CEOs on the Board

    05 October, 2010 | Director Notes

    What are the costs and benefits of retaining the former CEO on the board? This Director Notes discusses findings from an analysis of the determinants of the company's decision to offer board membership to the departing CEO.

  94. Risk Oversight Practices: Insights from Corporate Directors

    14 September, 2010 | Director Notes

    This survey based report highlights a set of concrete emerging best practices for Risk Oversight.

  95. Role of the Board in Risk Oversight

    23 August, 2010 | Director Notes

    This is the first in a series of four studies developed in collaboration with Davis Polk & Wardwell to provide guidelines and examples to member companies of The Conference Board on emerging practices following the SEC enhanced disclosure reform.

  96. Board Leadership Structure

    23 August, 2010 | Director Notes

    This Director Notes is the second in a series of four studies developed in collaboration with Davis Polk & Wardwell to provide guidelines and examples to member companies of The Conference Board on emerging practices following the SEC enhanced disclosure

  97. Board Diversity and Director Qualifications

    23 August, 2010 | Director Notes

    This is the third in a series of four studies developed in collaboration with Davis Polk & Wardwell to provide guidelines and examples to member companies of The Conference Board on emerging practices following the SEC enhanced disclosure reform.

  98. Compensation-Related Risk and Compensation Consultants

    23 August, 2010 | Director Notes

    This is the last in a series of four studies developed in collaboration with Davis Polk & Wardwell to provide guidelines and examples to member companies of The Conference Board on emerging practices following the SEC enhanced disclosure reform.

  99. Know Your Shareholders: The Use of Cash-Settled Equity Derivatives to Hide Corporate Ownership Interests

    14 July, 2010 | Director Notes

    Regulators across Europe are increasingly aware of the effects of hidden ownership, where investors use cash-settled equity derivatives to eschew disclosure rules while building up stakes in public corporations.

  100. Sustainability in the Boardroom

    10 June, 2010 | Director Notes

    Despite formal assignment of responsibilities to top business leaders, many companies still lack the structural framework to enable proper director oversight of corporate sustainability.

  101. Examining the Impact of SEC Guidance Changes on CEO Succession Planning

    29 April, 2010 | Director Notes

    In late 2009, the SEC made a policy change that effectively removes the defense used by companies reluctant to disclose their CEO succession process to shareholders. The change means a new wave of corporate governance scrutiny.

  102. Investor Engagement in Europe in the Wake of the Shareholder Rights Directive Implementation

    07 April, 2010 | Director Notes

    This report briefly outlines major governance issues that, in light of the new legal and economic environment, the boards of European public companies should consider, especially in connection with their general meetings.

  103. Directors' Duties under the New SEC Rules on Disclosure Enhancement

    17 February, 2010 | Director Notes

    This report discusses the new SEC rules and reform in detail and touches on the implications for boards of directors.

  104. Duty to Monitor under Delaware Law: from Caremark to Citigroup

    04 February, 2010 | Director Notes

    Have corporate governance laws struck the right balance between risk taking and risk mitigation? This report provides an overview of Delaware law developments on the fiduciary duty to monitor.

  105. From Compliance Governance to Strategic Governance

    15 January, 2010 | Director Notes

    With both companies and investors under pressure and looking for redemption, the 2010 annual meeting season will be a shadow referendum on the crisis and an inflection point in the evolution of corporate governance.

  106. Directors’ Duties and the Pursuit of Social Investments

    14 January, 2010 | Director Notes

    This report examines the implications of sustainability on business corporations and on the body of law that governs them.

  107. Director Notes: The Role of the Board in Risk Oversight—Adapting to Regulatory Developments and Emerging Practices

    20 November, 2009 | Director Notes

    This report highlights a range of considerations for directors as they approach the assessment and oversight of their risk management programs.

Economics Program Working Paper Series

  1. Global Growth Projections for The Conference Board Global Economic Outlook 2015

    12 November, 2014 | Economics Program Working Paper Series

    This paper presents the methodology for The Conference Board Global Economic Outlook 2015, including projections for 11 major regions.

  2. Knowledge Spillovers, ICT and Productivity Growth

    13 June, 2014 | Economics Program Working Paper Series

    by Carol Corrado, Jonathan Haskel, and Cecilia Jona-Lasinio

    May 2014 - EPWP #14 – 02

    What are the channels through which intangible assets affect productivity?

  3. China's Growth and Productivity Performance Debate Revisited - Accounting for China’s Sources of Growth with a New Data Set

    05 February, 2014 | Economics Program Working Paper Series

    by Harry X. Wu January 2014 - EPWP #14 – 01

    There are several problems with official Chinese economic data that are often overlooked, including structural breaks in employment statistics and implausibly high labor productivity figures related to “nonmaterial” services.

  4. Brands as Productive Assets: Concepts, Measurement, and Global Trends

    15 November, 2013 | Economics Program Working Paper Series

    by Carol A. Corrado and Janet X. Hao

    This paper finds that conventional measures misrepresent brand spending trends in the United States because those metrics do not take into account increased spending on social media and strategic marketing.

  5. Tracking Business Cycles in Brazil with Composite Indexes of Coincident and Leading Economic Indicators

    20 August, 2013 | Economics Program Working Paper Series

    by Aloisio Campelo Jr., Jing Sima-Friedman, Sarah Lima, Ataman Ozyildirim, Paulo Picchetti

    August 2013 - EPWP #13 – 06

  6. Modeling Trends, Cyclical Movements and Turning Points of the Chinese Economy

    20 June, 2013 | Economics Program Working Paper Series

    by Ataman Ozyildirim and Harry Wu

    June 2013 - EPWP #13 – 02

  7. Forecasting Chinese Households’ Demand from Home Production

    12 June, 2013 | Economics Program Working Paper Series

    by Yabin Wang
    June 2013 - EPWP #13 – 01

  8. Recent Changes in Europe’s Competitive Landscape and Medium-Term Perspectives: How the Sources of Demand and Supply Are Shaping Up

    06 May, 2013 | Economics Program Working Paper Series

    by Bart van Ark, Vivian Chen, Bert Colijn, Kirsten Jaeger, Wim Overmeer, and Marcel Timmer
    March 2013 - EPWP #13 – 05

  9. Intangible Capital and Growth in Advanced Economies: Measurement Methods and Comparative Results

    13 December, 2012 | Economics Program Working Paper Series

    by Carol Corrado, Jonathan Haskel, Cecilia Jona-Lasinio and Massimiliano Iommi
    December 2012 - EPWP #12 – 03

  10. Innovation Accounting

    13 December, 2012 | Economics Program Working Paper Series

    by Carol Corrado and Charles Hulten
    December 2012 - EPWP #12 – 04

  11. Projecting Global Growth

    13 November, 2012 | Economics Program Working Paper Series

    by Vivian Chen, Ben Cheng, Gad Levanon, Ataman Ozyildirim and Bart van Ark
    November 2012 - EPWP #12 – 02

  12. Total Factor Productivity among Cities in China: Estimation and Explanation

    01 June, 2012 | Economics Program Working Paper Series

    by Yan Xu and Shu Yu
    June 2012 - EPWP #12 – 01

  13. Constructing a Data Set on Labour Composition Change

    20 December, 2011 | Economics Program Working Paper Series

    by Boele Bonthuis
    December 2011 - EPWP #11 – 04

  14. Using the Leading Credit IndexTM to Predict Turning Points in the U.S. Business Cycle

    20 December, 2011 | Economics Program Working Paper Series

    by Gad Levanon, Jean-Claude Manini, Ataman Ozyildirim, Brian Schaitkin, and Jennelyn Tanchua
    December 2011 - EPWP #11 – 05

  15. Comprehensive Benchmark Revisions for The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® for the United States

    20 December, 2011 | Economics Program Working Paper Series

    by Gad Levanon, Ataman Ozyildirim, Brian Schaitkin, and Justyna Zabinska
    December 2011 - EPWP #11 – 06

  16. Projecting Economic Growth with Growth Accounting Techniques: The Conference Board Global Economic Outlook 2012 Sources and Methods

    15 November, 2011 | Economics Program Working Paper Series

    by Vivian Chen, Ben Cheng, Gad Levanon, and Bart van Ark
    November 2011 - EPWP #11 – 07

  17. Constructing a Price Deflator for R&D: Calculating the Price of Knowledge Investments as a Residual

    28 October, 2011 | Economics Program Working Paper Series

    by Carol Corrado, Peter Goodridge, and Jonathan Haskel
    October 2011 - EPWP #11 – 03

  18. U.S. Workers Are Delaying Retirement: Who and Why, and Implications for Businesses

    09 September, 2011 | Economics Program Working Paper Series

    by Gad Levanon and Ben Cheng, September 2011. - EPWP #11 – 02

  19. Impact of ICT on Production of Goods and Services: Policy and Development of ICT—The Impact of Public and Regulatory Policy on ICT Sector Performance

    12 July, 2011 | Economics Program Working Paper Series

    by Raul L. Katz, July 2011. - ICTLinkedWorld #1

  20. Impact of ICT on Production of Goods and Services: Mobile Communication and Social Capital in Korea and the U.S.— How Usage Patterns Predict Social, C

    12 July, 2011 | Economics Program Working Paper Series

    by Scott W. Campbell, Nojin Kwak and Richard Ling, July 2011. - ICTLinkedWorld #2

  21. Impact of ICT on Production of Goods and Services: Who Captures the Benefits of ICT? The Case of Digital Books

    12 July, 2011 | Economics Program Working Paper Series

    by Janet Hao and Randall Weiss, July 2011. - ICTLinkedWorld #3

  22. Towards Comprehensive Measurement of ICT’s Impact: Measuring the Impact of ICT on Health Care

    12 July, 2011 | Economics Program Working Paper Series

    by Robbin te Velde, Jesse Bos, and Reg Brennenraedts, July 2011. - ICTLinkedWorld #4

  23. Impact of ICT on Production of Goods and Services: The Impact of ICT on the Geographic Distribution of Employment

    12 July, 2011 | Economics Program Working Paper Series

    by Vlad Manole and Randall Weiss, July 2011. - ICTLinkedWorld #5

  24. Impact of ICT on Production of Goods and Services: The Global Broadband Bonus: Broadband Internet’s Impact on Seven Countries

    12 July, 2011 | Economics Program Working Paper Series

    by Shane Greenstein and Ryan McDevitt, July 2011. - ICTLinkedWorld #6

  25. Impact of ICT on Production of Goods and Services: The Long Tail of Digital Exclusion — A Comparison Between the UK and Chile

    12 July, 2011 | Economics Program Working Paper Series

    by Ellen J. Helsper and Sergio Godoy-Etcheverry, July 2011. - ICTLinkedWorld #7

  26. Impact of ICT on Production of Goods and Services: Measuring the Impact of ICT on Public Sector Performance

    12 July, 2011 | Economics Program Working Paper Series

    by Robbin te Velde, July 2011. - ICTLinkedWorld #8

  27. Impact of ICT on Production of Goods and Services: Measuring the Impact of ICT on Education

    12 July, 2011 | Economics Program Working Paper Series

    by Cor-Jan Jager, Jesse Bos, and Robbin te Velde, July 2011. - ICTLinkedWorld #9

  28. Impact of ICT on Production of Goods and Services: Towards Comprehensive Measurement of ICT’s Impact: Paying Attention to Society and Culture

    12 July, 2011 | Economics Program Working Paper Series

    by Katherine Schinasi and Ivy Schultz, July 2011. - ICTLinkedWorld #10

  29. Communication Capital, Metcalfe’s Law, and U.S. Productivity Growth

    31 March, 2011 | Economics Program Working Paper Series

    by Carol Corrado, March 2011. - EPWP #11 – 01

  30. India’s Demographic Transition: Boon or Bane? A State-Level Perspective

    30 September, 2010 | Economics Program Working Paper Series

    by Utsav Kumar
    September 2010 - EPWP #10 – 03

  31. On the Selection of Leading Economic Indicators for China

    15 July, 2010 | Economics Program Working Paper Series

    by Bill Adams, Pieter Bottelier, Ataman Ozyildirim, Jing Sima-Friedman, May 2010. - EPWP #10 – 02

  32. Case for Businesses to Invest in Post-Secondary Credentials

    06 February, 2010 | Economics Program Working Paper Series

    by Chris Woock, February 2010 . - EPWP #10 – 01

  33. Rising Wages: Has China Lost Its Global Labor Advantage?

    01 March, 2009 | Economics Program Working Paper Series

    by Dennis Tao Yang, Vivian Chen, Ryan Monarch, March 2009. - EPWP #09 – 03

  34. Cost Competitiveness of the Manufacturing Sector in China and India: An Industry and Regional Perspective

    05 January, 2009 | Economics Program Working Paper Series

    by Bart van Ark, Abdul Azeez Erumban, Vivian Chen, Utsav Kumar, January 2009. – EPWP #09 – 02

  35. Some Recent Changes in Economic Growth, Cycles and Volatility

    04 January, 2009 | Economics Program Working Paper Series

    by Ataman Ozyildirim and Victor Zarnowitz, January 2009. - EPWP #09 – 01

  36. Accounting for the Knowledge Economy

    15 December, 2008 | Economics Program Working Paper Series

    by Charles Hulten, December 2008. - EPWP #08 - 13

  37. Entrepreneurs, Inventors and the Growth of the Economy

    13 December, 2008 | Economics Program Working Paper Series

    by William J. Baumol, December 2008. - EPWP #08 - 12

  38. Exploring Innovation with Firm Level Data

    12 December, 2008 | Economics Program Working Paper Series

    by Samuel Kortum, December 2008. - EPWP #08 - 11

  39. Historical Foundations of American Technology

    11 December, 2008 | Economics Program Working Paper Series

    by Gavin Wright, December 2008. - EPWP #08 - 10

  40. Immigration and Labor Force Trends

    10 December, 2008 | Economics Program Working Paper Series

    by B. Lindsay Lowell, December 2008. - EPWP #08 - 09

  41. Innovation as Viewed from Within the Corporation

    09 December, 2008 | Economics Program Working Paper Series

    by Jim Lichtenberg and Christopher Woock, December 2008. - EPWP #08 - 08

  42. Technological Change and Earnings Polarization: Implications for Skill Demand and Economic Growth

    08 December, 2008 | Economics Program Working Paper Series

    by David Autor, December 2008. - EPWP #08 – 07

  43. dynamics of spatial agglomeration in China: an empirical assessment

    05 December, 2008 | Economics Program Working Paper Series

    by Ana Isabel Moreno-Monroy, December 2008. - EPWP #08 – 06

  44. Business Cycles in the Euro Area Defined with Coincident Economic Indicators and Predicted with Leading Economic Indicators

    01 November, 2008 | Economics Program Working Paper Series

    by Ataman Ozyildirim, Brian Schaitkin, Victor Zarnowitz, November 2008. - EPWP #08 – 04

  45. Measuring Changes in Competitiveness in Chinese Manufacturing Industries Across Regions in 1995 – 2004: An Unit Labor Cost Approach

    07 July, 2008 | Economics Program Working Paper Series

    by Vivian W. Chen, Harry X. Wu, Bart van Ark, June 2008. - EPWP #08 – 03

  46. Intangible Capital and the Market to Book Value Puzzle

    20 June, 2008 | Economics Program Working Paper Series

    by Charles Hulten and Janet Hao, June 2008. - EPWP #08 – 02

  47. On the Measurement and Analysis of Aggregate Economic Activity for China: The Coincident Economic Indicators Approach

    30 April, 2008 | Economics Program Working Paper Series

    by Feng Guo, Ataman Ozyildirim, Victor Zarnowitz, April 2008. - EPWP #08 – 01

  48. Contribution of Restructuring and Reallocation to China's Productivity and Growth

    31 December, 2007 | Economics Program Working Paper Series

    by Haiyan Deng, John Haltiwanger, Robert McGuckin, Jianyi Xu, Yaodong Liu, and Yuqi Liu, December 2007. - EPWP #07 – 04

  49. Persistent Business Cycles and High Economic Growth: How to Explain Their Long Concurrence in Modern Capitalism?

    27 December, 2007 | Economics Program Working Paper Series

    by Victor Zarnowitz, December 2007. - EPWP #07 – 03

  50. Innovation, Intangibles and Economic Growth: Towards A Comprehensive Accounting of the Knowledge Economy

    05 December, 2007 | Economics Program Working Paper Series

    by Bart van Ark and Charles R. Hulten, December 2007. - EPWP #07 – 02

  51. Manufacturing In China Today: Employment And Labor Compensation

    05 November, 2007 | Economics Program Working Paper Series

    by Judith Banister, November 2007. - EPWP #07 – 01

  52. Europe's Productivity Gap: Catching Up or Getting Stuck?

    05 June, 2006 | Economics Program Working Paper Series

    by Bart Van Ark, June 2006. - EPWP #06 - 02

  53. Appendices to "Internationally Comparable Science, Technology and Competitiveness Indicators"

    01 June, 2006 | Economics Program Working Paper Series

    by Robert H. McGuckin, Bart van Ark, Sean M. Dougherty and Robert Inklaar, May 2006. - EPWP #06 – 01

  54. International Comparisons of R&D Expenditure: Does an R&D PPP make a difference?

    13 November, 2004 | Economics Program Working Paper Series

    by Sean M. Dougherty, Robert Inklaar, Robert H. McGuckin, and Bart Van Ark, October 2004. - EPWP #04 - 03

  55. What Role for the Private Sector in Public Statistics?

    10 August, 2004 | Economics Program Working Paper Series

    by Robert H. McGuckin, August 2004. - EPWP #04 - 02

  56. Structure of Business R&D: Recent Trends and Measurement Implications

    01 August, 2004 | Economics Program Working Paper Series

    by Robert H. McGuckin, Robert Inklaar, Bart Van Ark, and Sean M. Dougherty, August 2004. - EPWP #04 - 01

  57. ICT and Productivity in Europe and the United States: Where Do the Differences Come From?

    09 October, 2003 | Economics Program Working Paper Series

    by Bart van Ark, Robert Inklaar, and Robert H. McGuckin, October 2003. - EPWP #03 – 05

  58. Real-Time Tests of the Leading Economic Index: Do Changes in the Index Composition Matter?

    27 June, 2003 | Economics Program Working Paper Series

    by Robert H. McGuckin and Ataman Ozyildirim, June 2003. - EPWP #03 – 04

  59. International Comparisons of R&D Expenditure: Does an R&D PPP make a difference?

    16 June, 2003 | Economics Program Working Paper Series

    by Sean M. Dougherty, Robert Inklaar, Robert H. McGuckin, and Bart Van Ark, July 2003. - EPWP #03 - 03

  60. Employment Effects of the 'New Economy' A Comparison of the European Union and the United States

    20 March, 2003 | Economics Program Working Paper Series

    by Bart van Ark, Robert Inklaar, Robert H. McGuckin, and Marcel P. Timmer, March 2003. - EPWP #03 - 02

  61. A More Timely and Useful Index of Leading Indicators

    25 February, 2003 | Economics Program Working Paper Series

    by Robert H. McGuckin, Ataman Ozyildirim and Victor Zarnowitz, February 2003. - EPWP #03 - 01

  62. 'Changing Gear' - Productivity, ICT and Services Industries: Europe and the United States

    04 December, 2002 | Economics Program Working Paper Series

    by Bart van Ark, Robert Inklaar, and Robert H. McGuckin, December 2002. Click here to obtain the basic data: http://www.ggdc.net/ - EPWP #02 - 02

  63. Effects of Federalism and Privatization on Productivity in Chinese Firms

    29 January, 2002 | Economics Program Working Paper Series

    by Sean M. Dougherty and Robert H. McGuckin, January 2002. - EPWP #02 - 01

  64. Time Series Decomposition and Measurement of Business Cycles, Trends and Growth Cycles

    18 December, 2001 | Economics Program Working Paper Series

    by Victor Zarnowitz and Ataman Ozyildirim, December 2001. - EPWP #01 - 03

  65. Workforce Diversity and Productivity: An Analysis of Employer-Employee Match Data

    18 April, 2001 | Economics Program Working Paper Series

    Arguments in support of workplace diversity suggest that we are a better society when we work together, but the actual economic costs and benefits to workforce diversity are unclear.

  66. Old and the New in the U.S. Economic Expansion

    02 January, 2001 | Economics Program Working Paper Series

    How does the expansion of real economic activity in the United States since 1991 compare with its historical precedents in terms of length, strength, composition, and sources?

  67. Composite Index of Leading Economic Indicators: How to Make it More Timely

    16 November, 2000 | Economics Program Working Paper Series

    by Robert H. McGuckin, Ataman Ozyildirim and Victor Zarnowitz, November 2000. - EPWP #00 - 01

  68. Computers and Productivity: Are Aggregation Effects Important?

    02 August, 2000 | Economics Program Working Paper Series

    by Robert H. McGuckin and Kevin Stiroh, August 2000. - EPWP #00 - 04

  69. Do Computers Make Output Harder to Measure?

    06 April, 2000 | Economics Program Working Paper Series

    by Robert H. McGuckin and Kevin Stiroh, April 2000. - EPWP #00 - 03

  70. Impact of Vintage and Survival on Productivity: Evidence from Cohorts of U.S. Manufacturing Plants

    25 February, 2000 | Economics Program Working Paper Series

    by J. Bradford Jensen, Robert H. McGuckin and Kevin Stiroh, February 2000. - EPWP #00 - 02

Economics Watch Reports

  1. Conference Board Economics Watch® European View

    18 December, 2014 | Economics Watch Reports

    Europe’s 2015 growth is poised for some strengthening, but maybe not enough to keep potential output from falling.

  2. Conference Board Economics Watch® United States View

    18 December, 2014 | Economics Watch Reports

    The US economy is poised to strengthen moderately while global headwinds provide some pushback

  3. Conference Board Economics Watch® Emerging Markets View

    17 December, 2014 | Economics Watch Reports

    Emerging economies’ subpar growth continues near end 2014, and 2015 will likely see increased policy shifts

  4. Conference Board Economics Watch® European View

    20 November, 2014 | Economics Watch Reports

    The Euro Area recovery remains frail, but another recession is avoided.

  5. Conference Board Economics Watch® United States View

    23 October, 2014 | Economics Watch Reports

    The outlook for the US economy is unchanged, despite financial market turmoil.

  6. Conference Board Economics Watch® European View

    08 October, 2014 | Economics Watch Reports

    Expectations about more monetary stimulus mount in an extremely fragile European economy.

  7. Conference Board Economics Watch® United States View

    24 September, 2014 | Economics Watch Reports

    GDP growth acceleration loses steam as the economy gets closer to full capacity.

  8. Conference Board Economics Watch® United States View

    24 August, 2014 | Economics Watch Reports

    The economy appears to be building momentum toward higher growth.

  9. Conference Board Economics Watch® European View

    30 July, 2014 | Economics Watch Reports

    Slow economic growth and disinflation continue through summer, keeping pressure on the European Central Bank.

  10. Conference Board Economics Watch® United States View

    22 July, 2014 | Economics Watch Reports

    The growth paradox of slow GDP and strong employment.

  11. Conference Board Economics Watch® European View

    01 July, 2014 | Economics Watch Reports

    As the European Central Bank takes action for more support, the European economic outlook remains weak.

  12. Conference Board Economics Watch® United States View

    20 June, 2014 | Economics Watch Reports

    The U.S. economy is gaining traction heading into the second half of the year.

  13. Conference Board Economics Watch® European View

    02 June, 2014 | Economics Watch Reports

    An acceleration of growth seems unlikely in Europe.

  14. Conference Board Economics Watch® United States View

    27 May, 2014 | Economics Watch Reports

    The US economy is bouncing back this quarter to a growth rate above its long-term potential. This result is due to the recovery from a severe winter and the release of pent up demand.

  15. Conference Board Economics Watch® European View

    28 April, 2014 | Economics Watch Reports

    Headwinds Are Affecting Growth Expectations for Europe

  16. Conference Board Economics Watch® United States View

    22 April, 2014 | Economics Watch Reports

    Economic growth is poised for some solid gains. The housing and labor markets are the keys to this improvement. The current path also suggests increased business investment for the remainder of the year.

  17. Conference Board Economics Watch® Emerging Markets View

    28 March, 2014 | Economics Watch Reports

    Emerging markets (EM) face a bumpy recovery road ahead, and impact on global economy in 2014 could be more significant than expected

  18. Conference Board Economics Watch® European View

    28 March, 2014 | Economics Watch Reports

    While europe’s short-term outlook continues to improve, risks to a sustained recovery persist.

  19. Conference Board Economics Watch® United States View

    25 March, 2014 | Economics Watch Reports

    We view the winter slowdown in economic activity as a temporary pause. The eventual arrival of warmer spring weather should propel the housing and labor markets forward.

  20. Conference Board Economics Watch® United States View

    04 March, 2014 | Economics Watch Reports

    We view the current slowdown in economic activity as a temporary pause. The inclement winter weather is depressing economic activity, thus we expect a rebound when warmer temperatures arrive in the spring.

  21. Conference Board Economics Watch® European View

    28 February, 2014 | Economics Watch Reports

    The outlook for the European economy continues to improve, but headwinds persist.

  22. Conference Board Economics Watch® European View

    07 February, 2014 | Economics Watch Reports

    The European recovery continues to be slow, even though optimism increases

  23. Conference Board Economics Watch® Emerging Markets View

    07 February, 2014 | Economics Watch Reports

    Emerging markets weakened in 2013, and there will only be moderate improvement in 2014.

  24. Conference Board Economics Watch® United States View

    04 February, 2014 | Economics Watch Reports

    Economic growth was stronger than anticipated in the second half of 2013, and the faster pace of economic growth is expected to continue into 2014, although downside risks remain.

  25. Conference Board Economics Watch® European View

    24 December, 2013 | Economics Watch Reports

    Europe sets on a path of moderate growth for 2014. Financial stabilization will positively contribute to this outlook, although some obstacles still remain.

  26. Conference Board Economics Watch® United States View

    20 December, 2013 | Economics Watch Reports

    Despite upward revision of GDP growth performance in Q3 and the Fed’s decision to start to taper its quantitative easing, GDP growth for 2013 will finish on a weak note.

  27. Conference Board Economics Watch® United States View

    26 November, 2013 | Economics Watch Reports

    The U.S. economy is ending 2013 with slow growth, in line with the overall sluggish performance for the year as a whole. However, stronger employment data and manufacturing surveys point to moderately firmer growth in 2014.

  28. Conference Board Economics Watch® European View

    28 October, 2013 | Economics Watch Reports

    The Euro Area outlook continues to improve, as a sluggish recovery seems underway. Even though Euro Area GDP improved in the second quarter, other important indicators still remain very weak.

  29. Conference Board Economics Watch® United States View

    15 October, 2013 | Economics Watch Reports

    Even with the government poised to re-open fully, the short-term shutdown likely shaved 0.45 percentage points from Q4 GDP growth, leaving it at a sluggish 1.7 percent annualized rate.

  30. Conference Board Economics Watch® - European View

    26 September, 2013 | Economics Watch Reports

    The economic outlook for Euro Area economies continues to improve, though growth for the region as a whole should be slow for the rest of 2013.

  31. Conference Board Economics Watch® - European View

    29 August, 2013 | Economics Watch Reports

    The Euro Area economy has started to recover, though growth will probably remain slow for the rest of 2013, with improved business and consumer confidence offset by slowing growth in emerging markets, high unemployment, and potential financial risks.

  32. Conference Board Economics Watch® United States View

    21 August, 2013 | Economics Watch Reports

    The U.S. economy is poised to accelerate to a moderately faster 2.5 percent annualized pace in the second half of the year, after strong fiscal headwinds held back growth in the first half of the year to a tepid 1.4 percent.

  33. Conference Board Economics Watch® United States View

    02 August, 2013 | Economics Watch Reports

    Despite weak GDP growth recorded over the past three quarters, including the sluggish 1.7% advance in Q2, we expect economic growth to accelerate in the second half of 2013 as the fiscal headwinds diminish.

  34. Conference Board Economics Watch® - European View

    30 July, 2013 | Economics Watch Reports

    The Euro Area’s economic contraction could end in the near term thanks to improving financial stability and confidence, but slowing global growth and a weak investment environment remain headwinds.

  35. Conference Board Economics Watch® - European View

    28 June, 2013 | Economics Watch Reports

    The Euro Area economy remains in contraction, but financial stability, as well as rising business and consumer confidence could accommodate a cautious recovery, especially if borrowing conditions for businesses improve.

  36. Conference Board Economics Watch® United States View

    25 June, 2013 | Economics Watch Reports

    After several years of restructuring, the U.S. private sector shows continued signs of strengthening. We believe the Fed’s forecasts look overly optimistic, and thus, expect the sequester spending cuts to slow the economy for the remainder of 2013.

  37. Conference Board Economics Watch® - European View

    03 June, 2013 | Economics Watch Reports

    This report includes: The Conference Board's May forecast for the Euro Area economy, a description of how debt-to-GDP ratios for Spain and Germany will evolve over the long term, and the policy implications of these debt projections.

  38. Conference Board Economics Watch® United States View

    31 May, 2013 | Economics Watch Reports

    We continue to forecast that the headwinds from the spending sequester cuts will slow economic activity. This issue also includes an update of our framework that offers a way for the U.S. to address its long-term fiscal issues.

  39. Conference Board Economics Watch® - European View

    01 May, 2013 | Economics Watch Reports

    A recovery for the Euro Area has been delayed in part by continued weakness in business confidence. This issue also explores how prices and supplies of oil and natural gas may affect long-term growth prospects of Europe's economies.

  40. Conference Board Economics Watch® United States View

    30 April, 2013 | Economics Watch Reports

    Once again economic activity started off the year on strong footing, to only lose steam heading into springtime. In this issue we also examine the shale gas and oil revolution to see if it can really be a game changer.

  41. Conference Board Economics Watch® - European View

    02 April, 2013 | Economics Watch Reports

    High youth unemployment and long-term demographic trends are both blocking a recovery in Euro Area household consumption.

  42. Conference Board Economics Watch® United States View

    25 March, 2013 | Economics Watch Reports

    The domestic private sector of the U.S. economy has shown great resilience in the face of ongoing global uncertainty and dysfunctional government policy. However, we maintain our cautious economic outlook for 2013.

  43. Conference Board Economics Watch® United States View

    05 March, 2013 | Economics Watch Reports

    U.S. economy still not fully in the clear with both the private sector and labor market far from robust and recently productivity growth has slumped. Moreover, dysfunctional government and tighter fiscal policy represent large downside risks.

  44. Conference Board Economics Watch® - European View

    28 February, 2013 | Economics Watch Reports

    Recent changes in competitiveness measures for Euro Area economies provide another signal that economic outlook is improving, but weak long-term productivity growth represents important constraint on speed and strength of any recovery.

  45. Conference Board Economics Watch® - European View

    31 January, 2013 | Economics Watch Reports

    Results from The Conference Board CEO Challenge® survey provide a perspective on how business leaders in Europe are responding to a more stable but still challenging economic environment in the Euro Area.

  46. Conference Board Economics Watch® United States View

    25 January, 2013 | Economics Watch Reports

    Growth rebounds in second half, after fiscal drag in first half. This issue also includes results from CEO Challenge® survey which shows businesses look at internal strengths to better compete in what is poised to remain a slow growth environment.

  47. Conference Board Economics Watch® - European View

    21 December, 2012 | Economics Watch Reports

    Progress on financial integration does not result in improved outlook for Euro Area

  48. Conference Board Economics Watch® United States View

    20 December, 2012 | Economics Watch Reports

    Underlying strengthening in U.S. economy will be delayed if fiscal drags become large

  49. Conference Board Economics Watch® - European View

    30 November, 2012 | Economics Watch Reports

    Policies implemented to control the financial crisis are partially succeeding, but have not yet improved confidence or growth prospects

  50. Conference Board Economics Watch® United States View

    27 November, 2012 | Economics Watch Reports

    Economic growth poised to rebound in the second half of 2013

  51. Conference Board Economics Watch® - European View

    02 November, 2012 | Economics Watch Reports

    The financial crisis has spurred European leaders to consider hastening fiscal and regulatory integration, which has helped reduce financial instability. However, the poor performance of confidence indicators show that the Euro Area economy reamins weak.

  52. Conference Board Economics Watch® United States View

    26 October, 2012 | Economics Watch Reports

    The U.S. remains poised to at least partially fall off the “fiscal cliff".

  53. Conference Board Economics Watch® - European View

    28 September, 2012 | Economics Watch Reports

    ECB's decision to buy short-term sovereign debt and progress towards creation of European Stability Mechanism (ESM) has improved prospects for resolving Euro Area financial crisis, though many obstacles remain.

  54. Conference Board Economics Watch® United States View

    28 September, 2012 | Economics Watch Reports

    The ongoing weakness in the U.S. economy has prompted the Federal Reserve to unleash its third round of quantitative easing. However, more quantitative easing is not the pancea that will quickly boost the economy.

  55. Conference Board Economics Watch® Emerging Markets View

    26 September, 2012 | Economics Watch Reports

    Emerging markets: staying competitive amid slowing growth

  56. Conference Board Economics Watch® - European View

    29 August, 2012 | Economics Watch Reports

    ECB promises to purchase short-term bonds of troubled countries has reduced financial instability for now. Long-term growth prospects in much of Euro Area remain uncertain, but expanding trade relations with China could help.

  57. Conference Board Economics Watch® United States View

    24 August, 2012 | Economics Watch Reports

    The U.S. economy suffers from a lack of consumer demand, a cautious corporate sector that is not spending or hiring, and high inventory levels that will hold back production activity going forward.

  58. Conference Board Economics Watch® - European View

    31 July, 2012 | Economics Watch Reports

    Measures taken at June 28-29 EU Summit represent steps in the right direction, but have so far failed to restore confidence.

  59. Conference Board Economics Watch® United States View

    30 July, 2012 | Economics Watch Reports

    The U.S. economy has no forward momentum and little help from monetary or fiscal policy. Future growth depends on whether U.S. businesses can escape the “commodity trap.”

  60. Conference Board Economics Watch® - European View

    28 June, 2012 | Economics Watch Reports

    Outlook for Euro Area has become worse due to both increased financial turbulance related to banking crisis in Spain and elsewhere, and the implementation of austerity measures which represent a drag on economic growth.

  61. Conference Board Economics Watch® United States View

    22 June, 2012 | Economics Watch Reports

    Winter optimism faded this spring. Recent economic data and rising uncertainty signal that the moderate acceleration in is unlikely. U.S. faces an enormous yearend fiscal cliff, but temporary measures should help avoid a large economic contraction.

  62. Conference Board Economics Watch® Emerging Markets View

    01 June, 2012 | Economics Watch Reports

    Emerging Market Growth to Gradually Slow in 2012, but Downside Risks Remain Strong

  63. Conference Board Economics Watch® United States View

    22 May, 2012 | Economics Watch Reports

    Recent employment, income, and business investment data indicate that economic growth is poised to dip below 2 percent in the current quarter, but trends in the leading economic indicators suggest that growth will accelerate modestly in the second half.

  64. Conference Board Economics Watch® United States View

    25 April, 2012 | Economics Watch Reports

    Despite some recent weakening in the economic data, the U.S. economy remains poised to re-accelerate in the second half of 2012. This month, we also examine shifts in global manufacturing competitiveness.

  65. Conference Board Economics Watch® - European View

    24 April, 2012 | Economics Watch Reports

    The Euro Area economy has faced additional instability during the past month after Spain revised its deficit target. This month, we examine how events in Spain and elections in France are affecting our outlook for the Euro Area economy in 2012.

  66. Conference Board Economics Watch® - European View

    27 March, 2012 | Economics Watch Reports

    Though the Euro Area economy appears to be stabilizing, elevated unit labor costs may impair the region’s growth prospects. This month, we examine labor costs, unemployment measures, and actions European countries are taking to become more competitive.

  67. Conference Board Economics Watch® United States View

    23 March, 2012 | Economics Watch Reports

    Cautiously Optimistic Outlook

  68. Conference Board Economics Watch® United States View

    23 February, 2012 | Economics Watch Reports

    Increasing positive trends in the U.S. economy, but can they be sustained?

  69. Conference Board Economics Watch® - European View

    19 February, 2012 | Economics Watch Reports

    The ECB’s Longer-Term Refinancing Operations (LTROs) helped restore confidence. However, "troubled economies" must address structural and regulatory issues, which we address in this report.

  70. Conference Board Economics Watch® - European View

    27 January, 2012 | Economics Watch Reports

    The Euro Area looks to be in a mild recession

  71. Conference Board Economics Watch® United States View

    18 January, 2012 | Economics Watch Reports

    Caution, uncertainty, and volatility underscore 2012

  72. Conference Board Economics Watch® United States View

    12 December, 2011 | Economics Watch Reports

    U.S. steps up while Europe slips

  73. Conference Board Economics Watch® United States View

    21 November, 2011 | Economics Watch Reports

    Economy on firmer footing, but sentiment still sour

  74. Conference Board Economics Watch® United States View

    28 October, 2011 | Economics Watch Reports

    Growth Still Stuck in the Slow Lane

  75. Conference Board Economics Watch® - European View

    14 October, 2011 | Economics Watch Reports

    The Debt Crisis and the Risk Of Recession Are Reinforcing Each Other

  76. Conference Board Economics Watch® United States View

    30 September, 2011 | Economics Watch Reports

    We are all in this together

  77. Conference Board Economics Watch® United States View

    23 August, 2011 | Economics Watch Reports

    Downgrade of U.S. Economic Growth

  78. Conference Board Economics Watch® United States View

    28 July, 2011 | Economics Watch Reports

    Hot temperatures, but cool economy

  79. Conference Board Economics Watch® United States View

    29 June, 2011 | Economics Watch Reports

    Scaling back growth expectations

  80. Conference Board Economics Watch® - European View

    28 June, 2011 | Economics Watch Reports

    The 2011 GDP projection will prove easy to reach. Downside risks exist for 2012.

  81. Conference Board Economics Watch® United States View

    12 April, 2011 | Economics Watch Reports

    U.S. economy to resume moderate growth

  82. Conference Board Economics Watch® China View

    01 April, 2011 | Economics Watch Reports

    Tighter credit and weak consumer confidence, both reactions to high inflation, will probably create a drag on growth for Chinese economy in 2011.

  83. Conference Board Economics Watch® United States View

    08 March, 2011 | Economics Watch Reports

    U.S. economy continues on a firmer path of expansion

  84. Conference Board Economics Watch® China View

    25 February, 2011 | Economics Watch Reports

    China’s strong growth continues but inflation fears are sparking monetary policy action.

  85. Conference Board Economics Watch® United States View

    09 February, 2011 | Economics Watch Reports

    Can short-term economic momentum be maintained in the face of strong headwinds?

  86. Conference Board Economics Watch® United States View

    11 January, 2011 | Economics Watch Reports

    Stimulus will boost economic growth in 2011, but will it carry through to 2012?

Executive Action Report

  1. Creating the Right Voice and Content for Social Media

    18 December, 2014 | Executive Action Report

    Companies must craft the right brand voice and content to get a bigger impact from their social branding efforts. Firms are expanding their view of their customers for more opportunities to engage with them.

  2. On the Record with Kathy Mazzarella

    21 November, 2014 | Executive Action Report

    Kathy Mazzarella is one of only 24 female CEOs in the Fortune 500 to date. The Conference Board spoke with Mazzarella about her unique trajectory to the top.

  3. Second Acts in Prime Time: Helping Employees Transition to Post-retirement Careers

    29 October, 2014 | Executive Action Report

    Innovative firms are rethinking their retirement models to hold on to baby boomer talent and engage employees as they transition to second act careers.

  4. On the Record with Charles Allen

    08 September, 2014 | Executive Action Report

    “Retaining people in the profession is definitely our biggest issue,” notes Charles Allen, CEO of accounting/consulting firm Crowe Horwath LLP. He tells us how his firm approaches this key human capital challenge.   

  5. Growing Value of Brands and Their Contribution to Worldwide Economic Growth

    23 July, 2014 | Executive Action Report

    The contribution of brands is comparable to that of R&D in most advanced economies. Moreover, the wealthier a country grows, the more its companies spend on getting out their brand message.

  6. Is This the End of Work? Information Technologies and Labor Market Disruption: A Cross-Atlantic Conversation

    09 July, 2014 | Executive Action Report

    So far, the digital revolution has produced technology but not jobs. What is the impact of technology on employment? Leaders from Canada, Europe, and the United States tackle this question.

  7. How Can Companies Make the Value of Intangibles More, Well, Tangible?

    16 June, 2014 | Executive Action Report

    There is a critical need to develop better standards for measuring, reporting, benchmarking, and analyzing intangible investments.

  8. Building the Foundation of an Innovative Culture: Human Capital's Role in Making It Happen

    23 May, 2014 | Executive Action Report

    Although most organizations agree that innovation is important for sustainability and growth, few do it well. To help reverse that trend in your organization, this report presents four recommendations and examples from top companies for innovation.

  9. From a Buyer’s Market to a Seller’s Market: Declining Unemployment and Evolving Labor Shortages in the United States

    01 May, 2014 | Executive Action Report

    Demographic trends and the imminent departure from the workforce of the baby boom generation point to the emergence of a “sellers’ market” when it comes to skilled talent.

  10. Why CEOs Need to Care about Trust in Business

    24 April, 2014 | Executive Action Report

    Capitalism depends on public trust for its legitimacy. If public trust in business is low, governments and regulators act. But what are the business and governance standards that establish confidence?

  11. Closing the Digital Entrepreneurship Gap in Europe: Enabling Businesses to Spur Growth

    04 March, 2014 | Executive Action Report

    Small innovative companies in the information and communication technology (ICT) sector play an important role in energizing economic growth, but face many barriers, especially in Europe.

  12. How Teleworking Works Best: Organizational Shifts Ahead

    13 February, 2014 | Executive Action Report

    As more people work from remote locations and are no longer tethered to brick and mortar facilities, flexible work arrangements like telework will simply be the way work is done.

  13. Investments in Intellectual Property: New Footprints in Macroeconomic Data

    06 December, 2013 | Executive Action Report

    New macroeconomic data show U.S. investment in intellectual property products totaled $812 billion, or 5 percent of GDP, in 2012.

  14. Link between Human Capital and Sustainability

    05 December, 2013 | Executive Action Report

    A good understanding of the link between human capital and sustainability can help company directors identify how investing in the right sustainability programs can drive significant improvements in human capital.

  15. Avoiding the Digital Desert

    19 November, 2013 | Executive Action Report

    Globally, technology developments are taking place at an unprecedented and ever-increasing pace, but, in many respects, European policies and attitudes seem frozen in time.

  16. Changing Chinese Supply Chain

    15 November, 2013 | Executive Action Report

    This report presents detailed information about managing supply chains in China and the characteristics of a successful risk management program.

  17. Conference Board CEO Challenge® 2013: Human Capital Practitioners Respond

    29 October, 2013 | Executive Action Report

    According to an annual survey of chief executives, CEOs consider human capital their top challenge. How do their strategies to address this issue compare to those of human capital practitioners?

  18. How Much Does Your Company Really Invest in Innovation?

    25 October, 2013 | Executive Action Report

    Innovation is more than R&D. It includes the full range of activities needed to implement or commercialize new ideas. But how are those activities measured for bottom-line impact?

  19. How Teleworking Works Best: A Practical Guide for Managing Teleworkers

    11 October, 2013 | Executive Action Report

    Successful managers of teleworkers are those who have learned to manage the work and not the workers, quantify deliverables and not hours at a desk, and communicate regularly and mindfully with all workers.

  20. Local Content Requirements and Strategic Workforce Planning

    10 October, 2013 | Executive Action Report

    Meeting local content requirements abroad is key to a sustainable multinational business model, and HR professionals should be part of their organization’s localization efforts. Strategic workforce planning can help.

  21. How Teleworking Works Best: The Business Case

    09 October, 2013 | Executive Action Report

    Key to gaining corporate advantage from telework is understanding which jobs can be done remotely from the primary corporate locations and what skills and practices are required to support them.

  22. Vets Returning to the Workforce

    04 October, 2013 | Executive Action Report

    Employers have a talent shortage, particularly in technical fields. Returning veterans are an often overlooked talent pool that offers a gold mine of applied and technical skills in these areas.

  23. Corporate Sustainability Disclosure in China

    04 October, 2013 | Executive Action Report

    Environmental and labor regulations abound in China, but supervision and enforcement are seriously lacking. Chinese businesses acutely need more transparency, better disclosure, and better performance in sustainability.

  24. What Is Human Rights Risk? Should My Company Be Concerned about It?

    10 September, 2013 | Executive Action Report

    Explore what human rights risk is, why companies should care, and how they can incorporate human rights due diligence into their business processes.

  25. Scenario Planning: Opportunities for Mid-Market Firms

    03 September, 2013 | Executive Action Report

    Forecasting works well in the short term, but it assumes today’s trends will be tomorrow’s. In the medium term, scenario planning helps companies prepare for the uncertainties of the future.

  26. Talent Acquisition through Social Media: Managing Risks to Maximize Rewards

    28 August, 2013 | Executive Action Report

    To receive the maximum value from social media investments, companies must understand each channel and its unique benefits and features and be able to manage the related risks.

  27. Get Connected: How Social Collaboration Can Help Companies Navigate a Complex Business Landscape

    26 June, 2013 | Executive Action Report

    To remain competitive, companies should embrace social collaboration— employees and business partners contributing and connecting via an enterprise-wide virtual environment.

  28. Better Together: Advancing Diversity & Inclusion through Analytics and Strategic Workforce Planning

    20 June, 2013 | Executive Action Report

    Combining human capital analytics and strategic workforce planning best practices can inform and improve diversity and inclusion initiatives.

  29. Helping Millennials Help You: Managing Your Young Workforce

    23 May, 2013 | Executive Action Report

    By 2020, baby boomers and generation X will be far outnumbered by their millennial counterparts in the workplace, who will soon be in the same seats their managers now occupy. What are companies doing today to prepare these future leaders?

  30. Best Practices for Developing Change Leadership in Turbulent Times

    22 May, 2013 | Executive Action Report

    Leaders in charge of businesses affected by Hurricane Katrina share how they led through the crisis and how these methods can be translated to planned initiatives for change in organizations.

  31. Globalization Revisited: Who Will Get the New Wave of Knowledge Process Jobs?

    16 April, 2013 | Executive Action Report

    Offshoring is no longer the best or the only answer for management of knowledge process jobs, and many companies are investigating nearshore and onshore alternatives as the global competition for knowledge jobs intensifies.

  32. Shifts in the Supply Chain Equation Provide Opportunities for Mid-Market Companies—and Concerns

    09 April, 2013 | Executive Action Report

    Constantly shifting production and transportation costs mean it’s back to the drawing board for many companies.

  33. On the Record with Dr. Loren Skeist

    02 April, 2013 | Executive Action Report

    The president of Spellman Electronics shares his views on The Conference Board CEO Challenge® of 2013 including the challenges CEOs ranked highest: innovation, operational excellence, and government regulation.

  34. Happiness Premium: What Companies Should Know about Leveraging Happiness in the Workplace

    28 March, 2013 | Executive Action Report

    A focus on employee happiness makes for a holistic approach to the idea of contentment in the workplace, and can greatly influence company performance overall.

  35. Riding the Reform Innovation Wave: Implications for Health Care Organizations and Their CHROs

    01 March, 2013 | Executive Action Report

    Chief human resources officers of health care companies are innovating and communicating with their employees to manage changes brought on by The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010.

  36. Integrating Corporate Wellness Initiatives within Human Capital Strategy

    27 February, 2013 | Executive Action Report

    How can companies successfully work their wellness initiatives into their larger human capital strategy?

  37. Going Public on HR Data Privacy: Implications for Human Capital Analytics and Strategic Workforce Planning

    26 February, 2013 | Executive Action Report

    Many HR organizations are skittish about collecting certain types of employee data, especially when they plan to integrate it across national borders.

  38. Trapped on the Worker Treadmill?

    31 January, 2013 | Executive Action Report

    Why more U.S. workers than ever before are planning to delay retirement

  39. Will the Decline in Unit Labor Cost in Europe's Troubled Economies Help Improve Competitiveness?

    30 January, 2013 | Executive Action Report

    Will the blood, sweat, and tears poured into reforming European economies pay off?

  40. Addressing the Talent Shortage in China and India: Leveraging Women in the Workforce

    22 January, 2013 | Executive Action Report

    Women are underutilized in labor markets in Asia. Leveraging women in the workforce is essential to resolve this talent shortage and promote both social and economic development in these countries.

  41. On the Record with Nick Konidaris

    15 November, 2012 | Executive Action Report

    This is a follow-up interview with one of the CEOs of a mid-market firm who participated in The Conference Board CEO Challenge 2012: Nick Konidaris, President and CEO of Electro Scientific Industries (ESI).

  42. Building a Resilient Workforce: A Critical Component of Disaster Recovery

    28 September, 2012 | Executive Action Report

    Resilience has traditionally been the ability of information systems, databases, and facilities to bounce back after a disaster. But true resilience requires that companies also prepare their employees to recover, both in their jobs and personal lives.

  43. CEO Challenge Reflections: Human Capital Practitioners Respond

    12 September, 2012 | Executive Action Report

    This report compares the responses of human capital professionals to the human capital strategies cited by 370 CEOs that ranked human capital as one of their top three challenges in The Conference Board CEO Challenge 2012.

  44. Human Capital Challenges in Asia-Pacific 2011-2013: Driving Employee Engagement with Communication and Work-Life Balance

    31 July, 2012 | Executive Action Report

    Companies that survey and measure employee engagement—and communicate organizational actions and results from senior leadership—are managing employee engagement effectively.

  45. Despite the Chaos, Europe's Economies Are Regaining Competitiveness through Improvements in Unit Labor Cost Performance

    27 July, 2012 | Executive Action Report

    Can Europe’s recent gains in productivity and lower unit labor costs be sustained?

  46. No Company Is an Island: Building Resilient Communities

    28 June, 2012 | Executive Action Report

    A business is only as resilient as the communities in which it operates.

  47. Strengthening the Weakest Link: Building Resilient Global Supply Chains

    18 June, 2012 | Executive Action Report

    Although the benefits of global supply chains have been significant, they have also made companies more vulnerable to disruptions.

  48. Human Capital Challenges in Asia-Pacific, 2012–2013: Leadership Development and Succession Planning for the Global Leader

    18 June, 2012 | Executive Action Report

    A closer look at the strategies effective companies use for leadership development and succession planning.

  49. Who's Afraid of the Cloud?

    22 May, 2012 | Executive Action Report

    This report spells out the benefits and pitfalls for midsize businesses of migrating data and IT operations to the cloud.

  50. Fostering Retirement and Financial Security in an Era of Individual Responsibility

    17 May, 2012 | Executive Action Report

    Individuals must assume more responsibility for the adequate funding of their retirement years. Enlightened companies are providing their employees with tools to help.

  51. Feeling the Pain: Wage Growth in the United States during and after the Great Recession

    26 April, 2012 | Executive Action Report

    This report analyzes the impact of the Great Recession on wage growth in the United States from several perspectives, and describes the different effects on the earnings of various demographic groups.

  52. Human Capital Challenges in Asia-Pacific 2011-2013: Aligning Employee Learning and Development with Performance Management

    30 March, 2012 | Executive Action Report

    A survey of human capital professionals in nine countries in Asia-Pacific identified learning and development and performance management as two of the most significant human capital challenges in the region. This report discusses how to address them.

  53. Revisiting Japan a Year after the Earthquake: A Slower than Expected Recovery

    28 March, 2012 | Executive Action Report

    One year after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, the country is still suffering the economic aftershocks.

  54. Human Capital Challenges in Asia-Pacific 2011-2013: Strong Brands and Clear Career Paths Help Companies Run the Talent Race

    20 March, 2012 | Executive Action Report

    Strong corporate branding and clear career paths for employees help companies to hire and keep talent in Asia-Pacific.

  55. Recession Aftermath: What the Delayed Retirement of Mature Workers Means for Business

    20 March, 2012 | Executive Action Report

    Fallout from the recession of 2008-2009 has accelerated the trend toward delayed retirement in the United States, making it critical for organizations to manage their maturing workforces actively.

  56. Prioritizing Your Corporate University’s Development

    29 February, 2012 | Executive Action Report

    An effective corporate university program can provide a competitive advantage.

  57. Where Do SWP Leaders Come From?

    28 February, 2012 | Executive Action Report

    Conversations with strategic workforce planning (SWP) executives net insights about the skills and competencies needed to work in this field and the variety of paths that lead to careers as SWP leaders.

  58. A Perfect Storm: Europe’s Looming Pension Crisis

    27 January, 2012 | Executive Action Report

    Europe’s pension crisis stems from three trends: benefits that are no longer supported by employee contributions, the recent recession, and Europe’s aging population.

  59. Sweat the Small Stuff to Improve Your Business Forecasts

    09 January, 2012 | Executive Action Report

    While waiting for the clouds to part over worldwide economies, small and midsize businesses can do much to bring greater rigor to their short-term forecasts and eliminate costly errors.

  60. On the Level: Strategic Workforce Planning from Micro to Macro

    19 December, 2011 | Executive Action Report

    Strategic workforce planning (SWP) can be deployed at an enterprise level to ensure that a company has the right people in place to execute business strategy. It can also be deployed at more micro or macro levels, depending on a company’s needs.

  61. Europe’s Great Labor Market Divide

    05 December, 2011 | Executive Action Report

    The gulf between the haves and the have nots in Europe will likely continue to put stress on the future of European unity and trigger even more intense debate about the future of the Euro Area itself.

  62. CEO Challenge Reflections: How Socio-Economic Change Is Shaping Business Sustainability in China

    29 November, 2011 | Executive Action Report

    For CEOs in China, the challenge of sustainability was ranked higher than anywhere else in the world. But how will business meet this challenge?

  63. A Hero Lies in You: CEOs Talk about Heroes and Mentors

    18 November, 2011 | Executive Action Report

    A series of interviews related to The Conference Board CEO Challenge® 2011 makes clear what is highest on the minds of CEOs. Here, they talk about the leaders who have inspired them—and who have served as cautionary figures.

  64. CEO Challenge Reflections: On the Record with Fred Keller

    04 November, 2011 | Executive Action Report

    As a follow-up to The Conference Board CEO Challenge™ 2011: Fueling Business Growth with Innovation and Talent and The Conference Board CEO Challenge 2011: Mid-Markets, Fred Keller—CEO of Mich.-based Cascade Engineering—shares his thoughts on the issues.

  65. Corporate Oversight and Stakeholder Lines of Defense

    11 October, 2011 | Executive Action Report

    Stakeholders are demanding improved oversight in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. This report presents a model for effective corporate oversight.

  66. Human Capital in Asia-Pacific, 2011-2013

    07 October, 2011 | Executive Action Report

    Rapid growth in the Asia-Pacific region means that companies there are facing challenges in leadership development, talent acquisition, and retention.

  67. CEO Challenge Reflections: Talent Matters

    07 October, 2011 | Executive Action Report

    While CEOs rank talent as a critical challenge to business success, there is disagreement among human capital professionals when it comes to the strategies that best manage and develop this crucial link in the growth chain.

  68. Get Social: A Guide to Creating Your Company's Social Media Strategy

    03 October, 2011 | Executive Action Report

    Most organizations realize the importance of participating in social media but do not have a formal plan on how to make the most of it. This report discusses specifics and best practices for planning a social media strategy.

  69. CEO Challenge Reflections: Social Media Goes to Work

    03 October, 2011 | Executive Action Report

    The implications of social media in the workplace—for product development, go-to-market strategies, customer relations, corporate branding, and recruiting—are enormous. Why then are so many senior executives reluctant to take the plunge?

  70. Achieving Resilience: A Systems Approach

    30 September, 2011 | Executive Action Report

    A new approach to emergency preparedness is oriented toward systems and seeks resilience based on the realization that it is impossible to protect communities and organizations against crisis in a vacuum.

  71. Achieving Resilience: Planning for Flexibility during Crisis

    30 September, 2011 | Executive Action Report

    Planning and preparation are as essential as ever, but now they must be flexible, incorporating the capacity to respond to unique developments in a crisis.

  72. Achieving Resilience: Establishing Networks—Before the Crisis Comes

    30 September, 2011 | Executive Action Report

    Having a network in place in advance of a crisis can provide a critical boost to achieving resilience.

  73. Volunteering- A New Training and Transition Tool

    20 September, 2011 | Executive Action Report

    Challenging times call for companies of all sizes to be more creative about how they do business, and how they inspire and motivate their employees.

  74. On the Record with Stephanie Hickman Boyse

    25 August, 2011 | Executive Action Report

    Following The Conference Board CEO Challenge survey, a number of CEOs volunteered to go “on the record” with The Conference Board to share their thoughts and challenges in more depth. This is a Q&A with the CEO of Michigan-based Brazeway.

  75. Integrating Developing Countries into the Global Supply Chain

    16 August, 2011 | Executive Action Report

    Large and small developing countries have emerged as the new frontiers of the structural change ushered in by the rise of global production and supply networks.

  76. Broadening the Base for Strategic Workforce Planning: The Value of Cross-Functional Partnerships

    16 August, 2011 | Executive Action Report

    What differentiates leaders who’ve made steady headway with their SWP programs? Often, it’s their ability to partner with other functions and, by doing so, to broaden the base of support for SWP.

  77. Engaging Business Leaders in Strategic Workforce Planning: A Guide to Effective Conversations

    25 July, 2011 | Executive Action Report

    This guide includes basic questions to drive the initial conversation between the strategic workforce planning (SWP) leader and business leaders.

  78. It’s about Trust and Training: Examining Your Organization’s Internal Coaching Practice

    30 June, 2011 | Executive Action Report

    This report discusses ways in which an internal coaching program can provide a cost-effective approach for developing talent, as well as the potential obstacles to success posed by issues of training and trust.

  79. Leading Outside—and Inside—the Lines

    30 June, 2011 | Executive Action Report

    Drawing on the work of Jon R. Katzenbach and Zia Khan, this Mid-Market Conversation Starter suggests ways in which informal networks can help address business problems.

  80. Sleepless in Delhi: What Keeps Indian HR Executives Awake at Night?

    27 June, 2011 | Executive Action Report

    India presents unique business challenges, challenges that a number of human resource executives in India were happy to discuss with The Conference Board.

  81. It's Not Just Your Children's Facebook Anymore

    20 May, 2011 | Executive Action Report

    Companies that use social media to improve knowledge transfer will see employees benefit from more informed thinking, better ideas, and big steps forward in innovation.

  82. U.S. Workers Delaying Retirement: What Businesses Can Learn from the Trends of Who, Where, and Why

    19 May, 2011 | Executive Action Report

    U.S. workers have been working longer and retiring later since the mid-1990s, but the Great Recession has put even greater pressure on workers to stay on the job.

  83. Where Are the Jobs?

    05 May, 2011 | Executive Action Report

    Twenty-one months into the recovery, the U.S. economy has failed to add any jobs despite economic growth.

  84. Assessing the Risks of an Economic Downturn in Japan

    28 April, 2011 | Executive Action Report

    The earthquakes, tsunami, and nuclear disaster in Japan will undoubtedly have a negative effect on Japan’s economy, but there is more to the story.

  85. Building Sustainable Integrity into Organizational Strategy and Operations

    25 April, 2011 | Executive Action Report

    To protect a company's integrity, there must be a strong ethics, compliance, and integrity program in place—one that is fully integrated into the organization’s mission, strategy, and operations.

  86. Managing Brands in a Topsy-Turvy Marketing Environment

    17 February, 2011 | Executive Action Report

    To create excitement for a new brand, or refresh a tired brand, bring together networks of satisfied customers and user groups to share their experiences and generate word-of-mouth.

  87. Converging Physical and Information Security Risk Management

    15 February, 2011 | Executive Action Report

    Traditionally, physical and information security have operated in their own silos with separate teams and different risks, processes, and budgets. But risks and threats are evolving and becoming interdependent. As new technologies are adopted in the workp

  88. Great Recession and Household Savings

    07 February, 2011 | Executive Action Report

    During recessions or other periods of economic weakness, when any engine of growth is needed, an increase in the household saving rate could slow the pace of recovery. So what will happen to the saving rate in this critical recovery period?

  89. Responding to Hurricanes: Lessons for Emergency Preparedness

    03 February, 2011 | Executive Action Report

    This Executive Action includes issues and checklists for companies who are preparing their own response plans.

  90. Right-Sizing Your Board of Directors—A Mid-Market Challenge

    28 January, 2011 | Executive Action Report

  91. Innovation and Intangible Assets Gaining the Competitive Edge in Economic Recovery

    26 January, 2011 | Executive Action Report

    Intangible assets drive innovation and contribute much to a firm’s and a country’s competitive edge in the knowledge economy. It is time for a fresh look at how businesses look at these critical assets.

  92. Lean Six Sigma: Improving Performance of Business Support Functions and Services

    06 January, 2011 | Executive Action Report

    This report outlines the application of Lean Six Sigma for enhancing organizational effectiveness and making fact-based decisions that improve customer satisfaction

  93. Escaping the Sovereign-Debt Crisis: Productivity-Driven Growth and Moderate Spending May Offer a Way Out

    14 December, 2010 | Executive Action Report

    Sovereign debt and fiscal deficits are strangling many advanced economies. Policy choices are complex, but there is an escape strategy that does not require draconian budget cuts or risky debt-financed stimulus spending.

  94. Good Execution Isn't Just Stuff Leaders Delegate

    01 December, 2010 | Executive Action Report

    Many CEOs rate consistent execution of their firms' strategic objectives as a major concern. This report examines five critical requirements for good execution that can help CEOs achieve the results they expect.

  95. Under Pressure: The Widening Wage Gap between China's Haves and Have-Nots

    19 November, 2010 | Executive Action Report

    Will soaring wages and protesting workers eventually erode one of China's most prominent global economic advantages—its low labor costs?

  96. Does Your Company Encourage Good Followership?

    16 November, 2010 | Executive Action Report

    It may no longer be an insult to be called a great follower. What can organizations do to foster the right attitudes and skills?

  97. Leadership as Performance Art

    09 November, 2010 | Executive Action Report

    While acting skills are sometimes useful for leaders of companies, there can be no excuse for dissembling on important cultural values.

  98. A Strategic Approach to Growing Talent for Succession

    08 November, 2010 | Executive Action Report

    This report describes the fundamentals of a successful GTFS (growing talent for succession) culture, and the basic questions companies must ask as they initiate a GTFS plan.

  99. Security and Privacy in Cloud Computing
    The European Regulatory Approach

    18 October, 2010 | Executive Action Report

    Analysts estimate that by 2012 the size of the enterprise cloud computing business may reach $80 billion—about 10 percent of the global information technology service and enterprise software market. Despite the benefits expected from this innovation, comp

  100. Closing the Gender Gap: A European Perspective on New Approaches to Women’s Leadership

    24 September, 2010 | Executive Action Report

    Women account for only about 10 percent of board directors in Europe’s top 300 companies and more than two-thirds of the 101 largest firms have no women on their executive committees. With voluntary measures to close the gender gap making little progress,

  101. Treating Contingent Workers as a Strategic Resource

    16 September, 2010 | Executive Action Report

    While the use of temporary help of all kinds has increased, many companies do not have a centralized framework to make the most cost-efficient and strategic use of this new workforce.

  102. Fitting the Work to the Worker: Recruiting, Engaging, and Retaining Employees with Disabilities

    19 August, 2010 | Executive Action Report

    This year is the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. What are the barriers to and benefits of hiring and retaining people with disabilities?

  103. Goals and Incentives for a New Day

    17 August, 2010 | Executive Action Report

    With resources scarce and the future uncertain, small and midsize companies are taking advantage of the business lull in 2010 to reset their goals and incentive-reward systems.

  104. Opening up to Open Innovation

    17 August, 2010 | Executive Action Report

    This new Conversation Starter by Howard Muson continues a series of discussions that we have commissioned about the nature of innovation in small- and mid-market firms

  105. Setting Strategy for Pensions in the U.S. — Tough Choices and No Easy Answers

    22 July, 2010 | Executive Action Report

    This report, based on discussions at The Conference Board Retirement Roundtable “Sharing Responsibility for Assuring Long-Term Retirement Security” looks at the factors influencing benefit decisions, examines the challenge of making individual responsibil

  106. Risk and Security in Corporate Supply Chain Networks: Moving From Operational to Strategic Concern

    22 June, 2010 | Executive Action Report

    Supply chain risk management is a critical strategic activity that should take center stage in the decision making of any corporation

  107. Euro Area: Looking Through the Turbulence in Financial Markets

    07 June, 2010 | Executive Action Report

    Despite the overwhelming sense of crisis in the Euro Area, recovery from the global recession is still underway.

  108. Harnessing the Power Within: Using Your Employees to Help Deliver the Brand Promise

    27 May, 2010 | Executive Action Report

    This report discusses how creating an internal branding model will help employees understand and connect to your core brand, then communicate that brand message to your customers.

  109. A New Era in Global Anti-Corruption: Governments Get Serious about Enforcement

    14 April, 2010 | Executive Action Report

    The year 2010 has seen a surge in FCPA enforcement, producing a buzz among corporate executives that the old ways of doing business with “a wink and a nod” are over.

  110. Financial Services Offshoring: Moving Toward Fewer Captives and Global Cost Competitiveness

    31 March, 2010 | Executive Action Report

    Financial services companies show greater interest than other sectors in contracting with large international providers and becoming more cost competitive by moving operations to lower labor cost locations

  111. Increasing U.S. Business Investment in Postsecondary Credentialing for New Workforce Entrants

    31 March, 2010 | Executive Action Report

    Can businesses be persuaded to invest in tomorrow's workforce through increased postsecondary credentials?

  112. Is the Pressure Easing? The 2010 Philanthropy Agenda

    30 March, 2010 | Executive Action Report

    The economic downturn took its toll in the U.S. corporate philanthropy arena but the negative impact seen in 2009 may have reached its peak.

  113. Labor Market Transitions: from Recession to Recovery

    02 March, 2010 | Executive Action Report

    This report explores the factors in a recovery that drive the employment level and the unemployment rate. It offers an analysis of where the U.S. labor market stands and where it may be headed.

  114. Does Your Company Need a "Don’t-Do" List?

    24 February, 2010 | Executive Action Report

    This Conversation Starter – the first in a new series of short provocative pieces commissioned especially for our mid-market members – suggests some ways that small- and mid-sized businesses can focus better on what really needs to be done.

  115. Getting Fit For Leaner Times

    24 February, 2010 | Executive Action Report

    This Mid-Market Conversation Starter considers the possibility of lateral growth for an entire company.

  116. Solving the Customer’s Price Issues.

    24 February, 2010 | Executive Action Report

    This Mid-Market Conversation Starter gives you a couple of new perspectives from which to think about solving customer price issues.

  117. Reengaging Lost Customers

    24 February, 2010 | Executive Action Report

    What can be done to win back customers that have proven loyal in the past and who may account for a significant portion of profits? A Mid-market Conversation Starter.

  118. Ready or Not: Companies and the Sustainability Tipping Point

    23 February, 2010 | Executive Action Report

    The challenge for companies is how to make sustainability-centric approaches deliver not only on the financial bottom line but also on a broader platform of ecological and social accountabilities and goals that make up the sustainability blend.

  119. 2010 Productivity Brief: Productivity, Employment, and Growth in the World's Economies

    20 January, 2010 | Executive Action Report

    The recession left its mark on global productivity, which fell in 2009. With recovery expected in 2010, advanced economies will see renewed productivity gains but continue to shed workers.

  120. Clearing Paths for Critical Foreign Talent to Work in the United States

    17 December, 2009 | Executive Action Report

    The future growth of many smaller businesses may depend upon recruiting highly skilled foreign workers for key jobs. That means becoming better acquainted with the complexities of the immigration code.

  121. Social Networking: How Companies Are Using Web 2.0 to Communicate with Employees

    30 November, 2009 | Executive Action Report

    Companies are revamping their intranets to mirror the function and applications of social networking and they are seeing benefits such as keeping work-related ideas inside company firewalls and increased employee engagement

  122. Impact of Workforce Reductions on Layoff “Survivors”

    30 November, 2009 | Executive Action Report

    This Executive Action features data on how layoffs were conducted, what support is being offered to employees who are leaving and who are staying, and some write-in comments on how respondents’ roles and companies are changing.

  123. Recession Lessons for Mid-Market CFOs: Successfully Obtaining Loans in the New World of Credit

    30 September, 2009 | Executive Action Report

    Even though signs of an economic recovery are emerging, recession challenges and a shutdown of easy credit have changed the lending world for CFOs of small- and mid-sized firms

  124. Will You Want to Hire Your Own Kids? (Will Anybody Else?)

    26 August, 2009 | Executive Action Report

    Workforce entrants are caught between an educational system that teaches and measures one set of skills and a rapidly evolving workplace that demands another. But who will close the gap?

  125. Role of the Board in Turbulent Times... CEO Succession Planning

    12 August, 2009 | Executive Action Report

    Management succession is one of the most critical strategic risks a corporation faces and a favorite topic of discussion on the role of the board in business crises.

  126. Relieving Pressures to Eliminate Jobs

    15 July, 2009 | Executive Action Report

    Smaller companies are finding ways to "redeploy" employees rather than lay them off. Three models for surviving recessions without losing your investment in human capital.

  127. Ethics and Compliance Enforcement Decisions – the Information Gap

    30 June, 2009 | Executive Action Report

    Senior executives and corporate directors want to know whether companies have "received credit" (i.e., avoided prosecution or obtained sentence reductions) for having effective ethics and compliance programs - but such information is in short supply.

  128. Role of the Board in Turbulent Times: Responding to Unsolicited Takeover Offers

    25 June, 2009 | Executive Action Report

    An overview of issues a board may consider in evaluating its corporation's governance profile, given the potential increase in unsolicited offers in the current market environment.

  129. On the Record with Barry Melancon

    15 June, 2009 | Executive Action Report

    Barry Melancon, President and CEO of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, discusses some of the successful initiatives that the AICPA has taken to build a strong pipeline for the accounting profession.

  130. Mission Accomplished? What Every Leader Should Know about Survivor Syndrome

    09 June, 2009 | Executive Action Report

    This Executive Action report explores the concept of "survivor syndrome," how it materializes, and what to do about it.

  131. Shift in U.S. Policy on Climate Change Opens a New Era for Business

    28 May, 2009 | Executive Action Report

    It's no longer business as usual when it comes to climate change. A significant change of direction for U.S. regulatory policy on the issue will eventually affect all of business.

  132. CEO View . . .Managing through the Global Financial Crisis

    26 May, 2009 | Executive Action Report

    CEOs of five of the world's leading companies predict that the current global financial crisis will leave its mark on how business is done in the future. But how, to what degree, and for how long?

  133. Waddayaknow? Knowledge Management Can Be an Organization's Key to Survival

    21 May, 2009 | Executive Action Report

    This Executive Action report uses three case studies to build a business case for implementing Knowledge Management, and provides tips for making KM work.

  134. Potential Economic Impact of the 2009 A(H1N1) Influenza (Swine Flu) Pandemic

    08 May, 2009 | Executive Action Report

    While it's too early to determine the ultimate scope of the A(H1N1) influenza pandemic, a comparison to the 2003 SARS outbreak shows the economic impact may be short-lived and will not significantly alter long-term trends in global macro economic activity

  135. Action Plans for Dealing With a Global Pandemic

    01 May, 2009 | Executive Action Report

    This report summarizes the business and health lessons from previous epidemics and provides important insights to managers about dealing with today's pandemic-related issues.

  136. Role of the Board in Turbulent Times: Avoiding Shareholder Activism

    15 April, 2009 | Executive Action Report

    This report provides board members with a checklist of issues they should consider addressing in their relations with shareholders and, in particular, how to avoid a costly and disruptive battle with an activist investor.

  137. How to Compete and Win In a Broken Economy

    19 March, 2009 | Executive Action Report

    While many small and midsize firms are struggling to survive, stronger companies will find opportunities to improve their competitive position.

  138. Changing Attitudes to Work - What Should HR Do?

    12 March, 2009 | Executive Action Report

    Participants at The Conference Board’s European Human Resources Council Summit issue a set of management recommendations to deal with changing work attitudes.

  139. Role of the Board in Turbulent Times: Overseeing Internal Investigations

    19 February, 2009 | Executive Action Report

    This report provides boards of directors of SEC-reporting companies with guidance to consider when confronting material evidence of internal misconduct or the prospect of investigations by the federal government or a self-regulatory organization.

  140. Tighten Your Supply Chain to Wring Out Costs

    28 January, 2009 | Executive Action Report

    This report features insights and practical advice from corporate executives and supply-chain experts, and helpful suggestions for recruiting logistic specialists.

  141. A Crisis of Confidence

    12 January, 2009 | Executive Action Report

    Despite ongoing concerns that the current economic crisis could end up resembling The Great Depression, data so far shows that this recession is in far better shape than the circumstances of 1929.

  142. Role of the Board in Turbulent Times: Assessing Corporate Strategy

    08 January, 2009 | Executive Action Report

    This report provides U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) reporting companies with a checklist of issues that their board members, in collaboration with top executives, should consider addressing.

  143. Salary Increase Budgets 2009: Financial Crisis Edition

    16 December, 2008 | Executive Action Report

    The continuing negative economic growth forecasted well into 2009 is having an impact on compensation decisions in real-time.

  144. Role of the Board in Turbulent Times: Overseeing Risk Management and Executive Compensation

    04 December, 2008 | Executive Action Report

    Aside from a declining housing market, which remains a somewhat cyclical and unavoidable phenomenon—the problems faced today by some U.S. financial institutions are due to inadequate risk oversight.

  145. How Effective Information Services Can Contribute to the Bottom Line

    01 December, 2008 | Executive Action Report

    Information Services can help the bottom line by providing the right information at the right time and in the right format.

  146. Can They Take It? What Happens When Older Employees Work Overtime

    12 November, 2008 | Executive Action Report

    Overtime is a key to profitability for many employers, and a boost to the paychecks of their employees. But is there a concomitant cost when, as is often the case, senior employees work extra hours?

  147. Innovate Today, Grow Tomorrow

    31 October, 2008 | Executive Action Report

    An economic downturn is the perfect time to explore new product ideas and invent new business models: three midsize firms show how to revitalize your entrepreneurial roots.

  148. Precision Marketing: Five Ways to Make Better Marketing Investment Decisions

    23 October, 2008 | Executive Action Report

    As customers tune out the torrent of information and messages, traditional measures to determine the effectiveness of marketing campaigns are no longer reliable.

  149. Promoted to Fail? How Executive Coaching Can Improve Performance in Newly Promoted Executives

    09 September, 2008 | Executive Action Report

    Executive coaching can facilitate a manager’s transition into a position with corporate-wide responsibilities, provided the coaching gives the manager awareness of the position’s complexity and the skills to address them.

  150. Huddled Masses? Why Helping Immigrants Helps Companies

    08 September, 2008 | Executive Action Report

    A corporate philanthropy focus on immigrant integration can yield impressive returns for both business and society.

  151. Salary Increase Budgets Holding Steady for 2009

    20 August, 2008 | Executive Action Report

    Companies are responding to a sluggish economy by remaining disciplined on labor costs. Salary increase budgets for 2008 are below 4 percent and should remain near
    that level in 2009.

  152. Bridging the Logistical Divide: Integration of Poor Countries in Global Supply Chains

    07 August, 2008 | Executive Action Report

    The growth of larger, developed world markets compounds the difficulty faced by small-market countries struggling to achieve sustainable growth and close the gap between rich and poor nations.

  153. On the Record with George W. Buckley

    31 July, 2008 | Executive Action Report

    The chairman, president, and CEO of 3M Company discusses how private equity firms and public companies are swapping roles and the increasing importance of close-to-market manufacturing.

  154. On The Record with Ivan Seidenberg

    31 July, 2008 | Executive Action Report

    The CEO of Verizon Communications, Inc., New York, New York, explains the importance of developing global managerial talent and implementing cost control methods.

  155. Women's Leadership: Revitalizing Women’s Initiatives

    10 July, 2008 | Executive Action Report

    There are suggestions that women's advancement in corporate America has plateaued or even slipped in recent years. But many companies remain committed to initiatives designed to support women’s careers.

  156. On the Record with J. Doug Pruitt

    01 July, 2008 | Executive Action Report

    The CEO of Sundt Construction, Tempe, Arizona, explains the importance of managing change, fostering innovation, and the need for diversity and multi-generational knowledge sharing.

  157. Smart Sourcing: A Boost to Sourcing Value Creation

    25 June, 2008 | Executive Action Report

    Applying well-known financial analysis tools to sourcing planning and decision-making allows managers to base outsourcing decisions on fact, not fiction.

  158. On the Record with Jouko Karvinen

    17 June, 2008 | Executive Action Report

    Jouko Karvinen, CEO, Stora Enso, Helsinki, Finland, a manufacturer of paper and board products, discusses succession management, innovation, eastern Europe as a supply source, and environmental concerns among customers.

  159. Harnessing the Perfect Storm: Business Executives in Mid-Size Companies Are Seizing Green Opportunities

    29 May, 2008 | Executive Action Report

    Mid-size businesses that considered taking only small affordable steps toward energy efficiency or originally balked at government regulation are now looking to become environmentally friendly.

  160. Shifting the Focus: Updating Your Work-Life Approach to Integrate Employee Engagement and Talent Management

    21 May, 2008 | Executive Action Report

    To recruit and retain a new generation joining the workforce, companies need to understand that work-life balance has moved beyond flextime, and adjust their work-life programs accordingly.

  161. Company Approaches to Green Products and Services: What's Working and What's Not

    07 May, 2008 | Executive Action Report

    Companies that go “green” and promote those efforts must be informed on the environmental impacts of all processes throughout a product’s lifecycle and commit to transparency in marketing and advertising.

  162. Speaking with Authority—the Case for Teaching English Language Proficiency on the Job

    01 May, 2008 | Executive Action Report

    With more foreign-born workers in the U.S. labor force, the need for on-the-job language training is greater ¾there is evidence it pays dividends in terms of employee engagement and productivity.

  163. Security Metrics as a Management Tool

    30 April, 2008 | Executive Action Report

    Traditionally viewed as a cost, security is not merely risk avoidance. It lets companies measure and manage risk and adds value by, e.g., enabling firms to operate in new markets.

  164. HR Challenge: Staffing Up to Expand Overseas

    30 April, 2008 | Executive Action Report

    Branching into foreign markets is not impossible for smaller companies, if they minimize the use of American ex-pats and tap into local talent, requiring research, partnerships, and pinpointing leadership potential.

  165. Human Resources: Changing to Drive Business Strategy

    16 April, 2008 | Executive Action Report

    Huge transformations in business are causing human resource professionals to adapt their strategies and operating procedures to become strategic partners to C-suite executives.

  166. Capturing Butterflies and Making Them Talk

    04 April, 2008 | Executive Action Report

    If companies want to benefit from their employees’ collective wisdom, they need to learn and implement knowledge transfer skills across generations.

  167. Political Money: The Need for Director Oversight

    03 April, 2008 | Executive Action Report

    After years of being overlooked, political spending is a regular part of companies’ agendas, and boards of directors must monitor risk and ensure ethical behavior or face potential severe consequences.

  168. Managing Great Expectations: Reshaping Engagement Strategies to Address Stakeholders' Citizenship and Sustainability Concerns

    20 March, 2008 | Executive Action Report

    It is critical that a company understand the citizenship and sustainability issues relevant to its products, services, and operations, and know how stakeholders perceive its responsiveness to those issues.

  169. Going Green: Corporate Commitment to Citizenship and Sustainability Issues Takes on a Greater Role

    04 March, 2008 | Executive Action Report

    North American companies have placed increased emphasis on corporate citizenship and sustainability issues over the past three years, leading to numerous changes within their organizations.

  170. How CEOs Turn Themselves (and Others) into True Leaders

    26 February, 2008 | Executive Action Report

    Interviews with six mid-market CEOs suggest that smaller companies need to be more aware of the cultural attitudes and values affecting their ability to attract, retain, and develop talented employees.

  171. Investing in the Future—the Importance of Cross-Sector Partnerships in Improving Workforce Readiness

    11 February, 2008 | Executive Action Report

    Partnering with governmental and non-governmental stakeholders allows the business community to instill the values of accountability and responsibility into education, fostering innovation and productivity in the process.

  172. Working at the Intersection of Human Resources and Business Ethics – the Need for Collaboration

    29 January, 2008 | Executive Action Report

    To be effective, corporate ethics and compliance programs must be closely aligned with standard human resources and talent management processes.

  173. Can Continuing Changes in Pension Management Provide a Secure Retirement?

    29 January, 2008 | Executive Action Report

    With 77 million baby boomers headed for retirement, it's no surprise that nearly every facet of pension plan structure and financial management is being reevaluated.

  174. Compensation & Benefits: A Global View

    24 January, 2008 | Executive Action Report

    To attract and retain the best employees globally, companies must devise flexible, portable compensation and benefits packages that meet the elevated expectations of today’s professionals.

  175. 2007 Report on Top Executive Compensation—Key Findings

    31 December, 2007 | Executive Action Report

    The Conference Board 2007 Report on Top Executive Compensation—Key Findings indicates that CEOs of the largest companies hold a substantial amount of company stock.

  176. Company Focus on the Risk of Third-Party Misconduct — A New Strategic Consideration

    30 November, 2007 | Executive Action Report

    The need for partners in global markets and the pressures for high standards of
    business conduct from governments, international organizations, and NGOs mean
    increased company focus on third-party business conduct.

  177. What Others Think of You Matters: Manage and Boost Your Corporate Reputation Using Social Media

    06 November, 2007 | Executive Action Report

    Podcasts. Blogs. Virtual Worlds. Today's media landscape is evolving, stretching far beyond traditional radio, television, and print, and the days of managing your company's reputation with just a press release are history.

  178. Step Up to Solutions-Selling

    30 October, 2007 | Executive Action Report

    Some small and midsize companies are getting organized to sell solutions, not just products. Why aren't all the others?

  179. Where Are the Women Directors?

    14 September, 2007 | Executive Action Report

    Women are everywhere in corporate America — except on boards. Here's how to change that.

  180. When an Employee's Freedom of Religion Crosses Paths with a Company's Interests

    10 September, 2007 | Executive Action Report

    As religion increasingly collides with corporate policies and practices, companies are asking what is and isn't permissible behavior — for workers and for themselves.

  181. Connecting Emotions and Personality to Your Corporate Image and Brands

    13 August, 2007 | Executive Action Report

    When it comes to building and maintaining a corporate brand, today's democratized market is no place for top-down, hierarchical thinking. In this climate, an authoritative tone is as apt to cause resentment as it is to increase sales.

  182. Crafting a Strategy for Virtual Worlds: Eight Questions to Ask

    10 August, 2007 | Executive Action Report

    Virtual worlds are emerging fast on the business landscape, but few companies have developed a strategy to deal with them. How can you take advantage of this new technology?

  183. Designing Organizations That Execute New Strategies and Create Capabilities for Change

    03 July, 2007 | Executive Action Report

    Driven by today's global and hyper-competitive environment, organizations are
    experiencing constant change. They need to build an internal design capability
    to realign organizational components on an almost continuous basis.

  184. Corporate Giving Priorities and Challenges in 2007

    21 June, 2007 | Executive Action Report

    The factor most influencing corporate giving priorities in 2007 is aligning the giving program more closely with business needs.

  185. Women and Leadership: Creating Opportunities for Advancement

    21 June, 2007 | Executive Action Report

    Women can advance in the workforce only if companies are more aggressive in promoting them to leadership positions—and women take advantage of increased
    opportunities.

  186. Finding a Definition of Employee Engagement

    19 June, 2007 | Executive Action Report

    Determining a practical definition of employee engagement is a personal exercise. Companies must determine, “What is employee engagement to us?” based on drivers such as company pride and manager relationships.

  187. Business Benefits of Security: Making the Case in Mid-Market Companies

    17 April, 2007 | Executive Action Report

    Mid-market companies are coming to the realization that security is best viewed as an investment that increases business value, rather than an expense to be minimized.

  188. Middle Managers: Engaging and Enrolling the Biggest Roadblock to Diversity and Inclusion

    12 April, 2007 | Executive Action Report

    Diversity practitioners, who challenge the status quo, frequently put themselves at direct odds with middle managers, who often are more concerned with preserving it.

  189. A View From the Top:
    The Challenge of Building A Global Workforce

    29 March, 2007 | Executive Action Report

    In the war for talent in India and China, retention is a challenge, and the fact that these new workers are also newly empowered consumers is an opportunity.

  190. Convergence of Principle- and Rule-Based Ethics Programs: An Emerging Global Trend?

    14 March, 2007 | Executive Action Report

    While the U.S. approach to corporate ethics programs is often compliance-based compared to Europe’s values-based approach, there may be a move toward a middle way that embraces aspects of both.

  191. Becoming Skilled at Painting with Two Brushes

    09 March, 2007 | Executive Action Report

    Asian and Western companies differ in cultural approaches to talent development, but both can benefit from long-term international assignments and participation in international cross-functional teams.

  192. Risk and Opportunity in the Gathering Climate Change Storm

    22 February, 2007 | Executive Action Report

    In the absence of organized global response to climate change, business must prepare to minimize risks—and know they can realize competitive advantage by doing so.

  193. Growth in the Middle East Depends on Productivity

    20 February, 2007 | Executive Action Report

    Although GDP growth in the Middle East has been strong for several years, stagnant productivity levels and the lack of a large middle class may limit the region’s growth potential.

  194. How to Make Executive Coaching Work for Your Company and Executives

    08 February, 2007 | Executive Action Report

    With demand growing for executive coaching services, successful programs enhance the skills of key future leaders and align performance to meet the needs of business.

  195. Citizenship and Sustainability: Doing Good Can Be Good for Business

    30 January, 2007 | Executive Action Report

    Small and mid-size companies are finding that expanding corporate citizenship and sustainability programs is a smart business decision that can enhance public image and do good even with limited resources.

  196. Is ICT's Contribution to Productivity Growth Peaking?

    23 January, 2007 | Executive Action Report

    Low U.S. productivity growth in 2006 raises the question of whether information and communication technology (ICT) has run its course or remains a dominate driver of growth.

  197. Europe's Progress in Promoting Work-Life and Diversity in the Workplace

    12 January, 2007 | Executive Action Report

    Comprehensive anti-discrimination legislation now covers the European Union’s 27 member states, strongly affecting companies’ diversity and work-life management policies and practices.

  198. Bridging China's Talent Gap

    11 January, 2007 | Executive Action Report

    Multinational companies operating in China face challenges in recruiting, training, and retaining top managers. Job-hopping and rising wages in China are problems; short-term international assignments are one solution.

     

  199. How Public-Private Partnerships in Education Can Enhance International Business Competitiveness

    08 January, 2007 | Executive Action Report

    Education partnerships of business, government, and nongovernmental organizations can reward companies with the best-prepared workforce possible and encourage growth in potential markets by helping raise living standards.

  200. Designing the High-Performance Compensation Plan That Works

    04 January, 2007 | Executive Action Report

    Some mid-size companies are reshuffling their mix of incentives, for example, seeking alternatives to stock option plans, to galvanize employees and grow in new directions.

  201. Toward a Framework for Supply Chain Leadership

    14 December, 2006 | Executive Action Report

    Supply chain leadership (SCL) has been largely a learn-as-you-go endeavor, with many companies learning the same lessons over and over again.

  202. Soft Law and Ethics Programs: The Expanding Role for Company Attorneys

    07 December, 2006 | Executive Action Report

    Twenty-first-century corporate lawyers face new challenges in the proliferation of global business codes of conduct and company ethics and compliance programs.

     

  203. Faith at Work: What Does It Mean to Be a “Faith-Friendly” Company?

    27 November, 2006 | Executive Action Report

    How companies frame their response the “faith-at-work” movement will determine if the issue becomes a legal minefield or a source of competitive advantage.

  204. Reward Trumps Risk: How Business Perspectives on Corporate Citizenship and Sustainability Are Changing

    09 November, 2006 | Executive Action Report

    Companies see more reward than risk in corporate citizenship and sustainability issues, but struggle to capitalize on their programs in the marketplace.

  205. Stopping the Profit Drain from Higher Energy Costs

    26 October, 2006 | Executive Action Report

    Mid-sized and smaller industrial firms wishing to reduce costs have to make energy
    efficiency a priority and develop coherent structures for managing it.

     

     

  206. Carbon Footprint a Growing Management Concern

    17 October, 2006 | Executive Action Report

    The Conference Board survey finds companies are increasingly focusing on greenhouse gases and their implications for business.

  207. Leadership Challenges for Indian Companies

    17 October, 2006 | Executive Action Report

    Tomorrow's Indian business leaders must be master strategists, able to manage change as well as relationships and networks, and perhaps most importantly demonstrate the ability to develop new leaders.

  208. Competitive Advantage of “Low-Wage” Countries Often Exaggerated

    02 October, 2006 | Executive Action Report

    When adjusting wages for productivity, the cost advantage to companies of "low-wage" countries and regions such as China, India, Mexico, or Central and Eastern Europe over North America and Western Europe is smaller than you think.

  209. Philanthropy at Mid-Market Firms: It Pays to Be Creative

    28 September, 2006 | Executive Action Report

    A creative approach to philanthropy can help those in need as well as the bottom-line by improving corporate image and improving employee morale.

  210. Global Talent Management: How Businesses Attract, Develop, and Retain the Best

    19 September, 2006 | Executive Action Report

    To excel at talent management, companies must: make talent management a priority; walk the talk, have a talent identification process; be uncompromising; and coach high potential talent.

  211. Growing the New Business Leader

    14 September, 2006 | Executive Action Report

    Many companies are good at determining today’s leadership needs, but they aren’t anticipating their requirements three or four years down the road, let alone for the next decades.

  212. Ethics Programs and Practices: A 20-Year Retrospective

    05 September, 2006 | Executive Action Report

    Corporate ethics codes have become more precise in the past 20 years, and the involvement of boards of directors — a sign of company commitment— has risen dramatically.

  213. How to Hire Top Performers
    (Hint: They Already Have Jobs)

    10 August, 2006 | Executive Action Report

    Smaller companies don’t have to settle for less. Get an edge in the talent wars with shrewd targeting and robust retention strategies.

  214. Building a World-Class Workforce:
    Two Case Studies

    26 July, 2006 | Executive Action Report

    While diversity is critical to a world-class workforce, there is an irony when it comes to  recruitment and retention: to achieve true equity, you may have to treat people differently.

  215. Nuts and Bolts of Execution: Putting Ideas to Work

    30 June, 2006 | Executive Action Report

    Execution links strategy with results, but it’s not a prescribed program; those who understand execution don’t confuse activity with accomplishment.

  216. Women of Color: Strategies for Leadership Success

    29 June, 2006 | Executive Action Report

    While high-level women of color encounter many of the same gender stereotypes as senior white female executives, they also face unique challenges that can be overcome by networking and planning.

  217. Threat, Vulnerability, and Consequence: A Framework for Managing Security

    29 June, 2006 | Executive Action Report

    Risk management is the intellectual core of the security field. Analyzing security in terms of risk helps companies translate issues of physical protection and data integrity into relevant management concepts.

  218. Making the Business Case for Security

    27 June, 2006 | Executive Action Report

    With their function traditionally seen as a cost center, security directors are being asked to present metrics to establish a business case for undertaking security expenditures.

  219. On the Record With.... Dr. Gerhard Cromme

    26 June, 2006 | Executive Action Report

    Dr. Gerhard Cromme, Chairman of the Supervisory Board, ThyssenKrupp AG, Düsseldorf, Germany discusses market short-termism, mitigating risk through geographic diversity, and predicts that mergers and acquisitions will increase globally.

  220. Salary Budgets Holding Steady

    21 June, 2006 | Executive Action Report

    A survey of HR executives of 441 companies reveals pay increases for most salaried workers will average only 3.5 percent this year and stay at that level through 2007.

  221. On the Record With.... Dr. Stephanie A. Burns

    15 June, 2006 | Executive Action Report

    Dr. Stephanie A. Burns, Chairman, President and CEO Dow Corning Corporation, Midland, Michigan, discusses innovation, implementing a successful M&A strategy, and managing risk in a global economy.

  222. On the Record With.... Sajjan Jindal

    05 June, 2006 | Executive Action Report

    Sajjan Jindal, Vice Chairman and Managing Director of JSW Steel, Ltd.; Mumbai, India, explains his philosophy for corporate success, particularly the importance of maintaining a long-term business view in the face of short-term pressure.

  223. Safety, Health and Environmental Management Excellence Yields Business Benefit

    30 May, 2006 | Executive Action Report

    This report highlights the Environmental Health & Safety programs of two recent winners of The Robert W. Campbell Award.

  224. On the Record With.... Bertrand Collomb

    23 May, 2006 | Executive Action Report

    Bertrand Collomb, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Lafarge, France discusses the challenges to innovation in Europe and the rising risk of a backlash against free markets and globalization.

  225. Irresolute American

    17 May, 2006 | Executive Action Report

    The bold face Americans put on in the marketplace is quite different than the one they have in the workplace. Are Americans working in fear?

  226. On the Record With.... Lim Chee-Onn

    15 May, 2006 | Executive Action Report

    An in-depth interview with Lim Chee-Onn, Executive Chairman, Keppel Corporation, Ltd., Singapore, on current forces in management and the marketplace and the trends he expects to face in the future.

  227. Is Avian Flu the Next Y2K? Can We Afford To Think So?

    02 May, 2006 | Executive Action Report

    Coping with a potential pandemic requires a different approach to continuity planning. Is your company preparing properly?

  228. Age and Opportunity: Plan Strategically to Get the Most Out of a Maturing Workforce

    01 May, 2006 | Executive Action Report

    If baby boomers retire as expected, there won’t be enough people to do the work; companies who act now can avoid the worst and gain a competitive advantage.

  229. Hispanics in the Workplace: Building Meaningful Diversity

    27 March, 2006 | Executive Action Report

    As the Hispanic American population increases rapidly, diversifying the workforce so a company reflects its customers is a high priority for American business.

     

     

  230. Challenge of Meeting Public Expectations on Sustainable Development

    16 March, 2006 | Executive Action Report

    As the public becomes increasingly concerned with health, safety, and the environment, companies are adopting new approaches and involving stakeholders in more open, transparent, and constructive dialogues.

  231. What's in a Day's Pay? SEC Proposes New Rules for Disclosing Executive Compensation

    23 February, 2006 | Executive Action Report

    The SEC’s proposed changes in reporting executive compensation including having proxy statements publish a dollar figure representing an executive’s total pay, including perks.

  232. Business Case for Diversity: Good Practices in the Workplace

    22 February, 2006 | Executive Action Report

    Companies operating in Europe are finding that building diverse workforces and more inclusive work environments results in tangible business benefits.

  233. A Strategic Approach to Security: Compliance, Certification, and Competitive Advantage

    13 February, 2006 | Executive Action Report

    While regulatory initiatives have transformed corporate security programs, companies can add value by integrating security into a comprehensive risk management framework.

     

  234. Strengthening Corporate Governance: A New Age of Entrepreneurship in India

    10 February, 2006 | Executive Action Report

     As India moves to adopt globally accepted corporate governance standards, it benefits from “late mover advantage,” reaping the results of years of experimentation and trial and error by others.

     

  235. Preparing for the Worst: A Guide to Business Continuity Planning for Mid-Markets

    09 February, 2006 | Executive Action Report

    Why are smaller companies creating disaster survival plans? Because regulators, investors, and customers are demanding they do so.

  236. What Do We Really Know about Effective Leadership in Change Management?

    26 January, 2006 | Executive Action Report

    Despite extensive research over the last fifty years, there is still not a clear view of what it takes to be an effective leader in an organization.

  237. Are You In or Out? In-House vs. Outside Counsel

    20 January, 2006 | Executive Action Report

    Many small and mid-size companies are switching to in-house counsel to combat ballooning fees. This can have positive effects beyond saving money.

  238. Diversity and Profitability: Making the Connections

    05 January, 2006 | Executive Action Report

    As demographic changes in Europe and government regulations pressure companies to increase workforce diversity, companies are finding that a diverse workforce can increase productivity and profitability.

  239. Looking for Employees in All the Right Places

    13 December, 2005 | Executive Action Report

    The buzz may be about the Internet and job boards, but recruiters shouldn’t write off that old stand-by—newspaper help-wanted print advertising.

  240. Making It in Manufacturing: Becoming Lean to Compete Globally

    06 December, 2005 | Executive Action Report

    Companies in higher-wage countries can remain competitive by being lean, taking time to get to know their customers, and maximizing technological advantages.

  241. Defining the Corporate Ethics Brand

    30 November, 2005 | Executive Action Report

    Companies usually place corporate ethics and corporate social responsibility in different departments with different lines of responsibility, but merging them into a coherent corporate ethics brand could reap benefits.

  242. Moving the World - A Case Study in CSR Partnership

    22 November, 2005 | Executive Action Report

    Moving the World, a partnership between the international company TNT and the United Nations, shows how two organizations can combine  strengths to make a difference ?and increase competitiveness and reputation.

  243. Corporate Contributions in 2004

    09 November, 2005 | Executive Action Report

    Corporate giving among the largest U.S. corporations and international corporate giving were on the rise in 2003 and 2004. 

  244. Managing Talent in Asia: Leadership Challenges in a Time of Transition

    31 October, 2005 | Executive Action Report

    Regional dynamics and differences require firms to manage their organizations flexibly and adjust their approaches to talent management and leadership development to compete effectively in the Asia-Pacific marketplace.

  245. Keep It Simple: Getting Your Arms Around Enterprise Risk Management

    20 October, 2005 | Executive Action Report

    Focusing on fundamentals is how savvy companies approach enterprise risk management (ERM) to gain competitive advantage, boost financial performance, enhance shareholder confidence, and protect business value.

  246. Gulf Coast Hurricanes: Assessing the Economic Impact

    17 October, 2005 | Executive Action Report

    Despite their enormity, soaring energy prices, and slowing economic growth, hurricanes Katrina and Rita were not powerful enough to push the U.S. economy into recession.

  247. Gaining Momentum in Mainstream Investing . . . or Not?

    07 October, 2005 | Executive Action Report

    The potential for ESG integration is at a critical point. Has the importance of ESG factors in mainstream investment analysis been set?

  248. Defining Corporate Governance Best Practices to Add Firm Value

    20 September, 2005 | Executive Action Report

    European family-controlled public companies tend to perform less well in the stock market than their American counterparts. Would best practices followed by family firms in the United States be helpful examples for similar enterprises in Europe?

  249. Navigating Energy Management: A Roadmap for Business

    15 September, 2005 | Executive Action Report

    Businesses today are more focused on “managing” energy than at any other time in recent decades. However, are business opportunities being missed because many companies are approaching energy management in an unsystematic fashion, or not at all?

  250. HR’s Role in Building a Culture of Innovation

    06 September, 2005 | Executive Action Report

    Encouraging innovation is a high priority among CEOs. How can HR professionals gain a place at the strategy table by overcoming obstacles and fostering an innovation framework?

  251. Women in Leadership: The Diversity Imperative—Supporting Actions for Change

    31 August, 2005 | Executive Action Report

    There are considerable gender gaps in employment status, pay levels, and career outlook in Europe despite roughly equal numbers of well-educated males and females. Are senior executives willing to take steps to correct the imbalance?

  252. How Smaller Companies Earn Customer Loyalty

    18 August, 2005 | Executive Action Report

    How do you develop customer loyalty? How do you measure it? How do you profit from it?

  253. Managing Corporate Citizenship Implications of Offshoring

    29 July, 2005 | Executive Action Report

    How can companies handle operational downsizing/offshoring while treating its departing employees with respect and maintaining its reputation in the community?

  254. Corporate Social Responsibility In China: Can Voluntary Codes Succeed?

    19 July, 2005 | Executive Action Report

    Is there an alternative to laws that are unevenly administered and enforced? A question well worth asking about business practice in all developing economies -- including China.

  255. China: Creating An Unlikely Edge In The Global Market Share Battle

    11 July, 2005 | Executive Action Report

    In the quest for market dominance, is the ability to exploit the mass market more important than cutting edge innovation?

  256. Go Ahead: Sweat the Small Stuff

    20 June, 2005 | Executive Action Report

    Microinequities among your fellow workers are more damaging than one might think - both to the left out employee and to the company itself.

  257. Can U.S. Corporations Change the Way People Think About America?

    06 June, 2005 | Executive Action Report

    There has been a gradual global erosion of faith in the United States and its government, and in turn consumers worldwide are losing trust in American corporations. Is it time for U.S. corporations to help change the way the U.S. is viewed?

  258. Salary Increase Budgets 2005-2006: With Recovery Leveling Off, Mood Remains Cautious

    25 May, 2005 | Executive Action Report

    Caution continues to be the prevailing mood when it comes to salary budgets, with continued attention paid to controlling costs. This is the third year in a row that median increases have fallen significantly below 4 percent.

  259. Why Ethical Leaders Are Different

    10 May, 2005 | Executive Action Report

    Ethical leaders understand that top leadership support of ethics programs, open debate, and institutional sustainability are crucial to effective decision-making.

  260. Consumer-Driven Healthcare: Cost Shift or Paradigm Shift?

    04 May, 2005 | Executive Action Report

    Consumer-driven health plans are the latest trend being presented as a promising solution to rising healthcare costs. This topic was discussed during The 2005 Employee Healthcare Conference held by The Conference Board in February and March.

  261. Why Organization Design Is Critical To Global Leadership Development

    28 April, 2005 | Executive Action Report

    Effective organizational design that measures skills and enables career development is crucial for successful leadership development.

  262. Revolution in Retail Trade

    12 April, 2005 | Executive Action Report

    Barcodes and universal product codes (UPCs) transformed retail trade in the 1990s; radio frequency identification looks as if it will be the next revolution.

  263. How Prepared Are Companies for the Revised Sentencing Guidelines?

    15 March, 2005 | Executive Action Report

    The modification of the Sentencing Guidelines in November 2004 included three newly emphasized ethical requirements. How prepared are companies to respond to these new challenges?

  264. Take This Job and…

    28 February, 2005 | Executive Action Report

    U.S. workers of all ages and income brackets are growing increasingly dissatisfied with their jobs.

  265. Energy Management Goes Strategic—An Operations-Only Issue No More

    22 February, 2005 | Executive Action Report

    New developments in energy pricing, supply, environmental concerns, and regulation are causing companies to shift their energy-related decision making from an operational focus to a more strategic one.

  266. Thinking Offshoring Through

    17 February, 2005 | Executive Action Report

    For a topic that has been so widely and so hotly debated, the answers to many questions about offshoring are still somewhat hazy. Why is that?

  267. Reaching the Goal Line On Good Governance

    08 February, 2005 | Executive Action Report

    Complying with Sarbanes-Oxley has been a difficult undertaking for small and medium sized companies. It has been a painful learning experience with more lessons to be learned.

  268. On the Record With...Julien De Wilde

    07 February, 2005 | Executive Action Report

    An interview with Julien De Wilde, CEO, N.V. Bekaert S.A., Kortrijk (Belgium), regarding current forces in management and the marketplace and the trends expected to be faced in the future.

  269. Redefining the Employee Value Proposition: New Developments in Asia-Pacific

    02 February, 2005 | Executive Action Report

    Companies in Asia-Pacific who want to have a successful employee value proposition should embed corporate governance as well as diversity and inclusion policies into corporate culture.

  270. Beyond Compliance: The Future of Risk Management

    31 January, 2005 | Executive Action Report

    According to recent interviews with business managers, Enterprise Risk Management is gaining ground as a comprehensive approach for evaluating activities and assessing a multitude of risks associated with conducting business.

  271. Sound Fundamentals, Troubling Trends: U.S. Consumers Can’t Carry the Global Economy Indefinitely

    26 January, 2005 | Executive Action Report

    Markets seem to view a U.S. slowdown as bad for America and good for everyone else; in actuality, nothing could be further from the truth.

  272. Future of Knowledge Management

    25 January, 2005 | Executive Action Report

    The revolution never came—but that doesn’t mean that Knowledge Management is dead. In the ’90s, there was a belief that knowledge was critical of business and the gateway to innovation. KM was going to make a difference.

  273. Discretionary Income Trends: An Overview

    19 January, 2005 | Executive Action Report

    A new study finds that the number of U.S. households with discretionary income rose over a five year period. Can the same be said for the proportion of households with discretionary income?

  274. EU Labor Productivity and Employment Improve in 2004—but U.S. Still Leads

    19 January, 2005 | Executive Action Report

    Productivity and employment growth accelerated in the European Union, but the United States improved at about double the EU-25 growth rates. Will Europe be able to maintain and improve upon these results to reach global prosperity?

  275. Hispanic Market in 2010

    18 January, 2005 | Executive Action Report

    By the close of the decade, Hispanics in the US are expected to represent more than $670 billion in spending power. Marketers will wish to take advantage of this opportunity, but do they understand this population well enough to do so?

  276. Corporate Participation in Community Recovery

    30 December, 2004 | Executive Action Report

    This report discusses the six different recovery initiatives and how corporations can participate.

  277. Key Lessons Learned from Putting a Disaster Plan into Action

    30 December, 2004 | Executive Action Report

    This report presents the key lessons learned from carrying out disaster plans and the seven keys to preparedness should a catastrophe strike.

  278. Improving Project Results: Operating “Below-the-Line” to Produce Real Value

    08 December, 2004 | Executive Action Report

    Project teams and their sponsors rarely acknowledge the risk that their project’s outcomes will not translate into the intended benefits to the organization. How can you keep a project on track for real results?

  279. Succession Planning....Without Tears

    01 December, 2004 | Executive Action Report

    Rather than putting off succession planning and then rushing to hire from the outside when the time arrives, small companies would be better served by grooming leaders from within the firm.

  280. Strategy Struggles in the Boardroom

    22 November, 2004 | Executive Action Report

    Corporate strategist Donald V. Potter finds board meetings do not do justice to strategy discussions. Are separate meetings with a set agenda the answer?

  281. Forget the Free Sodas – They Don’t Motivate Anyone

    18 November, 2004 | Executive Action Report

    The real key to employee productivity lies in passion. What five things can managers do to make employees care?

  282. On the Record With...Stan Shih

    15 November, 2004 | Executive Action Report

    Stan Shih, chairman, CEO, and founder of The Acer Group, discusses the inexorable movement toward outsourcing/offshoring and how integrity cannot be driven by regulation.

  283. Work-Life and Diversity: Local Needs and Business Relevance Drive Success

    10 November, 2004 | Executive Action Report

    Spurred on by the new European Union-wide anti-discrimination legislation, inclusion policies and practices are being adopted by Europe-based organisations. Which approaches will succeed?

  284. Security in Mid-Market Companies: Tackling the Challenge

    04 November, 2004 | Executive Action Report

    Will the most important incentive for smaller companies to upgrade their security operations come from standards imposed by major corporations rather than those imposed by the government?

  285. On the Record With...Alain J.P. Belda

    26 October, 2004 | Executive Action Report

    Alain J.P. Belda, Chairman and CEO, Alcoa, Inc., New York discusses offshoring, global talent management, and the need for rebalancing corporate power by ensuring director independence.

  286. On the Record With...Nandan M. Nilekani

    20 October, 2004 | Executive Action Report

    Nandan M. Nilekani, CEO and co-founder, Infosys Technologies, Ltd., Bangalore, India discusses offshoring’s social impact, new outsourcing hotspots, and the distortions wrought by excessive compensation of top executives.

  287. Corporate Contributions - A Look at the Numbers

    15 October, 2004 | Executive Action Report

    Corporate giving among the largest U.S. corporations is on the rise according to The Conference Board’s annual survey. For additional information see Report 1355.

  288. Cops, Geeks, and Bean Counters: The Clashing Cultures of Corporate Security

    21 September, 2004 | Executive Action Report

    Bridging the clash of cultures and creating a common frame of reference is essential if companies are to manage their total security needs in an effective manner.

  289. Unique Challenges of Developing World-Class Business Leaders in Asia Pacific

    15 September, 2004 | Executive Action Report

    Although leadership development is a concern for CEOs worldwide, some of the challenges are exaggerated in the Asian Pacific context.

  290. Coaching Creates Relationships Essential to Business Success

    08 September, 2004 | Executive Action Report

    Part one of a two part report finds that coaching should not be used to boost low performing employees, it should be reserved for those with potential. (See Executive Action 113 for part two.)

  291. Building Executive Coaching Capability That Delivers Business Results

    08 September, 2004 | Executive Action Report

    The second part of a two piece report asks: Does coaching really work? Can the end result justify the financial means? (See Executive Action 112 for part one.)

  292. Restructuring for a Stronger European Union

    31 August, 2004 | Executive Action Report

    If European policymakers greatly step up reforms, will it enable the European Union to become “the most competitive and dynamic knowledge-based economy in the world” by the end of the decade?

  293. Asia's New Era of Opportunity

    24 August, 2004 | Executive Action Report

    Many changes have been made since the 1997-98 financial crisis in Asia. Can these changes provide Asian economies with a critical source of home-grown capital?

  294. Conducting Independent Investigations

    18 August, 2004 | Executive Action Report

    Corporate leaders now must determine whether to conduct an independent investigation in response to a legal, regulatory, or corporate integrity crisis.

  295. Making Over Leaders and Leadership Styles

    12 August, 2004 | Executive Action Report

    Are the requirements of leadership changing? That is the question being asked as a new generation rises in the workplace.

  296. Climate Change: Clear Trajectory—Haze in the Details

    11 August, 2004 | Executive Action Report

    Climate change is a fact of life for business in the 21st century, and those that ignore the potential implications do so at their own peril.

  297. Women in Leadership: Putting Diversity Policies into Practice

    05 August, 2004 | Executive Action Report

    Most large companies have diversity policies in place that include targets for recruiting and advancing more women into leadership roles, but they still face the challenges of implementing the policies successfully while growing their business.

  298. Adding Value in Shared Services . . . Insourcing, Outsourcing, and Offshoring

    29 July, 2004 | Executive Action Report

    Companies are closely examining insourcing, outsourcing, and offshoring to decide which approach delivers the best support services at the lowest cost. What is the best solution?

  299. Evolving Role of the Board in CEO and “Back Bench” Senior Executive Succession

    15 July, 2004 | Executive Action Report

    Boards of Directors are becoming more involved in overall management succession. How can they ensure that the right leaders are in place to steer the company to be lucrative and principled.

  300. Consumers Going Online Before Going on the Road

    14 July, 2004 | Executive Action Report

    Consumers tend to be using the Internet to research travel rather than booking it - with concern regarding credit card security the main reason for not making arrangements online.

  301. Security Practices ... Security in Mid-Market Companies: The View From the Top

    01 July, 2004 | Executive Action Report

    Is corporate security an expense that should be minimized or an investment that increases business value?

  302. Salary Increase Budgets 2004-2005: Despite Recovery, Mood Remains Cautious

    21 June, 2004 | Executive Action Report

    For a second straight year, median salary increases have dropped well below four percent even though U.S. business is rebounding.

  303. Defining The Values-Based Enterprise

    15 June, 2004 | Executive Action Report

    A renewed interested in the concept of a values-based enterprise has emerged. At the heart of the values based enterprise is the belief that companies need both “private” and “public” capital to survive and prosper.

  304. CEOs and The Glass House

    27 May, 2004 | Executive Action Report

    This report is based on John R. Hall's remarks to The Conference Board's Director Institute. Hall emphasized the need for boards to ensure that ethical procedures are followed, and the company's Chief Executive Officer carefully monitored.

  305. A Failure to Communicate . . .Twelve Habits of Effective Writers

    24 May, 2004 | Executive Action Report

    With the advances in media and technology, getting your message delivered has never been easier. However, it is also easier than ever to be misunderstood or overlooked in today's deluged inboxes.

  306. Strategic Planning for the Time-challenged

    19 May, 2004 | Executive Action Report

    For many smaller and mid-sized companies, whose management resources tend to be stretched thin, a simplified approach to planning works best.

  307. Webcasting on the Corporate Intranet

    22 April, 2004 | Executive Action Report

    Many large and medium sized companies are using webcasting to communicate with their employees, courtesy of high-bandwidth network connections.

  308. Redesigning HR for Mid-Sized Firms

    14 April, 2004 | Executive Action Report

    Human Resources departments - of both large and mid-sized firms - choosing to outsource routine administrative tasks, are going through the same transitional pangs.

  309. Can Manufacturing Survive in Advanced Countries?

    29 March, 2004 | Executive Action Report

    Job losses remain high in the manufacturing industry in the U.S. and in other developed nations, and are not being made up by greater job creation in expansions. What is the long-term impact of such job losses on a country’s ability to compete globally?

  310. International Business Cultures . . . Corporate Governance: An Asian Perspective

    18 March, 2004 | Executive Action Report

    Corporate Governance initiatives in the U.S. are causing many countries around the world to review their best practices. Hong Kong is no exception, but their business leaders believe they should be implemented with characteristics unique to the region.

  311. New EU Directive Means Greater Corporate Environmental Liability Exposure

    24 February, 2004 | Executive Action Report

    Once a new controversial law is passed, companies already operating in the EU will see their environmental liability exposure increase.

  312. New Member States Will Raise Productivity Growth of Enlarged European Union—but U.S. Lead Still Strong

    11 February, 2004 | Executive Action Report

    Structural reforms in Central and Eastern Europe will significantly boost productivity growth in the European Union. Despite this growth, the United States is significantly ahead of the newly enlarged European Union.

  313. Taking Global Brands to Japan: A Luxury Goods Market that is as Profitable as it is Unique

    03 February, 2004 | Executive Action Report

    This report delves into how the profound social changes in Japan - brought about by a decade long recession - have allowed global luxury brands to blossom there.

  314. On the Record With....Daniel DiMicco

    27 January, 2004 | Executive Action Report

    Daniel DiMicco, CEO of Nucor Corporation, discusses, among other topics, the effects of consolidation in the steel industry and how to tap into the global workforce of the future.

  315. Rebuilding Trust in Business . . .Corporate Social Responsibility in the 21st Century

    23 January, 2004 | Executive Action Report

    The business of doing business affects the larger society. If all commercial decisions had an indisputable social benefit, choices would be easy, but sometimes trade-offs have to be made.

  316. Corporate Communications Trends... Ruling in Nike Case May Lead to Increased Corporate Self-Censorship

    13 January, 2004 | Executive Action Report

    The repercussions from the lawsuit against Nike concerning its international employment practices, may cause the loss of free speech protection for businesses and an increase in false advertisement suits.