Business Scenarios & Strategic Planning Publications

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CEO Challenge®

  1. CEO Challenges in the Gulf Region

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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 2008: Top 10 Challenges – Financial Crisis Edition

    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.

  9. CEO Challenge 2004: Perspectives and Analysis

    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.

China Center Publications

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

    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.

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

    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.

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

    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.

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

    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.

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

    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.

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

    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.

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

    June 2014 | China Center Publications

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

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

    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

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

    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.

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

    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.

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

    August 2011 | China Center Publications

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

Conference KeyNotes

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

    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.

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

    July 2014 | Conference KeyNotes

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

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

    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.

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

    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.

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

    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.

  6. 2012 Change Management Conference KeyNotes Report

    August 2012 | Conference KeyNotes

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

Council Perspectives

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

    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.

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

    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.

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

    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.

  4. Competitive Intelligence: A Critical Tool for Innovation

    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.

  5. Role of Competitive Intelligence in Driving Growth

    April 2010 | Council Perspectives

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

Director Notes

  1. Corporate Social Responsibility in India

    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.

  2. Managing Supply Chain Sustainability and Risk

    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.

  3. Interim CEO: Reasonable Choice or Failed Selection?

    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.

  4. Board’s Role in Cybersecurity

    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.

  5. Developing an Effective Climate Change Strategy

    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.

  6. Potential Cost and Value of ERM

    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.

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

    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.

  8. Strategic Risk Management: A Primer for Directors

    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.

  9. Risk Oversight Practices: Insights from Corporate Directors

    September 2010 | Director Notes

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

Economics Program Working Paper Series

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

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

    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

  3. Projecting Global Growth

    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

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

    November 2011 | Economics Program Working Paper Series

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

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

    July 2011 | Economics Program Working Paper Series

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

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

    July 2011 | Economics Program Working Paper Series

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

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

    July 2011 | Economics Program Working Paper Series

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

  8. 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

    July 2011 | Economics Program Working Paper Series

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

  9. 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

    July 2011 | Economics Program Working Paper Series

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

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

    July 2011 | Economics Program Working Paper Series

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

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

    July 2011 | Economics Program Working Paper Series

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

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

    July 2011 | Economics Program Working Paper Series

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

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

    July 2011 | Economics Program Working Paper Series

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

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

    July 2011 | Economics Program Working Paper Series

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

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

    March 2011 | Economics Program Working Paper Series

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

  16. Accounting for the Knowledge Economy

    December 2008 | Economics Program Working Paper Series

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

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

    December 2008 | Economics Program Working Paper Series

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

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

    December 2007 | Economics Program Working Paper Series

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

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

    June 2006 | Economics Program Working Paper Series

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

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

    October 2003 | Economics Program Working Paper Series

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

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

    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

Economics Watch Reports

  1. Conference Board Economics Watch® Emerging Markets View

    November 2014 | Economics Watch Reports

    Emerging market growth is likely to remain subdued into 2015, and it will continue to moderate in the medium term

  2. Conference Board Economics Watch® United States View

    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.

  3. Conference Board Economics Watch® European View

    April 2014 | Economics Watch Reports

    Headwinds Are Affecting Growth Expectations for Europe

  4. Conference Board Economics Watch® United States View

    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.

  5. Conference Board Economics Watch® United States View

    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.

  6. Conference Board Economics Watch® European View

    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.

  7. Conference Board Economics Watch® United States View

    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.

  8. Conference Board Economics Watch® - European View

    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.

  9. Conference Board Economics Watch® - European View

    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.

  10. Conference Board Economics Watch® United States View

    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.

  11. Conference Board Economics Watch® United States View

    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.

  12. Conference Board Economics Watch® - European View

    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.

  13. Conference Board Economics Watch® - European View

    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.

  14. Conference Board Economics Watch® United States View

    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.

  15. Conference Board Economics Watch® - European View

    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.

  16. Conference Board Economics Watch® United States View

    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.

  17. Conference Board Economics Watch® - European View

    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.

  18. Conference Board Economics Watch® United States View

    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.

  19. Conference Board Economics Watch® - European View

    April 2013 | Economics Watch Reports

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

  20. Conference Board Economics Watch® United States View

    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.

  21. Conference Board Economics Watch® United States View

    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.

  22. Conference Board Economics Watch® - European View

    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.

  23. Conference Board Economics Watch® - European View

    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.

  24. Conference Board Economics Watch® United States View

    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.

  25. Conference Board Economics Watch® - European View

    December 2012 | Economics Watch Reports

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

  26. Conference Board Economics Watch® United States View

    December 2012 | Economics Watch Reports

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

  27. Conference Board Economics Watch® - European View

    November 2012 | Economics Watch Reports

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

  28. Conference Board Economics Watch® United States View

    November 2012 | Economics Watch Reports

    Economic growth poised to rebound in the second half of 2013

  29. Conference Board Economics Watch® - European View

    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.

  30. Conference Board Economics Watch® United States View

    October 2012 | Economics Watch Reports

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

  31. Conference Board Economics Watch® - European View

    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.

  32. Conference Board Economics Watch® United States View

    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.

  33. Conference Board Economics Watch® Emerging Markets View

    September 2012 | Economics Watch Reports

    Emerging markets: staying competitive amid slowing growth

  34. Conference Board Economics Watch® - European View

    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.

  35. Conference Board Economics Watch® United States View

    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.

  36. Conference Board Economics Watch® - European View

    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.

  37. Conference Board Economics Watch® United States View

    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.”

  38. Conference Board Economics Watch® - European View

    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.

  39. Conference Board Economics Watch® United States View

    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.

  40. Conference Board Economics Watch® Emerging Markets View

    June 2012 | Economics Watch Reports

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

  41. Conference Board Economics Watch® United States View

    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.

  42. Conference Board Economics Watch® United States View

    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.

  43. Conference Board Economics Watch® - European View

    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.

  44. Conference Board Economics Watch® - European View

    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.

  45. Conference Board Economics Watch® United States View

    March 2012 | Economics Watch Reports

    Cautiously Optimistic Outlook

  46. Conference Board Economics Watch® United States View

    February 2012 | Economics Watch Reports

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

  47. Conference Board Economics Watch® - European View

    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.

  48. Conference Board Economics Watch® - European View

    January 2012 | Economics Watch Reports

    The Euro Area looks to be in a mild recession

  49. Conference Board Economics Watch® United States View

    January 2012 | Economics Watch Reports

    Caution, uncertainty, and volatility underscore 2012

  50. Conference Board Economics Watch® United States View

    December 2011 | Economics Watch Reports

    U.S. steps up while Europe slips

  51. Conference Board Economics Watch® United States View

    November 2011 | Economics Watch Reports

    Economy on firmer footing, but sentiment still sour

  52. Conference Board Economics Watch® United States View

    October 2011 | Economics Watch Reports

    Growth Still Stuck in the Slow Lane

  53. Conference Board Economics Watch® - European View

    October 2011 | Economics Watch Reports

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

  54. Conference Board Economics Watch® United States View

    September 2011 | Economics Watch Reports

    We are all in this together

  55. Conference Board Economics Watch® United States View

    August 2011 | Economics Watch Reports

    Downgrade of U.S. Economic Growth

  56. Conference Board Economics Watch® United States View

    July 2011 | Economics Watch Reports

    Hot temperatures, but cool economy

  57. Conference Board Economics Watch® United States View

    June 2011 | Economics Watch Reports

    Scaling back growth expectations

  58. Conference Board Economics Watch® - European View

    June 2011 | Economics Watch Reports

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

  59. Conference Board Economics Watch® United States View

    April 2011 | Economics Watch Reports

    U.S. economy to resume moderate growth

  60. Conference Board Economics Watch® China View

    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.

  61. Conference Board Economics Watch® United States View

    March 2011 | Economics Watch Reports

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

  62. Conference Board Economics Watch® China View

    February 2011 | Economics Watch Reports

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

  63. Conference Board Economics Watch® United States View

    February 2011 | Economics Watch Reports

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

  64. Conference Board Economics Watch® United States View

    January 2011 | Economics Watch Reports

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

Executive Action Report

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

    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.

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

    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.

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

    June 2014 | Executive Action Report

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

  4. Why CEOs Need to Care about Trust in Business

    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?

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

    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.

  6. How Teleworking Works Best: Organizational Shifts Ahead

    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.

  7. Avoiding the Digital Desert

    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.

  8. Changing Chinese Supply Chain

    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.

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

    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?

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

    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?

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

    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.

  12. Scenario Planning: Opportunities for Mid-Market Firms

    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.

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

    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.

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

    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.

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

    June 2013 | Executive Action Report

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

  16. Best Practices for Developing Change Leadership in Turbulent Times

    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.

  17. Globalization Revisited: Who Will Get the New Wave of Knowledge Process Jobs?

    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.

  18. Shifts in the Supply Chain Equation Provide Opportunities for Mid-Market Companies—and Concerns

    April 2013 | Executive Action Report

    Constantly shifting production and transportation costs mean it’s back to the drawing board for many companies.

  19. Integrating Corporate Wellness Initiatives within Human Capital Strategy

    February 2013 | Executive Action Report

    How can companies successfully work their wellness initiatives into their larger human capital strategy?

  20. Will the Decline in Unit Labor Cost in Europe's Troubled Economies Help Improve Competitiveness?

    January 2013 | Executive Action Report

    Will the blood, sweat, and tears poured into reforming European economies pay off?

  21. Who's Afraid of the Cloud?

    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.

  22. Where Do SWP Leaders Come From?

    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.

  23. Sweat the Small Stuff to Improve Your Business Forecasts

    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.

  24. On the Level: Strategic Workforce Planning from Micro to Macro

    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.

  25. CEO Challenge Reflections: Talent Matters

    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.

  26. CEO Challenge Reflections: Social Media Goes to Work

    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?

  27. Achieving Resilience: Establishing Networks—Before the Crisis Comes

    September 2011 | Executive Action Report

    Having a network in place in advance of a crisis can provide a critical boost to achieving resilience.

  28. Achieving Resilience: Planning for Flexibility during Crisis

    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.

  29. Integrating Developing Countries into the Global Supply Chain

    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.

  30. Engaging Business Leaders in Strategic Workforce Planning: A Guide to Effective Conversations

    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.

  31. Innovation and Intangible Assets Gaining the Competitive Edge in Economic Recovery

    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.

  32. A Strategic Approach to Growing Talent for Succession

    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.

  33. Security and Privacy in Cloud Computing
    The European Regulatory Approach

    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

  34. Risk and Security in Corporate Supply Chain Networks: Moving From Operational to Strategic Concern

    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

  35. Euro Area: Looking Through the Turbulence in Financial Markets

    June 2010 | Executive Action Report

    Despite the overwhelming sense of crisis in the Euro Area, recovery from the global recession is still underway.

  36. Financial Services Offshoring: Moving Toward Fewer Captives and Global Cost Competitiveness

    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

  37. 2010 Productivity Brief: Productivity, Employment, and Growth in the World's Economies

    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.

  38. Shift in U.S. Policy on Climate Change Opens a New Era for Business

    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.

  39. CEO View . . .Managing through the Global Financial Crisis

    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?

  40. Innovate Today, Grow Tomorrow

    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.

  41. Bridging the Logistical Divide: Integration of Poor Countries in Global Supply Chains

    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.

  42. Smart Sourcing: A Boost to Sourcing Value Creation

    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.

  43. Harnessing the Perfect Storm: Business Executives in Mid-Size Companies Are Seizing Green Opportunities

    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.

  44. Company Approaches to Green Products and Services: What's Working and What's Not

    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.

  45. Risk and Opportunity in the Gathering Climate Change Storm

    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.

  46. Is ICT's Contribution to Productivity Growth Peaking?

    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.

  47. Stopping the Profit Drain from Higher Energy Costs

    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.

     

     

  48. Carbon Footprint a Growing Management Concern

    October 2006 | Executive Action Report

    The Conference Board survey finds companies are increasingly focusing on greenhouse gases and their implications for business.

  49. Competitive Advantage of “Low-Wage” Countries Often Exaggerated

    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.

  50. Preparing for the Worst: A Guide to Business Continuity Planning for Mid-Markets

    February 2006 | Executive Action Report

    Why are smaller companies creating disaster survival plans? Because regulators, investors, and customers are demanding they do so.

  51. Keep It Simple: Getting Your Arms Around Enterprise Risk Management

    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.

  52. Consumer-Driven Healthcare: Cost Shift or Paradigm Shift?

    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.

  53. Energy Management Goes Strategic—An Operations-Only Issue No More

    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.

  54. Thinking Offshoring Through

    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?

  55. Sound Fundamentals, Troubling Trends: U.S. Consumers Can’t Carry the Global Economy Indefinitely

    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.

  56. Adding Value in Shared Services . . . Insourcing, Outsourcing, and Offshoring

    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?

  57. Consumers Going Online Before Going on the Road

    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.

  58. Strategic Planning for the Time-challenged

    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.

  59. Consumer Trends...Why People Shop Online

    January 2004 | Executive Action Report

    Online retail appears to be mostly about the price, with nearly half of all online shoppers claiming bargain hunting as their motive.

  60. Get More Mileage From IT Investments

    September 2003 | Executive Action Report

    How to shift from a mindset of simply "installing technology" to one of "creating business payoff," so your company can maximize the value of its IT investments.

  61. Getting the Best of Volatility: Managing Risk and Creating Opportunity

    May 2003 | Executive Action Report

    While there is great risk in these volatile times, there is also great opportunity for those businesses that know what to do.

  62. Managing Supply Chain Risks

    April 2003 | Executive Action Report

    "Just-in-time" supply chain management, while providing the needed speed and visibility to operate in today's complex supply chain environment, also exposes companies to large-scale disruptions, especially in times of conflict.

  63. Productivity and Global Competitiveness... Despite Cyclical Downturn, Structural Trends in Productivity Remain in Place Into 2003

    January 2003 | Executive Action Report

    As the United States began to emerge from recession, labor productivity growth rebounded sharply in 2002. In Europe, however, it was another story—productivity growth slowed substantially.

  64. Europe Vs. The United States: Which Industries are Leading the Productivity Race?

    June 2002 | Executive Action Report

    Good and bad news for Europe, technology as a growth factor, ICT vs. non-ICT sectors, and industry leaders and laggards.

  65. Global Climate Change: Fact or Fiction? It Doesn't Matter--The Issue is Here to Stay

    June 2002 | Executive Action Report

    This report argues that while science is unlikely to provide unequivocal answers to the debate, governments and markets are likely to act on their perception of the science--actions which will have an impact on global business.

Global Debt and Growth Series

  1. Where Did Productivity Go? Can Incentives to Grow the Workforce Be Found?

    October 2013 | Global Debt and Growth Series

    From 1990-2012, Japan’s gross debt/GDP increased from 68 percent to 237 percent. Today, productivity is low and falling, the workforce is shrinking, and deflation and debt-deflation risks loom large.

Human Capital in Review

  1. Conference Board Human Capital in Review™: Focus on Strategic Workforce Planning (Vol. 3, No. 1, 2013)

    May 2013 | Human Capital in Review

    This publication explores hot topics within strategic workforce planning research. This issue includes articles on: the effects of an empathetic mindset, global mobility, and people management in the BRICS nations.

Key Business Issues

  1. StraightTalk® Global Economic Outlook 2015: Are We Asleep at the Wheel?

    November 2014 | Key Business Issues

    While a cautious outlook for the global economy seems justified, does it cause us to leave opportunities on the table for too long?

  2. Global Economic Outlook 2015: Finding Opportunities in a Global Slowdown: GLOBAL OVERVIEW

    November 2014 | Key Business Issues

    In a slow-growth global economy, where are the opportunities? This analysis of the business outlook across seven regions offers clues to firms that are willing to think long term.

  3. Long Soft Fall in Chinese Growth: White Paper

    October 2014 | Key Business Issues

    Presented here with thorough detail and analysis are the trends, dynamics, and factors of the slowdown; China’s productivity crisis; the necessary policy reforms; and near-, medium-, and long-term projections for the MNC operating environment.

  4. Long Soft Fall in Chinese Growth: Business Realities, Risks, and Opportunities

    October 2014 | Key Business Issues

    China's economy growing by leaps and bounds is a thing of the past. How should multinational corporations adjust their investment and market strategies and prepare their organizations for sustaining and driving growth in this time of unprecedented change?

  5. From Not Enough Jobs to Not Enough Workers: CFO Implications

    September 2014 | Key Business Issues

    Baby boomer retirements will cause labor shortages in mature economies, leading to higher wages and lower profits. How can CFOs mitigate these effects? This CFO Implications outlines actions and provides tools to predict shortages.

  6. From Not Enough Jobs to Not Enough Workers: What Retiring Baby Boomers and the Coming Labor Shortage Mean for Your Company

    September 2014 | Key Business Issues

    The retirement of baby boomers will create labor shortages in mature economies worldwide. This report covers implications for companies and actions they can take.

  7. From Not Enough Jobs to Not Enough Workers: STRATEGIC OVERVIEW

    September 2014 | Key Business Issues

    Is your organization at risk of labor shortages? This Strategic Overview covers the potential implications of labor shortages and what every function can do to mitigate there effects.

Key Findings

  1. Strategic Workforce Planning in Global Organizations

    January 2010 | Key Findings

    This report describes how SWP adds value by helping global companies make better business decisions. It details what it takes for companies to advance from a fledgling effort to a more robust version of SWP.

  2. Innovation and US Competitiveness: Reevaluating the Contributors to Growth

    May 2009 | Key Findings

    This report takes stock of the innovation capabilities of the U.S. economy, including hurdles to maintaining the nation's leadership position, and recommends some means and methods of overcoming those obstacles.

KnowlEdge Series Summaries

  1. Shale Gas Boom and Other Uncertainties in U.S. Energy Markets

    December 2013 | KnowlEdge Series Summaries

    Energy supply/demand dynamics have become more complex, markets are more volatile, and key points of energy policy are still undetermined. Companies should use scenario plans under these conditions.

  2. Looking before You Leap: SWP and Offshoring Location Decisions

    April 2013 | KnowlEdge Series Summaries

    HR executives and strategists can contribute to their company’s location strategy.

Periodical

  1. Conference Board Labor Markets in Review™: Vol. 4, 2014

    July 2014 | Periodical

    Economic expansion and the massive retirement of the baby boom generation in many mature economies are tightening labor markets—but the degree of current tightness and how rapidly the labor markets are tightening varies significantly across countries.

Proxy Voting Fact Sheet

  1. Proxy Voting Fact Sheet (July 2014)

    July 2014 | Proxy Voting Fact Sheet

    An analysis of annual shareholder meetings at Russell 3000 companies shows shareholder proposals on the disclosure of corporate political contributions doubled since 2009, signaling continued concern about a lack of transparency.

Research Report

  1. Designing Global Businesses for Innovation and Growth

    August 2014 | Research Report

    Organization design can support innovation within a company. It creates the context for innovative activity and the means for delivering results to customers. But the alignment between organization design structures and innovation strategy can break down.

  2. US Salary Increase Budgets for 2015

    August 2014 | Research Report

    United States salary increase budget projections for 2015 reflect a 3.00 percent median increase, the same as the actual rate of increase in the previous four years dating back to 2011.

  3. Future India Business Leader

    July 2014 | Research Report

    As India-based companies expand, Indian business leaders will need to build deep competency in managing cross-cultural global teams—something participants in the India Leadership 2.0 Project see as lacking at present.

  4. Job Satisfaction: 2014 Edition

    June 2014 | Research Report

    According to the current edition of The Conference Board Job Satisfaction survey, and for the eighth straight year, less than half of US workers are satisfied with their jobs.

  5. Global Economic Growth Scenarios 2020: The Impact of Investments and Reforms across Seven Major Regions

    June 2014 | Research Report

    This report presents analysis of the global economy and seven major world economies—including four scenarios that depend on policy effects—so that leaders can make decisions that foster growth.

  6. Nobody's Perfect: Overcoming the Limitations of External Labor Data to Drive Better Business Decisions

    June 2014 | Research Report

    This report details how to skillfully combine data from a variety of sources to inform HR strategy and business decisions.

  7. Productivity and Digitalisation in Europe: Paving the Road to Faster Growth

    May 2014 | Research Report

    Productivity growth is the key to returning to a sustainable growth path in Europe, according to this policy brief, a joint publication between the Lisbon Council and The Conference Board.

  8. Scenario Planning for Human Resources and Strategic Workforce Planning

    May 2014 | Research Report

    Scenario planning can enhance the value of “basic” strategic workforce planning. Although it can't predict the future, scenario planning can help companies determine strategic options.

  9. Future ASEAN Leader: Leading Growth and Change in a Borderless World

    March 2014 | Research Report

    This groundbreaking report presents insights, concerns, and opinions of participants in the ASEAN Leadership 2.0 Project on what it will take to lead business in the ASEAN region going forward.

  10. Strategic Talent Management: Where We Need to Go

    September 2013 | Research Report

    Systems thinking, a talent for data analysis, and change management skills are two of the critical competencies that talent management leaders need to contribute to and enhance business outcomes.

  11. Addressing National Talent Shortages: What Countries Are Doing, What Companies Can Learn

    September 2013 | Research Report

    Companies can learn a lot about effective strategic workforce planning by looking at the steps India, Canada, and Singapore are taking to shore up their future talent supply needs.

  12. Strategic Leadership Development: Global Trends and Approaches

    June 2013 | Research Report

    The view of current global practices in leadership development and in-depth analysis of different regional leadership development approaches this report provides can help organizations improve their leadership development initiatives.

  13. Five Years of Strategic Workforce Planning Research: What Have We Learned?

    January 2013 | Research Report

    Most companies that have begun implementing strategic workforce planning (SWP) still have a long way to go, five years of research collected on the topic indicates.

  14. Strategic Workforce Planning across National Borders

    July 2012 | Research Report

    Strategic workforce planning can play a valuable role by questioning the unexamined assumptions that business leaders may be making about the availability, quality, cost, and mobility of talent in critical locations.

  15. Incredible Disappearing Office: Making Telework Work

    May 2012 | Research Report

    We offer guidance for executives to start conversations internally about the value of telework and recommendations on how best to implement it.

  16. Linked World: How ICT is Transforming Societies, Cultures and Economies

    October 2011 | Research Report

    This report is based on a two-year global research project with the Telefónica Foundation. It aggregates several studies on how information and communication technology has affected societies, economies, cultural relationships, and human interaction.

  17. Conference Board CEO Challenge® 2011: Mid-Market

    September 2011 | Research Report

    An analysis of the responses to the 2011 CEO Challenge survey from the 114 U.S. firms with revenues of under $1 billion.

  18. Managing Human Capital Risk

    July 2011 | Research Report

    This report presents the results of a survey of 161 companies on the state of their human capital risk assessment and management in answer to five key questions.

  19. Performance 2011: Productivity, Employment, and Growth in the World's Economies

    June 2011 | Research Report

    This report takes a detailed look at the drivers of output growth, comparing the contributions of labor productivity and employment across years and across more than 100 countries.

  20. Taking Offshoring to the Next Level: The 2009 Offshoring Research Network Corporate Client Survey Report

    January 2011 | Research Report

    This report provides an overview of how the practices associated with various forms of outside sourcing have changed over time. For example, it offers evidence of how companies that offshore innovation practices are no longer driven by cost cutting, but b

  21. Strategic Workforce Planning in Global Organizations

    January 2010 | Research Report

    This report describes how SWP adds value by helping global companies make better business decisions. It details what it takes for companies to advance from a fledgling effort to a more robust version of SWP.

  22. Innovation and US Competitiveness: Reevaluating the Contributors to Growth

    May 2009 | Research Report

    This report takes stock of the innovation capabilities of the U.S. economy, including hurdles to maintaining the nation's leadership position, and recommends some means and methods of overcoming those obstacles.

  23. Growing Beyond Oil: Productivity, Performance, and Progress in the Countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council

    June 2008 | Research Report

    Gulf countries must shake their dependence on oil and gas, diversify their economic base, and introduce labor and capital market reforms to ensure long-term prosperity now, before the oil runs out.

  24. CEO Challenge: Perspectives and Analysis — 2007 Edition

    April 2008 | Research Report

    This report offers CEO insights on a wide variety of issues, including seizing opportunities in China and India, current barriers to continuing innovation, and intellectual property issues.

  25. Assessing the Climate for Enterprise Risk Management in India

    April 2008 | Research Report

    As Indian companies go global, enterprise risk management becomes more important to investors and a helpful tool for businesses to use as both a strategic program and a compliance mechanism.

  26. Performance 2008: Productivity, Employment, and Growth in the World's Economies

    March 2008 | Research Report

    Productivity growth in the BRIC countries was four times that of the United States, Europe, and Japan in 2008, but productivity levels in established economies remain much higher—for now.

  27. Reducing US Greenhouse Gas Emissions: How Much at What Cost?

    November 2007 | Research Report

    The costs and benefits of various options to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. are mapped in an effort to support policy design and inform strategy.

  28. CEO Challenge 2007
    Top 10 Challenges

    October 2007 | Research Report

    According to the results of the 2007 CEO Challenge Survey, execution is taking precedence over profit and top-line growth as a focus for CEOs around the world.

  29. Risky Business
    Is Enterprise Risk Management Losing Ground?

    September 2007 | Research Report

    Companies are getting better at enterprise risk management, but they have a long way to go before ERM is embedded fully into corporate culture and becomes a real strategic tool.

  30. Strategic M&A:
    Creating Tools and Capabilities for Successful Integration

    May 2007 | Research Report

    This survey based report examines the procedures companies are currently using to pursue their M&A activities.

  31. Strategic Workforce Planning
    Forecasting Human Capital Needs to Execute Business Strategy

    August 2006 | Research Report

    This report is the culmination of presentations by workforce planning thought leaders and best practice organizations, a literature review, and company interviews of 20 companies, from which nine were chosen for detailed case studies.

  32. CEO Challenge 2006: Top 10 Challenges

    November 2005 | Research Report

    This study, based on responses by over 500 Chief Executive Officers to this year's CEO Challenge 2006 Survey, provides an overview of the "Top 10 Challenges".

  33. From Risk Management To Risk Strategy: Mid-Markets

    October 2005 | Research Report

    This survey based report presents the facts and figures on Mid Market companies increasing utilization of Risk Management Strategies.

  34. Roadmap for Strategic Energy Planning and Management

    July 2005 | Research Report

    Strategic energy management offers substantial potential financial returns as well as benefits ranging from improving operations effectiveness and reducing costs to expanding or establishing markets and improving stakeholder relations.

  35. From Risk Management To Risk Strategy

    June 2005 | Research Report

    This survey based report presents the findings of 271 executives questioned on their current ERM practices.

  36. Mid-Market CEO Challenge

    March 2005 | Research Report

    This report, based on the 2004 CEO Challenge Survey, highlights the most important issues confronting mid-market CEOs.

  37. CEO Challenge 2004: Top Ten Challenges (Executive Summary)

    August 2004 | Research Report

    This study, based on responses by over 500 Chief Executive Officers to this year's CEO Challenge 2004 Survey, provides an overview of the "Top 10 Challenges".

  38. CEO Challenge: Top Marketplace and Management Issues-2002

    October 2002 | Research Report

    Our annual survey of more than 700 global CEOs leads strongly to the conclusion that CEOs and their senior managers are most concerned with the kinds of decisions and actions that are appropriate to a time of turmoil and transparency.

  39. Making the Most of the Information Age: Productivity and Structural Reform in the New Economy

    October 2001 | Research Report

    Using new, internationally comparative evidence, this study examines the patterns of information and communication technology diffusion across advanced industrial economies.

  40. Role of B2B Exchanges and Implications for the Future

    August 2001 | Research Report

    This report provides an overview of B2B exchanges and implications for the future based current activities and projections by participants in the B2B process.

  41. Organizing for Global Competitiveness

    May 2001 | Research Report

    Corporate headquarters (CHQ) has been termed the “leadership engine” of a business. In recent years, however, many corporations have moved toward a management model characterized by decentralization and self-governing entities.

  42. IT Outsourcing Trends

    March 2001 | Research Report

    While nothing prevents companies from bringing outsourced functions back in-house, most companies do not. Despite the difficulties involved, outsourcing provides a better solution over the long term.

  43. Consumer Expectations on the Social Accountability of Business

    September 1999 | Research Report

    This report, based on a survey of 1,000 consumers, is designed to help companies better understand the factors and the perceptions that drive public opinion of the role of business.

  44. Technology, Productivity and Growth: U.S. and German Issues: Perspectives on a Global Economy

    December 1997 | Research Report

    Measured productivity growth has been sluggish since the start of the worldwide technology boom. So, have computers really helped improve productivity?

  45. Organizing for Global Competitiveness

    August 1996 | Research Report

    This overview summarizes four of the most popular reports in The Conference Board's series on global organization design.

StraightTalk®

  1. StraightTalk® Global Economic Outlook 2015: Are We Asleep at the Wheel?

    November 2014 | StraightTalk®

    While a cautious outlook for the global economy seems justified, does it cause us to leave opportunities on the table for too long?

  2. StraightTalk® Special Issue for All Members: Global Economic Outlook 2014

    November 2013 | StraightTalk®

    From The Conference Board Chief Economist Bart van Ark comes in-depth analysis of the global economy and resulting projections for 2014, 2014-2019, and 2019-2025.

  3. StraightTalk®
    Global Economic Outlook 2013: Is the global economic speed limit slowing down?

    November 2012 | StraightTalk®

    From The Conference Board Chief Economist.

  4. StraightTalk® Special Issue for All Members: Global Economic Outlook 2013

    November 2012 | StraightTalk®

    From The Conference Board Chief Economist: Is the global economic speed limit slowing down?

  5. StraightTalk®
    Special Issue for All Members: Global Economic Outlook 2012

    November 2011 | StraightTalk®

    From The Conference Board Chief Economist.

The Conference Board Review

  1. We Are All Chief Risk Officers Now

    April 2014 | The Conference Board Review

    Risk management used to be someone else's job—usually the head of security. But today, practically everyone's job requires managing risk in some form.

  2. Where Will the Jobs Go?

    July 2013 | The Conference Board Review

    Technology may soon make obsolete factory workers, professors, nurses, and Teamsters.

  3. Why Bother Doing Strategy?

    July 2013 | The Conference Board Review

    Despite its flaws, strategy planning is the only way to figure out what to pay attention to—and how to get better.

  4. Link Not Found: Why CEOs still see technology as separate from “the business.”

    October 2012 | The Conference Board Review

    The paradox for chief information officers: You are intimately involved in every fact of the business, yet you are often considered separate and removed from it. An excerpt from Martha Heller's book "The CIO Paradox."

  5. Still Squeezed: Austerity and inequality hold back the global economy

    January 2012 | The Conference Board Review

    Bart van Ark, chief economist of The Conference Board, offers an analysis and forecast of the global economy for 2012.

The Demand Institute

  1. A Tale of 2000 Cities

    February 2014 | The Demand Institute

    A study of how the sharp contrast between successful and struggling communities is reshaping America.

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