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2014

  1. Managing Supply Chain Sustainability and Risk

    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.

    (Director Notes, July 2014)
  2. Conference Board Labor Markets in Review™: Vol. 4, 2014

    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.

    (Periodical, July 2014)
  3. Is This the End of Work? Information Technologies and Labor Market Disruption: A Cross-Atlantic Conversation
    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. (Executive Action Report, July 2014)
  4. What You Need to Know about Performance-Aligned Compensation: Insights from The 2014 Executive Compensation Conference
    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. (Conference KeyNotes, July 2014)
  5. Conference Board Economics Watch® European View
    As the European Central Bank takes action for more support, the European economic outlook remains weak. (Economics Watch Reports, July 2014)
  6. Interim CEO: Reasonable Choice or Failed Selection?

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

    (Director Notes, June 2014)
  7. Job Satisfaction: 2014 Edition
    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. (Research Report, June 2014)
  8. How Can Companies Make the Value of Intangibles More, Well, Tangible?

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

    (Executive Action Report, June 2014)
  9. Knowledge Spillovers, ICT and Productivity Growth

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

    May 2014 - EPWP #14 – 02

    What are the channels through which intangible assets affect productivity?

    (Economics Program Working Paper Series, June 2014)
  10. Global Economic Growth Scenarios 2020: The Impact of Investments and Reforms across Seven Major Regions
    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. (Research Report, June 2014)
  11. Nobody's Perfect: Overcoming the Limitations of External Labor Data to Drive Better Business Decisions

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

    (Research Report, June 2014)
  12. Distracted Directors and Firm Value

    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.

    (Director Notes, June 2014)
  13. Tapping Hidden Talent Pools: Recruiting, Developing, and Retaining Veterans and People with Disabilities
    This report provides in-depth explanation and interpretation of the changes in these regulations to provide businesses with the tools to employ veterans and people with disabilities in this new paradigm. (Research Report, June 2014)
  14. Conference Board Economics Watch® European View

    An acceleration of growth seems unlikely in Europe.

    (Economics Watch Reports, June 2014)
  15. Proxy Voting Fact Sheet (May 2014)

    Efforts to improve communication with investors following say-on-pay appear to have paid off. The volume of shareholder proposals declined significantly for meetings held during the first four months of 2014.

    (Proxy Voting Fact Sheet, May 2014)
  16. Building the Foundation of an Innovative Culture: Human Capital's Role in Making It Happen
    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. (Executive Action Report, May 2014)
  17. Activism of Carl Icahn and Bill Ackman
    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. (Director Notes, May 2014)
  18. Productivity and Digitalisation in Europe: Paving the Road to Faster Growth
    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. (Research Report, May 2014)
  19. Leveraging the Impact of Coaching on Business-Driven Talent Management Practices: Insights from The 2014 Executive Coaching Conference
    Executive coaching is due for an upgrade—from a focus on metrics to a focus on interpersonal communication and the resulting employee engagement. (Conference KeyNotes, May 2014)
  20. Scenario Planning for Human Resources and Strategic Workforce Planning

    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.

    (Research Report, May 2014)
  21. Conference Board Human Capital in Review™: Focus on Strategic Workforce Planning (Vol. 4, No. 1, 2014)
    This publication explores hot topics within strategic workforce planning research and includes articles on current trends in using human capital analytics in SWP and M&A and the “datafication of HR.” (Human Capital in Review, May 2014)
  22. A Slow Transition: Economist Bart van Ark sees global growth picking up speed—just not as fast as anyone wants.

    In a Q&A, Bart van Ark, chief economist of The Conference Board, discusses and expands on his 2014 global economic forecast.

    (The Conference Board Review, April 2014)
  23. Beyond Buzz: Mining the Future of PR

    Too much of public relations is based on gut feelings or past practice. The challenge is to use data—not on the back end of a program in counting clips or measuring outcomes but, rather, on the front end in the development of strategies.

    (The Conference Board Review, April 2014)
  24. Performance Anxiety: Your people are insecure—what are you going to do about it?

    Workers feel terribly insecure these days, but it's not about whether they'll be fired—it's about whether they're capable of performing their jobs adequately. Here's how managers can help fix the problem.

    (The Conference Board Review, April 2014)
  25. Surprise! Chinese Consumers Are Not Americans: Savio Chan takes a close look at buying behaviors in the Far East

    In a Q&A, Savio Chan of US China Partners shares his insights on how American businesses can better connect with Chinese consumers.

    (The Conference Board Review, April 2014)
  26. Conference Board Economics Watch® European View

    Headwinds Are Affecting Growth Expectations for Europe

    (Economics Watch Reports, April 2014)
  27. They Can Handle the Truth: In uncertain times, how to handle your employees' insecurity.

    Amid uncertainty and sinking morale, the most effective way to rid an organization of fear of the unknown is simple: tell people the truth.

    (The Conference Board Review, April 2014)
  28. Treat Your Employees Like Consumers: They don't all want the same things.

    With corporate workforce increasingly global and diverse, HR departments are recognizing the ineffectiveness of dealing with every employee in exactly the same way.

    (The Conference Board Review, April 2014)
  29. Unlock Talent Potential to Drive Business Success: Insights from The 2014 Talent Management Strategies Conference
    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. (Conference KeyNotes, April 2014)
  30. We Are All Chief Risk Officers Now

    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.

    (The Conference Board Review, April 2014)
  31. Where's the Good Pizza Here? That and other, more serious, concerns your company must address when relocating people.

    If you manage employees who are considering a domestic move, be prepared to think about the concept of domestic culture shock.

    (The Conference Board Review, April 2014)
  32. Who's Holding You Accountable? Christine Bader wants to fill companies with corporate idealists.

    A Q&A with "corporate idealist" Christine Bader, who spent nine years at BP and now seeks to aid those who want to help corporations both do good and do well.

    (The Conference Board Review, April 2014)
  33. You Can Go Your Own Way: There are as many ways to get work done as there are workers.

    Companies know they cannot cling forever to an industrial-age employment model. But many modernization efforts are hampered by viewing new work practices through a single lens.

    (The Conference Board Review, April 2014)
  34. How Do Financial Markets Respond to Corporate Sustainability Disclosure?

    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.

    (Director Notes, April 2014)
  35. Why CEOs Need to Care about Trust in Business

    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?

    (Executive Action Report, April 2014)
  36. International Indexes of Consumer Prices 2013
    Based on price indexes compiled by The Conference Board International Labor Comparisons program, average annual inflation in 2013 slowed in 13 of the 16 economies compared. (Research Report, April 2014)
  37. CEO Succession Practices: 2014 Edition
    The rate of CEO succession in calendar year 2013 was 8.4 percent, down from 10.9 percent in 2012 and below the average succession rate of 10.8 percent for the period 2000–2013. (Research Report, April 2014)
  38. CEO Challenges in the Gulf Region
    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. (CEO Challenge®, April 2014)
  39. Conference Board Economics Watch® European View

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

    (Economics Watch Reports, March 2014)
  40. Connect, Converse, Create: How Companies Can Generate Value through Internal Social Collaboration
    This report explores why internal social collaboration (ISC) is necessary in the modern workplace, and examines how organizations can increase its adoption and engineer ISC for success. (Research Report, March 2014)
  41. Conference Board Human Capital in Review™: Focus on Diversity & Inclusion
    (Vol. 4, No. 1, 2014)

    This publication explores hot topics within diversity and inclusion research. This issue includes articles on demographic diversity in the workplace and the benefits of diversity for innovation and team dynamics. (Human Capital in Review, March 2014)
  42. Board’s Role in Cybersecurity

    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.

    (Director Notes, March 2014)
  43. Charting International Labor Comparisons
    Compare national labor markets and international competitiveness through charts and accompanying insights. Charts highlight labor costs, labor productivity, and other comparable indicators for up to 38 countries, including emerging economies. (Research Report, March 2014)
  44. Strategies That Transform the Organization: Insights from The 2013 Senior Corporate Communication Management Conference

    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.

    (Conference KeyNotes, March 2014)
  45. Guidelines for Engagement

    Direct engagement between companies and their investors is in early stages, but is likely to become a permanent, although less formal, part of governance of US public companies.

    (Research Report, March 2014)
  46. Recommendations of the Task Force on Corporate/Investor Engagement

    The task force examined the facts, the issues, and the policy implications of the current state of US corporate governance and here offers their recommendations.

    (Research Report, March 2014)
  47. Conference Board Governance Center White Paper

    Collaboration between boards of directors, management, and shareholders is fundamental to identifying the corporate governance policies and practices that will best produce economic growth while reducing financial and legal risk.

    (Research Report, March 2014)
  48. How Well Do Corporate Directors Know Senior Management?

    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.

    (Director Notes, March 2014)
  49. Conference Board Human Capital in Review™: Focus on Employee Engagement (Vol. 3, No. 1, 2014)
    This publication explores hot topics within employee engagement research by providing actionable summaries of contemporary literature. (Human Capital in Review, March 2014)
  50. Closing the Digital Entrepreneurship Gap in Europe: Enabling Businesses to Spur Growth

    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.

    (Executive Action Report, March 2014)
  51. Conference Board Economics Watch® European View

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

    (Economics Watch Reports, February 2014)
  52. A Tale of 2000 Cities

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

    (The Demand Institute, February 2014)
  53. Developing an Effective Climate Change Strategy

    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.

    (Director Notes, February 2014)
  54. Impact of Board Dynamics on Shareholder Value Creation

    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.

    (Director Notes, February 2014)
  55. How Teleworking Works Best: Organizational Shifts Ahead
    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. (Executive Action Report, February 2014)
  56. Conference Board Economics Watch® European View

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

    (Economics Watch Reports, February 2014)
  57. Conference Board CEO Challenge® 2014: People and Performance

    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.

    (Executive Summary, February 2014)
  58. Conference Board Human Capital in Review™: Focus on Talent Management (Vol. 4, No. 1, 2014)
    This publication explores hot topics within talent management research and includes summaries on human capital trends, learning and development, talent acquisition, leadership development, performance management, coaching, and corporate universities. (Human Capital in Review, February 2014)
  59. Conference Board Human Capital in Review™: Focus on Human Capital Analytics (Vol. 4, No. 1, 2014)
    In order to respond to workforce changes, HR professionals must not only embrace the use of data but take the lead in embedding a workforce analytics approach in their organization. (Human Capital in Review, January 2014)
  60. Sustainability Matters 2014: How Sustainability Can Enhance Corporate Reputation

    Brand recognition and reputation are among the most valuable intangible assets of any company. In turn, sustainability initiatives have the potential to significantly impact corporate brand and reputation.

    (Research Report, January 2014)
  61. Conference Board CEO Challenge® 2014: People and Performance
    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. (CEO Challenge®, January 2014)
  62. Risk Oversight: Evolving Expectations for Boards

    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.

    (Director Notes, January 2014)

2013

  1. Conference Board Economics Watch® European View

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

    (Economics Watch Reports, December 2013)
  2. Conference Board Labor Markets in Review™: Vol. 3, No. 1, 2013
    Globally the economy has not returned to pre-recession growth levels. This report analyzes the effects of the different stages of recovery on labor market conditions, with a particular focus on the United States and Europe. (Periodical, December 2013)
  3. Developing Leaders: Voices from India
    Leadership development is more critical than ever—and some companies have cracked the code. Learn what top companies in India are doing now to prepare tomorrow’s leaders. (Research Report, December 2013)
  4. Board Accountability in the Current Governance Landscape

    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.

    (Director Notes, December 2013)
  5. Investments in Intellectual Property: New Footprints in Macroeconomic Data

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

    (Executive Action Report, December 2013)
  6. Link between Human Capital and Sustainability
    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. (Executive Action Report, December 2013)
  7. Reframing the Issue: New Ways to Think about Cyber Risk and Security

    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.

    (Council Perspectives, December 2013)
  8. Conference Board Human Capital in Review™: Focus on Health Care (Vol. 1, No. 1, 2013)
    How will the new health care laws affect individual companies? The sea change underway presents implementation and retention challenges for businesses within and outside the health care sector. (Human Capital in Review, November 2013)
  9. Avoiding the Digital Desert
    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. (Executive Action Report, November 2013)
  10. Fairness Opinions in the Sale of a Company: Context Is Key
    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. (Director Notes, November 2013)
  11. Brands as Productive Assets: Concepts, Measurement, and Global Trends

    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.

    (Economics Program Working Paper Series, November 2013)
  12. StraightTalk® Special Issue for All Members: Global Economic Outlook 2014

    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.

    (StraightTalk®, November 2013)
  13. Conference Board Human Capital in Review™: Focus on Diversity and Inclusion (Vol. 3, No. 3, 2013)
    There continues to be a strong interest in both the organizational barriers that hinder women’s leadership development and strategies to effectively reduce the impact of those barriers. (Human Capital in Review, November 2013)
  14. China Center Data Flash: No surprises in Q3 data – not a “rebound”

    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.

    (China Center Publications, October 2013)
  15. Conference Board CEO Challenge® 2013: Human Capital Practitioners Respond
    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? (Executive Action Report, October 2013)
  16. Conference Board Human Capital in Review™: Focus on Strategic Workforce Planning (Vol. 3, No. 2, 2013)
    This publication explores hot topics within strategic workforce planning research. This issue includes articles on: the reduction of offshoring, incorporating a contingent workforce into the strategic plan, and organization acceleration. (Human Capital in Review, October 2013)
  17. Conference Board Economics Watch® European View
    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. (Economics Watch Reports, October 2013)
  18. Link Between Brand Value and Sustainability

    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.

    (Director Notes, October 2013)
  19. How Much Does Your Company Really Invest in Innovation?

    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?

    (Executive Action Report, October 2013)
  20. Brave New World: Recruiting Talent in the Digital Age
    To be effective, online talent acquisition needs to be aligned with and integrated into your company's overall brand and social marketing objectives and practices. (Research Report, October 2013)
  21. Making the Switch: Are skills really transferable between jobs within an organization?

    A successful job-rotation program needs to be constructed so the assignment is a stretch and brings value, but not so much of a stretch that you lose a good employee.

    (The Conference Board Review, October 2013)
  22. Marketing Without Marketing: Consumers are harder than ever to reach, but don't make it obvious that you're trying harder than ever to reach them.
    Brand journalism is one way smart marketers rise above the clutter of internet advertising. As a marketer, the key is to figure out where people's interests and your competencies overlap. (The Conference Board Review, October 2013)
  23. There's Still a Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid: Paul Polak explains why your survival may depend on whether you pick it up
    Paul Polak has spent the last three decades working to ameliorate poverty, and he's convinced that what works is not charity or government efforts but market-based development. (The Conference Board Review, October 2013)
  24. When Innovation Isn't: By pursuing breakthroughs less indiscriminately, we may just get more of them.

    The first step to bridging the innovation gap is to cease labeling every new initiative as "innovation."

    (The Conference Board Review, October 2013)
  25. Where Did Productivity Go? Can Incentives to Grow the Workforce Be Found?

    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.

    (Global Debt and Growth Series, October 2013)
  26. Who's in Charge Here? Bossless organizations can teach you how to be a better boss.

    Bossless companies, with minimal internal management structure, have a great deal to teach managers in conventional organizations.

    (The Conference Board Review, October 2013)
  27. Why Your Customers Don't Want to Talk to You

    Many customers prefer doing business online, so why do companies insist on making them pick up the phone to complete their transaction or answer their question?

    (The Conference Board Review, October 2013)
  28. How Teleworking Works Best: A Practical Guide for Managing Teleworkers
    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. (Executive Action Report, October 2013)
  29. Sharing Safety and Regulatory Information along the Value Chain
    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. (Council Perspectives, October 2013)
  30. Local Content Requirements and Strategic Workforce Planning

    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.

    (Executive Action Report, October 2013)
  31. How Teleworking Works Best: The Business Case

    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.

    (Executive Action Report, October 2013)
  32. Global Trends in Board-Shareholder Engagement

    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.

    (Director Notes, October 2013)
  33. Conference Board Human Capital in Review™: Focus on Employee Engagement (Vol. 2, No. 3, 2013)
    This publication explores hot topics within employee engagement research. This issue includes articles on the effect of recessions on productivity and strategies for gaining stakeholder buy-in. (Human Capital in Review, October 2013)
  34. Conference Board Economics Watch® - European View
    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. (Economics Watch Reports, September 2013)
  35. Conference Board Human Capital in Review™: Focus on Talent Management (Vol. 3, No. 3, 2013)
    This publication explores hot topics within talent management research. This issue includes articles on: engaging with marketing in recruitment, effects of company reputation, and accelerating leadership development. (Human Capital in Review, September 2013)
  36. Darkening Debt Picture Casts a Shadow over Germany's Stellar Growth Performance
    The German government’s current fiscal consolidation path seems appropriate, even though rising health costs will place upward pressure on expenditures while a shrinking labor force will diminish Germany’s tax base. (Global Debt and Growth Series, September 2013)
  37. Options for a Sustainable Long-Term Growth Path in Spain

    Spain’s accumulation of debt since 2008 is the product of a severe recession and having to bail out private banks, not precrisis fiscal mismanagement.

    (Global Debt and Growth Series, September 2013)
  38. Addressing National Talent Shortages: What Countries Are Doing, What Companies Can Learn

    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.

    (Research Report, September 2013)
  39. Driving Real Value with CSR

    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.

    (Director Notes, September 2013)
  40. What Is Human Rights Risk? Should My Company Be Concerned about It?
    Explore what human rights risk is, why companies should care, and how they can incorporate human rights due diligence into their business processes. (Executive Action Report, September 2013)
  41. DNA of Leaders: Leadership Development Secrets

    We define the common characteristics of successful leadership development and 23 values that are part of the DNA of leadership development at the “best companies for leadership.”

    (Research Report, August 2013)
  42. Conference Board Economics Watch® - European View
    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. (Economics Watch Reports, August 2013)
  43. 2013 Extending Your Brand to Employees Conference KeyNotes Report
    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. (Conference KeyNotes, August 2013)
  44. Introducing the Global Debt and Growth Series

    This time (truly) is different: the current crisis, which has its roots in the asset bubble/housing crisis in the United States, has pervaded virtually every corner of the global economy.

    (Global Debt and Growth Series, August 2013)
  45. Generating Value for Investors and Society

    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.

    (Director Notes, August 2013)
  46. Conference Board Economics Watch® - European View
    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. (Economics Watch Reports, July 2013)
  47. Sustainability from the Inside Out
    Leaders in the field share insights for focusing sustainability efforts with key performance indicators, building the function within an organization, and expressing the value of sustainability in business terms. (KnowlEdge Series Summaries, July 2013)
  48. Underpinnings of Corporate Governance Approaches and the Shareholder Value Model

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

    (Director Notes, July 2013)
  49. Conference Board Human Capital in Review™: Focus on Employee Engagement (Vol. 2, No. 2, 2013)
    This publication explores hot topics within employee engagement research. This issue includes articles on: organizational citizenship behavior, remote employees, and the misuse of complaints. (Human Capital in Review, July 2013)
  50. 2013 Summit on Sustainability Conference KeyNotes Report
    Many firms no longer see a contradiction between doing good and making a profit, and are incorporating sustainability into their operations and business models. (Conference KeyNotes, July 2013)
  51. Performance Mismanagement
    To get results, organizations should consider not measuring people by them. (The Conference Board Review, July 2013)
  52. Where Will the Jobs Go?
    Technology may soon make obsolete factory workers, professors, nurses, and Teamsters. (The Conference Board Review, July 2013)
  53. Why Bother Doing Strategy?
    Despite its flaws, strategy planning is the only way to figure out what to pay attention to—and how to get better. (The Conference Board Review, July 2013)
  54. Workspace: "She's a girl, but she has brains"
    Columnist Alison Maitland argues that diversity is only as effective as the way we talk about it. (The Conference Board Review, July 2013)
  55. Sustainability Practices: 2013 Edition

    In 2012, in terms of relative environmental footprint, the sector with the smallest footprint was the financials sector; the sectors with the largest environmental footprints were materials, utilities, and energy.

    (Research Report, July 2013)
  56. Conference Board CEO Challenge® 2013: Countering the Global Slowdown

    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.

    (CEO Challenge®, July 2013)
  57. Conference Board Economics Watch® - European View
    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. (Economics Watch Reports, June 2013)
  58. Get Connected: How Social Collaboration Can Help Companies Navigate a Complex Business Landscape

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

    (Executive Action Report, June 2013)
  59. Performance Management 3.0

    Many organizations are dissatisfied with traditional performance reviews. The ideal performance management (PM) approach—PM 3.0—recognizes the need for more integration of the process into the overall business strategy.

    (Research Report, June 2013)
  60. Conference Board Human Capital in Review:™ Focus on Human Capital Analytics (Vol. 3 No. 1, 2013)
    This publication explores hot topics within human capital analytics research. This issue includes articles on: creating data environments, new technology, and new ways of collecting and organizing data. (Human Capital in Review, June 2013)
  61. Conference Board Human Capital in Review™: Focus on Talent Management (Vol. 3, No. 2, 2013)
    This publication explores hot topics within talent management research. This issue includes articles on: the global challenge of human capital, internal versus external talent, and teams of star performers. (Human Capital in Review, June 2013)
  62. New Career Models That Can Support Your Diversity and Inclusion Program
    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. (Council Perspectives, June 2013)
  63. Strategic Leadership Development: Global Trends and Approaches

    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.

    (Research Report, June 2013)
  64. Fast Track: Accelerating the Leadership Development of High Potentials in Asia

    A combination of demographics, education, and hyperinvestment means companies across Asia struggle to fill their management ranks. The report explores leadership characteristics, development approaches, and elements for overcoming the struggle.

    (Research Report, June 2013)
  65. Understanding Business Cycles: The Indicators Approach to Forecasting for Agility

    Anticipating economic changes can enable companies to respond with agility in a dynamic business environment. This collection offers insight into how the indicator approach demystifies shifts in the business cycle.

    (Research Report, June 2013)
  66. Conference Board Economics Watch® - European View
    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. (Economics Watch Reports, June 2013)
  67. Best Practices for Developing Change Leadership in Turbulent Times

    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.

    (Executive Action Report, May 2013)
  68. Conference Board Human Capital in Review™: Focus on Strategic Workforce Planning (Vol. 3, No. 1, 2013)
    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. (Human Capital in Review, May 2013)
  69. Recent Changes in Europe’s Competitive Landscape and Medium-Term Perspectives: How the Sources of Demand and Supply Are Shaping Up
    by Bart van Ark, Vivian Chen, Bert Colijn, Kirsten Jaeger, Wim Overmeer, and Marcel Timmer
    March 2013 - EPWP #13 – 05 (Economics Program Working Paper Series, May 2013)
  70. Conference Board Economics Watch® - European View
    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. (Economics Watch Reports, May 2013)
  71. CEO Succession Practices: 2013 Edition

    The rate of CEO succession in 2012 was 10.9 percent, consistent with the average number of leave-takings since 2000. In 2012, 53 CEOs in the S&P 500 left their posts.

    (Research Report, April 2013)
  72. Conference Board Human Capital in Review™: Focus on Employee Engagement (Vol. 2, No. 1, 2013)
    This publication explores hot topics within employee engagement research. This issue includes articles on: incorrect survey practices, engagement of the younger workforce, and alternative approaches to improving engagement scores. (Human Capital in Review, April 2013)
  73. Globalization Revisited: Who Will Get the New Wave of Knowledge Process Jobs?

    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.

    (Executive Action Report, April 2013)
  74. Conference Board Human Capital in Review™: Focus on Diversity & Inclusion (Vol. 3, No. 1, 2013)
    This publication explores hot topics within diversity and inclusion research. This issue includes articles on: perspective taking, cultural competency training, and Europe’s plans for its aging work population. (Human Capital in Review, April 2013)
  75. Who's Winning the Hunger Games? Q&A with Michael Moss
    In a Q&A based on his book "Salt Sugar Fat," Michael Moss explains how Nabisco, Kraft, and General Mills got us to crave all the wrong things. (The Conference Board Review, April 2013)
  76. Workspace: Face-to-Face Fallacies
    Columnist Alison Maitland looks critically at workplace strategies of Google and Yahoo!, calling them "retrograde attitudes from Internet giants." (The Conference Board Review, April 2013)
  77. Communicating Sustainability Leadership The Difficulty of Achieving Differentiation

    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.

    (Director Notes, April 2013)
  78. Shifts in the Supply Chain Equation Provide Opportunities for Mid-Market Companies—and Concerns

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

    (Executive Action Report, April 2013)
  79. Conference Board Economics Watch® - European View
    High youth unemployment and long-term demographic trends are both blocking a recovery in Euro Area household consumption. (Economics Watch Reports, April 2013)
  80. Corporate Philanthropy with a Global Footprint

    The context of global giving is changing. Investment, not philanthropy, is the preferred terminology and approach internationally, as this snapshot of the state of global corporate philanthropy illustrates.

    (Research Report, March 2013)
  81. Conference Board Economics Watch® - European View
    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. (Economics Watch Reports, February 2013)
  82. Going Public on HR Data Privacy: Implications for Human Capital Analytics and Strategic Workforce Planning

    Many HR organizations are skittish about collecting certain types of employee data, especially when they plan to integrate it across national borders.

    (Executive Action Report, February 2013)
  83. Preparing for a Succession Emergency

    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.

    (Director Notes, February 2013)
  84. Conference Board Economics Watch® - European View
    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. (Economics Watch Reports, January 2013)
  85. Will the Decline in Unit Labor Cost in Europe's Troubled Economies Help Improve Competitiveness?

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

    (Executive Action Report, January 2013)
  86. Bar Is Rising on Sustainability Leadership

    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.

    (Director Notes, January 2013)
  87. A Rebuilding Year: In a slow-growth 2013, companies need to prepare for a new future.
    In TCB Review's annual Q&A with chief economist Bart van Ark, he elaborates on his generally downbeat 2013 global economic forecast. (The Conference Board Review, January 2013)
  88. Design-Centered Innovation: Observe, Learn, Innovate
    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. (Council Perspectives, January 2013)
  89. Part-Time Executive
    Many top executives, particularly in Europe, are working less and accomplishing more. (The Conference Board Review, January 2013)
  90. Will Your People Be Ready? Top executives reveal how they are addressing today's meteoric pace of change.
    Two dozen top executives discuss how they're managing their people to deal with the increasing rate of change. (The Conference Board Review, January 2013)
  91. Conference Board CEO Challenge® 2013 Summary Report: Countering the Global Slowdown

    Respondents to the latest edition of the annual survey of business leaders by The Conference Board indicate a focus on internal challenges.

    (Executive Summary, January 2013)
  92. Achieving a Successful Annual Meeting

    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.

    (Director Notes, January 2013)

2012

  1. Conference Board Economics Watch® - European View
    Progress on financial integration does not result in improved outlook for Euro Area (Economics Watch Reports, December 2012)
  2. Employee Engagement: What Works Now?

    Even when organizations commit to achieving a high level of employee engagement, the goal can be elusive. This report examines current engagement practices to discover how companies find success.

    (Research Report, December 2012)
  3. Conference Board Labor Markets in Review™: Vol. 2, No. 3, 2012
    This periodical publication offers an expert perspective on the implications of current economic conditions on the labor market, with specific focus on the United States, Europe, and emerging markets. (Periodical, December 2012)
  4. Intangible Capital and Growth in Advanced Economies: Measurement Methods and Comparative Results
    by Carol Corrado, Jonathan Haskel, Cecilia Jona-Lasinio and Massimiliano Iommi
    December 2012 - EPWP #12 – 03 (Economics Program Working Paper Series, December 2012)
  5. Conference Board Human Capital in Review™: Focus on Diversity & Inclusion (Vol. 2, No. 4, 2012)
    This publication is designed for the busy human capital executive who values selected and thoughtfully summarized article reviews of what is happening in the area of diversity and inclusion. (Human Capital in Review, December 2012)
  6. Board Oversight of Management’s Risk Appetite and Tolerance
    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. (Director Notes, December 2012)
  7. Conference Board Human Capital in Review™: Focus on Strategic Workforce Planning (Vol. 2, No. 4, 2012)
    This publication is designed for the busy human capital executive who values selected and thoughtfully summarized article reviews of what is happening in the area of strategic workforce planning. (Human Capital in Review, December 2012)
  8. Conference Board Economics Watch® - European View
    Policies implemented to control the financial crisis are partially succeeding, but have not yet improved confidence or growth prospects (Economics Watch Reports, November 2012)
  9. Reading the Tea Leaves: The Impact of China's Twelfth Five-Year Plan on Human Capital Challenges

    This report highlights the human capital aspects of the plan that will have the greatest impact on business. Our analysis suggests current labor projections need to be interpreted with caution.

    (Research Report, November 2012)
  10. On the Record with Nick Konidaris
    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). (Executive Action Report, November 2012)
  11. Charting a Path to Sustainability Leadership
    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. (Director Notes, November 2012)
  12. Projecting Global Growth
    by Vivian Chen, Ben Cheng, Gad Levanon, Ataman Ozyildirim and Bart van Ark
    November 2012 - EPWP #12 – 02 (Economics Program Working Paper Series, November 2012)
  13. StraightTalk®
    Global Economic Outlook 2013: Is the global economic speed limit slowing down?

    From The Conference Board Chief Economist. (StraightTalk®, November 2012)
  14. StraightTalk® Special Issue for All Members: Global Economic Outlook 2013
    From The Conference Board Chief Economist: Is the global economic speed limit slowing down? (StraightTalk®, November 2012)
  15. Conference Board Economics Watch® - European View
    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. (Economics Watch Reports, November 2012)
  16. Men Not at Work: Q&A with Hanna Rosin
    The modern economy is better suited to women, says Hanna Rosin, and men have so far been unable or unwilling to adjust. (The Conference Board Review, October 2012)
  17. Marketing Monster: When executives begin to believe their own hype.
    BP offers a cautionary tale about how a company can fall victim to its own deceptive empowerment marketing strategy. An excerpt from Jonah Sachs' book "Winning the Story Wars." (The Conference Board Review, October 2012)
  18. Conference Board Economics Watch® - European View
    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. (Economics Watch Reports, September 2012)
  19. Defining Pay in Pay for Performance
    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. (Director Notes, September 2012)
  20. Talent Management Tomorrow: Seeing Around the Corner to Meet Strategic Business Needs
    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. (Council Perspectives, September 2012)
  21. Conference Board Human Capital in Review™: Focus on Strategic Workforce Planning (Vol. 2, No. 3, 2012)
    This publication is designed for the busy human capital executive who values selected and thoughtfully summarized article reviews of what is happening in the area of strategic workforce planning. (Human Capital in Review, September 2012)
  22. CEO Challenge Reflections: Human Capital Practitioners Respond
    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. (Executive Action Report, September 2012)
  23. Conference Board Economics Watch® - European View
    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. (Economics Watch Reports, August 2012)
  24. Conference Board Human Capital in Review™: Focus on Talent Management (Vol. 2, No. 2, 2012)
    This publication is designed for the busy human capital executive who values selected and thoughtfully summarized article reviews of what is happening in the area of talent management. (Human Capital in Review, August 2012)
  25. Conference Board Economics Watch® - European View
    Measures taken at June 28-29 EU Summit represent steps in the right direction, but have so far failed to restore confidence. (Economics Watch Reports, July 2012)
  26. Strategic Risk Management: A Primer for Directors
    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. (Director Notes, July 2012)
  27. LGBT in the Workplace and Marketplace
    The LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) population is no longer merely included in corporate strategy, but is a focus of that strategy, as companies try to attract both LGBT talent and market share. (KnowlEdge Series Summaries, July 2012)
  28. Conference Board® Labor Markets in Review™: Vol. 2, No. 2
    This issue includes an overview of the main economic and labor market conditions in the United States, Europe, and Asia, as well as several special topics. (Periodical, July 2012)
  29. Stakeholder Dialogue in Germany, Italy, and the United States
    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. (Director Notes, July 2012)
  30. Disconnect: The company you think you're running is not the company for which your people work.
    CEOs rarely know much about how work actually gets done below the C-suite level. (The Conference Board Review, July 2012)
  31. Do Your Customers Trust You?
    Q&A with Don Peppers and Martha Rogers, authors of "Extreme Trust: Honesty as a Competitive Advantage." (The Conference Board Review, July 2012)
  32. HR: You're Doing It Wrong: Jones vs. Anastasijevic
    Columnist Laurie Ruettimann explains how people with difficult last names have a harder time getting hired and promoted. (The Conference Board Review, July 2012)
  33. Workspace: The Five Types of Trust
    Columnist Alison Maitland explains how senior leaders can build credibility within and without organizations. (The Conference Board Review, July 2012)
  34. Conference Board Economics Watch® - European View
    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. (Economics Watch Reports, June 2012)
  35. Conference Board Human Capital in Review™: Focus on Talent Management (Vol. 2, No. 1, 2012)
    This publication is designed for the busy human capital executive who values selected and thoughtfully summarized article reviews of what is happening in the area of talent management. (Human Capital in Review, June 2012)
  36. Strengthening the Weakest Link: Building Resilient Global Supply Chains
    Although the benefits of global supply chains have been significant, they have also made companies more vulnerable to disruptions. (Executive Action Report, June 2012)
  37. Water Worries: How Incorporating Long-Term Risk into Strategic Planning Pays Off
    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. (Council Perspectives, June 2012)
  38. Answering The Conference Board CEO Challenge® 2012: Innovation Leads, Uncertainty Lingers
    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? (Council Perspectives, May 2012)
  39. Incredible Disappearing Office: Making Telework Work

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

    (Research Report, May 2012)
  40. Conference Board Human Capital in Review:™ Focus on Human Capital Analytics (Vol. 2 No. 1, 2012)
    This issue looks at capabilities required for a successful analytics practice at the organization level as well as the specific skills and competencies required at the individual level. (Human Capital in Review, May 2012)
  41. Who's Afraid of the Cloud?
    This report spells out the benefits and pitfalls for midsize businesses of migrating data and IT operations to the cloud. (Executive Action Report, May 2012)
  42. Global Supply Chain Labor Standards
    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. (Director Notes, May 2012)
  43. Conference Board Economics Watch® - European View
    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. (Economics Watch Reports, April 2012)
  44. Flattened
    We ask too much of middle managers; they deserve acknowledgment, respect, and relief. (The Conference Board Review, April 2012)
  45. Conference Board Economics Watch® - European View
    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. (Economics Watch Reports, March 2012)
  46. Conference Board CEO Challenge® 2012: Risky Business—Focusing on Innovation and Talent in a Volatile World

    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.

    (CEO Challenge®, March 2012)
  47. Conference Board Human Capital in Review™: Focus on Employee Engagement (Vol. 1, No. 1, 2012)
    The Human Capital in Review series is designed for the busy human capital executive who values filtered and thoughtfully summarized highlights of significant ideas, topics, research, and trends in employee engagement. (Human Capital in Review, February 2012)
  48. Executive Remuneration across Europe: A Handbook of Design, Disclosure, and Enforcement Rules
    This comprehensive Handbook offers a detailed analysis of regulations in Europe regarding remuneration packages, and a comparison across national systems. (Book, February 2012)
  49. Conference Board Economics Watch® - European View
    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. (Economics Watch Reports, February 2012)
  50. Issues in Intangibles, Vol. 1, No. 1
    This first release in a new series from The Conference Board focuses on intangible assets—why they matter, how they are measured, and their importance to both national economies and individual firms. (Periodical, February 2012)
  51. A Perfect Storm: Europe’s Looming Pension Crisis
    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. (Executive Action Report, January 2012)
  52. Conference Board Economics Watch® - European View
    The Euro Area looks to be in a mild recession (Economics Watch Reports, January 2012)
  53. Conference Board® Labor Markets in Review™: Vol. 2, No. 1
    This periodical publication offers an expert perspective on the implications of current economic conditions on the labor market, with specific focus on the United States, Europe, and emerging markets. (Periodical, January 2012)

2011

  1. Constructing a Data Set on Labour Composition Change
    by Boele Bonthuis
    December 2011 - EPWP #11 – 04 (Economics Program Working Paper Series, December 2011)
  2. On the Level: Strategic Workforce Planning from Micro to Macro
    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. (Executive Action Report, December 2011)
  3. Europe’s Great Labor Market Divide
    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. (Executive Action Report, December 2011)
  4. Role of the Board in Accelerating the Adoption of Integrated Reporting
    This report examines the concept of integrated reporting and its current state of adoption around the globe. (Director Notes, November 2011)
  5. Board Evaluation Process in the UK and Selected Continental European Countries
    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. (Council Perspectives, November 2011)
  6. Projecting Economic Growth with Growth Accounting Techniques: The Conference Board Global Economic Outlook 2012 Sources and Methods
    by Vivian Chen, Ben Cheng, Gad Levanon, and Bart van Ark
    November 2011 - EPWP #11 – 07 (Economics Program Working Paper Series, November 2011)
  7. StraightTalk®
    Special Issue for All Members: Global Economic Outlook 2012

    From The Conference Board Chief Economist. (StraightTalk®, November 2011)
  8. Strategic Workforce Planning Leader's Bookshelf
    This report briefly describes more than 40 books and articles, and includes brief summaries and information on the topics covered including their level of complexity. (Research Report, November 2011)
  9. Constructing a Price Deflator for R&D: Calculating the Price of Knowledge Investments as a Residual
    by Carol Corrado, Peter Goodridge, and Jonathan Haskel
    October 2011 - EPWP #11 – 03 (Economics Program Working Paper Series, October 2011)
  10. Linked World: How ICT is Transforming Societies, Cultures and Economies
    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. (Research Report, October 2011)
  11. Conference Board Economics Watch® - European View
    The Debt Crisis and the Risk Of Recession Are Reinforcing Each Other (Economics Watch Reports, October 2011)
  12. Corporate Oversight and Stakeholder Lines of Defense
    Stakeholders are demanding improved oversight in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. This report presents a model for effective corporate oversight. (Executive Action Report, October 2011)
  13. Conference Board® Labor Markets in Review™: Vol. 1, No. 1
    This periodical publication offers an expert perspective on the implications of current economic conditions on the labor market, with specific focus on the United States, Europe, and emerging markets. (Periodical, October 2011)
  14. From Like to Love
    According to Adrian Slywotzky, "very good" isn't good enough anymore—your product needs something extra. (The Conference Board Review, October 2011)
  15. Workspace: 9 to 5 is so last century
    Columnist Alison Maitland argues that today's flexible work arrangements should not be mere employee perks. (The Conference Board Review, October 2011)
  16. Achieving Resilience: Planning for Flexibility during Crisis
    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. (Executive Action Report, September 2011)
  17. Engaging Business Leaders in Strategic Workforce Planning: A Guide to Effective Conversations
    This guide includes basic questions to drive the initial conversation between the strategic workforce planning (SWP) leader and business leaders. (Executive Action Report, July 2011)
  18. Impact of ICT on Production of Goods and Services: The Long Tail of Digital Exclusion — A Comparison Between the UK and Chile
    by Ellen J. Helsper and Sergio Godoy-Etcheverry, July 2011. - ICTLinkedWorld #7 (Economics Program Working Paper Series, July 2011)
  19. Impact of ICT on Production of Goods and Services: Measuring the Impact of ICT on Education
    by Cor-Jan Jager, Jesse Bos, and Robbin te Velde, July 2011. - ICTLinkedWorld #9 (Economics Program Working Paper Series, July 2011)
  20. Impact of ICT on Production of Goods and Services: Measuring the Impact of ICT on Public Sector Performance
    by Robbin te Velde, July 2011. - ICTLinkedWorld #8 (Economics Program Working Paper Series, July 2011)
  21. 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
    by Raul L. Katz, July 2011. - ICTLinkedWorld #1 (Economics Program Working Paper Series, July 2011)
  22. Impact of ICT on Production of Goods and Services: The Global Broadband Bonus: Broadband Internet’s Impact on Seven Countries
    by Shane Greenstein and Ryan McDevitt, July 2011. - ICTLinkedWorld #6 (Economics Program Working Paper Series, July 2011)
  23. Impact of ICT on Production of Goods and Services: Towards Comprehensive Measurement of ICT’s Impact: Paying Attention to Society and Culture
    by Katherine Schinasi and Ivy Schultz, July 2011. - ICTLinkedWorld #10 (Economics Program Working Paper Series, July 2011)
  24. Towards Comprehensive Measurement of ICT’s Impact: Measuring the Impact of ICT on Health Care
    by Robbin te Velde, Jesse Bos, and Reg Brennenraedts, July 2011. - ICTLinkedWorld #4 (Economics Program Working Paper Series, July 2011)
  25. Embracing the Enemy: Why companies need to encourage whistleblowers, not fear them
    Why do good corporations not try harder to search for and act on information about potential wrongdoing—before someone blows a whistle in public? (The Conference Board Review, July 2011)
  26. How Much Do You Know? Too Much and Not Enough
    The most important thing that companies have learned in the past twenty years is that managing knowledge requires knowing more about both knowledge and management than a lot of big firms seem to know. (The Conference Board Review, July 2011)
  27. Workspace: Unconscious Biases
    Columnist Alison Maitland asks: How do you get senior executives to address the impact of their unconscious biases? (The Conference Board Review, July 2011)
  28. Conference Board Economics Watch® - European View
    The 2011 GDP projection will prove easy to reach. Downside risks exist for 2012. (Economics Watch Reports, June 2011)
  29. Performance 2011: Productivity, Employment, and Growth in the World's Economies
    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. (Research Report, June 2011)
  30. Business Case for Corporate Social Responsibility
    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 (Director Notes, June 2011)
  31. Corporate Governance and Business Preparedness
    A survey of The Conference Board paints a detailed picture of how businesses are balancing security, business continuity, and operational risk management as part of governance. (Key Findings, May 2011)
  32. Competitive Intelligence: A Critical Tool for Innovation
    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. (Council Perspectives, April 2011)
  33. Building Sustainable Integrity into Organizational Strategy and Operations
    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. (Executive Action Report, April 2011)
  34. Measuring the Effects of Corporate Social Responsibility
    This report discusses a model for measuring the efficient and effective use of corporate resources allocated to CSR activities. (Director Notes, April 2011)
  35. HR: You're Doing It Wrong: Looking for Leaders
    Not enough HR professionals or senior executives are challenging the status quo by asking whether there really is a skills gap and a leadership deficiency in the global workforce. (The Conference Board Review, April 2011)
  36. Professionalization of Shareholder Activism in France
    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. (Director Notes, February 2011)
  37. Converging Physical and Information Security Risk Management
    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 (Executive Action Report, February 2011)
  38. Giving the Working Poor a Working Chance
    How can business and the world’s corporations help efforts to alleviate global poverty? And what is the rationale for getting involved? (Council Perspectives, February 2011)
  39. Innovation and Intangible Assets Gaining the Competitive Edge in Economic Recovery
    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. (Executive Action Report, January 2011)
  40. Watch What You Say!
    Business talk communicates less than you want—and more than you mean. (The Conference Board Review, January 2011)

2010

  1. Escaping the Sovereign-Debt Crisis: Productivity-Driven Growth and Moderate Spending May Offer a Way Out
    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. (Executive Action Report, December 2010)
  2. Go Where There Be Dragons
    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. (Council Perspectives, October 2010)
  3. Security and Privacy in Cloud Computing
    The European Regulatory Approach

    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 (Executive Action Report, October 2010)
  4. Retaining Former CEOs on the Board
    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. (Director Notes, October 2010)
  5. Closing the Gender Gap: A European Perspective on New Approaches to Women’s Leadership
    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, (Executive Action Report, September 2010)
  6. Mind the Gap: Overcoming Organisational Barriers to Develop Inclusive Leaders
    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 (Council Perspectives, August 2010)
  7. Know Your Shareholders: The Use of Cash-Settled Equity Derivatives to Hide Corporate Ownership Interests
    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. (Director Notes, July 2010)
  8. Risk and Security in Corporate Supply Chain Networks: Moving From Operational to Strategic Concern
    Supply chain risk management is a critical strategic activity that should take center stage in the decision making of any corporation (Executive Action Report, June 2010)
  9. Euro Area: Looking Through the Turbulence in Financial Markets
    Despite the overwhelming sense of crisis in the Euro Area, recovery from the global recession is still underway. (Executive Action Report, June 2010)
  10. Supply Chain Benchmarking: Process and Methodology
    Supply chain operations within an organization should be constantly reviewed to identify where improvements can be made. (Council Perspectives, June 2010)
  11. Harnessing the Power Within: Using Your Employees to Help Deliver the Brand Promise
    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. (Executive Action Report, May 2010)
  12. A New Era in Global Anti-Corruption: Governments Get Serious about Enforcement
    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. (Executive Action Report, April 2010)
  13. Investor Engagement in Europe in the Wake of the Shareholder Rights Directive Implementation
    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. (Director Notes, April 2010)
  14. Problem With Giving Back
    The implication of "giving back to society" is that it’s fine to take whatever you want, for as long as you want, provided that at some stage you get around to handing a bit of it back. How about not taking so much in the first place? (The Conference Board Review, April 2010)
  15. Social Media and Word-of-Mouth Marketing
    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. (Council Perspectives, March 2010)
  16. 2010 Productivity Brief: Productivity, Employment, and Growth in the World's Economies
    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. (Executive Action Report, January 2010)
  17. Diversity and Inclusion: Global Challenges and Opportunities
    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. (Council Perspectives, January 2010)
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