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CEO Challenge®

  1. CEO Challenge 2003: Top Marketplace and Management Issues
    This annual report presents the views of CEOs, Chairmen, and Founders on both current forces in the marketplace and the trends they expect to face in 2008. (CEO Challenge®, October 2003)
  2. CEO Challenge 2004: Perspectives and Analysis
    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. (CEO Challenge®, November 2004)
  3. CEO Challenge 2006: Perspectives & Analysis
    Summary and analysis of findings from this year's CEO Challenge Survey. (CEO Challenge®, June 2006)
  4. CEO Challenge 2008: Top 10 Challenges – Financial Crisis Edition
    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. (CEO Challenge®, November 2008)
  5. CEO Challenge 2010: Top 10 Challenges

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

    (CEO Challenge®, February 2010)
  6. CEO Challenge 2011: Fueling Business Growth with Innovation and Talent Development
    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 (CEO Challenge®, April 2011)
  7. 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)
  8. Conference Board CEO Challenge® 2013: ASEAN Edition
    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. (CEO Challenge®, July 2013)
  9. 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)
  10. Conference Board CEO Challenge® 2013: India Edition
    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. (CEO Challenge®, July 2013)
  11. 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)
  12. Mid-Market CEO Challenge: 2007 Edition
    This survey based report provides an overview of the challenges currently faced by CEOs in the mid-market sector. (CEO Challenge®, December 2007)

China Center Publications

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

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

    (China Center Publications, June 2013)
  2. China CEO Council Insights: The Gateless Gate -- The Future for Foreign Investors in China

    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

    (China Center Publications, November 2013)
  3. China CEO Council Session Report -- Facing Change: Sustaining and driving growth during uncertain times in China

    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.

    (China Center Publications, August 2014)
  4. China Center -- What to Watch For: Trust default edition

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

    (China Center Publications, May 2014)
  5. China Center Chart of the Week, Special Philanthropy Series, part 1 of 4: China’s nonprofit sector – growing rapidly, but still highly constrained
    Leading up to the release of a new beachhead report by the China Center on Corporate Philanthropy in China (to be published in November) we are releasing a special series of Charts of the Week on the topic. This is part one of four. (China Center Publications, October 2012)
  6. China Center Chart of the Week, Special Philanthropy Series, part 2 of 4: Public perception is an important driver shaping China’s nonprofit sector
    Leading up to the release of a new beachhead report by the China Center on Corporate Philanthropy in China (to be published in November) we are releasing a special series of Charts of the Week on the topic. This is part two of four. (China Center Publications, October 2012)
  7. China Center Chart of the Week, Special Philanthropy Series, part 3 of 4: Corporations playing key role in advancing civil society engagement in China
    Leading up to the release of a new beachhead report by the China Center on Corporate Philanthropy in China (to be published in November) we are releasing a special series of Charts of the Week on the topic. This is part three of four. (China Center Publications, October 2012)
  8. China Center Chart of the Week, Special Philanthropy Series, part 4 of 4: How much do companies in China spend on philanthropy?
    Leading up to the release of a new beachhead report by the China Center on Corporate Philanthropy in China (to be published in November) we are releasing a special series of Charts of the Week on the topic. This is part four of four. (China Center Publications, October 2012)
  9. China Center Chart of the Week: Assessing local debt risks and opportunities – regional debt and real estate dynamics

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

    (China Center Publications, April 2014)
  10. China Center Chart of the Week: Between a rock and a hard place -- the Chinese real estate conundrum

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

    (China Center Publications, November 2013)
  11. China Center Chart of the Week: Capital outflows will be a headache for the central bank
    The unwinding of falsified trade invoicing has had a clear impact since May, as has the prospect of the Federal Reserve tapering its quantitative easing program. But the biggest driver of financial outflows seems to be the slowdown in Chinese growth. (China Center Publications, August 2013)
  12. China Center Chart of the Week: China Outlook -- Why we expect slower growth in 2014

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

    (China Center Publications, December 2013)
  13. China Center Chart of the Week: China is gaining share of global manufacturing value addition

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

     

    (China Center Publications, March 2014)
  14. China Center Chart of the Week: China’s Credit Intensity – Still Too High

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

    (China Center Publications, March 2014)
  15. China Center Chart of the Week: China’s capital account liberalization is still a long way off
    This chart shows China’s capital account in the Balance of Payments data, with positive numbers signaling credits (essentially money flowing into the economy in various forms) and negative numbers representing debits (net flows of assets held abroad). (China Center Publications, April 2013)
  16. China Center Chart of the Week: China’s capital reserves appear strong but may soon prove inadequate
    This chart shows capital adequacy ratios (CARs) reported by Chinese banks as of the end of Q1 2013. These ratios represent the amount of capital a bank holds as a proportion of its risk-weighted assets. (China Center Publications, May 2013)
  17. China Center Chart of the Week: China’s credit-to-GDP gap in the “danger zone”
    International experience shows that once the credit-to-GDP gap crosses a certain threshold, the likelihood of a financial crisis occurring within three years rises dramatically. (China Center Publications, August 2013)
  18. China Center Chart of the Week: China’s demographic shift has “officially” begun – at least according to the NBS definition
    This chart shows the breakdown of the Chinese population by age group. In January, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) announced that the country’s working age population (ages 15 to 59) shrank for the first time in 2012. (China Center Publications, March 2013)
  19. China Center Chart of the Week: China’s falling returns on capital will cause slower growth or higher leverage (or both)
    The chart shows The Conference Board’s estimation of the Marginal Product of Capital (MPK) for various countries, broken into two groups: lower income and higher income. (China Center Publications, December 2012)
  20. China Center Chart of the Week: China’s intangible investment – high in absolute amount, small relative to conventional capex
    China has spent a much larger amount on intangible investment, as a percentage of GDP, than other countries at similar, or higher, levels of development. (China Center Publications, September 2012)
  21. China Center Chart of the Week: China’s manufacturing PMI should be taken with a growing grain of salt
    This chart shows the performance of China’s official manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) since January 2010, along with the major subcomponents. We urge members to view this index with great caution. (China Center Publications, May 2013)
  22. China Center Chart of the Week: Chinese Total Factor Productivity growth appears to have flat-lined

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

    (China Center Publications, March 2014)
  23. China Center Chart of the Week: Consumption is the most important driver of labor demand
    This chart explores overall labor demand (i.e. both direct and indirect) generated by household consumption, government consumption, investment, and exports in China. (China Center Publications, December 2012)
  24. China Center Chart of the Week: Continual PBoC injections forestall banking system pain

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

    (China Center Publications, November 2013)
  25. China Center Chart of the Week: Credit growth in H2 – onward and upward

    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.

    (China Center Publications, August 2014)
  26. China Center Chart of the Week: Credit growth is a tightening noose on the property market

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

    (China Center Publications, May 2014)
  27. China Center Chart of the Week: Deflation or substantial real growth slowdown – take your pick

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

    (China Center Publications, May 2014)
  28. China Center Chart of the Week: Do weak retail sales over the Chinese New Year holiday signal slowing consumption growth?
    This chart assesses the “real” (i.e. inflation adjusted to 2012 price levels) monthly Retail Sales of Consumer Goods statistic over the last 5 years, emphasizing the sales for Chinese New Year (CNY) holiday periods. (China Center Publications, February 2013)
  29. China Center Chart of the Week: Economic rebalancing is going in reverse

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

    (China Center Publications, May 2014)
  30. China Center Chart of the Week: Falling home production is an opportunity for services sector development (part 1 of 2)

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

    (China Center Publications, September 2013)
  31. China Center Chart of the Week: Formal bank loans - no longer the stalwart of Chinese finance
    This chart shows newly issued net Total Social Finance in China on a quarterly basis, broken down into its constituent parts. The share of non-bank finance has grown markedly. (China Center Publications, March 2013)
  32. China Center Chart of the Week: Home production trends highlight opportunity to boost household consumption of services (part 2 of 2)

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

    (China Center Publications, September 2013)
  33. China Center Chart of the Week: Household consumption growth continuing to slow – and slow faster than GDP growth

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

    (China Center Publications, January 2014)
  34. China Center Chart of the Week: Household consumption in China highly concentrated in most advanced cities
    This Pareto chart shows Monthly Sales of Retail Goods for 242 tier 1 to tier 3 cities (officially called “prefectures and above” cities) for December 2012 in China. (China Center Publications, July 2013)
  35. China Center Chart of the Week: Increasing intangible investment not yielding commensurate increases in output
    The US and Germany have generated increasing output per capita from their intangible investment, whereas China has not. R&D spending is part of the problem. (China Center Publications, September 2012)
  36. China Center Chart of the Week: Intangible investment in China has grown rapidly – but is it efficient?
    Despite the substantial top-line growth, it appears that overall spending on intangibles in China has largely been policy driven, rather than deriving from firm-level innovation. (China Center Publications, August 2012)
  37. China Center Chart of the Week: Interdependence of Chinese and Japanese economies is much larger than their trade relationship
    This chart shows China’s imports from and exports to Japan until the end of 2012, and uses Input-Output table analysis to calculate the amount the Japanese and Chinese economies impact one another, both directly and indirectly. (China Center Publications, January 2013)
  38. China Center Chart of the Week: Investment and exports diminish as growth drivers, but remain critical to sustaining economy’s size
    This chart underscores the importance of Consumption as a major driver of GDP growth in China, and suggests this has been the case since well before the global financial crisis of 2008 and the associated fall off in global export demand. (China Center Publications, November 2012)
  39. China Center Chart of the Week: Is RMB depreciation in the PBoC’s cards?
    US politicians have been complaining for years about China's undervalued currency, but is that accusation still relevant? The numbers suggest China's central bank has been forced to prop up its currency over the past year, rather than hold it down. (China Center Publications, August 2013)
  40. China Center Chart of the Week: Labor productivity growth in China continues to slow – even from its low base level

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

    (China Center Publications, March 2014)
  41. China Center Chart of the Week: Labor productivity performance enabled by reform – a key to China’s competitiveness gains
    This chart demonstrates that China has done a good job catching up, and even surpassing, some emerging market peers on labor productivity. However, state-dominated sectors are dragging down productivity levels for the overall economy. (China Center Publications, July 2013)
  42. China Center Chart of the Week: Less and less growth from more and more credit
    This chart shows the credit intensity of Chinese economic growth in both nominal and real terms. Credit intensity refers to the ratio of new credit to incremental GDP growth in an economy, and the situation for China is becoming increasingly grim. (China Center Publications, February 2013)
  43. China Center Chart of the Week: Moderating consumption growth rate evident in Chinese New Year’s data

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

    (China Center Publications, March 2014)
  44. China Center Chart of the Week: No baby boom, but a baby bump

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

    (China Center Publications, September 2014)
  45. China Center Chart of the Week: Not so fast! Why China’s economy will continue to slow
    The chart shows The Conference Board’s most recent medium- and long-term projections for trend growth in real GDP for China, broken down by contributions from labor, capital and productivity. (China Center Publications, November 2012)
  46. China Center Chart of the Week: Real household consumption increasingly hard to gauge using the monthly “Retail Sales of Consumer Goods” statistic
    This chart compares consumption in China as measured by the monthly “Retail Sales of Consumer Goods” statistic with the household consumption statistic derived from China’s quarterly Expenditure GDP and figures estimated by NBS’ Quarterly Household Survey (China Center Publications, February 2013)
  47. China Center Chart of the Week: Recent interbank jitters further underline liquidity risks
    This chart shows the overnight interbank bond repo rate in China and the 7-day repo rate, respectively. In the week of June 3rd–7th, both rates shot up, signaling a sudden tightness in liquidity within the banking system. (China Center Publications, June 2013)
  48. China Center Chart of the Week: Recent jump in bank deposits likely boosted by new WMP regulations

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

    (China Center Publications, May 2013)
  49. China Center Chart of the Week: Reporting on corporate environmental and social performance – still a long way to go
    This chart shows disclosure rates regarding key sustainability practices for constituent companies of the SSE 50, and compares it with the S&P Global 1200. The SSE 50 index comprises 50 Chinese A-share stocks listed on the Shanghai stock exchange. (China Center Publications, June 2013)
  50. China Center Chart of the Week: Rise in interbank lending highlights China’s liquidity risks
    This chart shows the Chinese banking system’s monthly new claims on the corporate and household sectors (i.e. loans into the real economy) as well as new claims on depository corporations and financial institutions (i.e. interbank lending). (China Center Publications, June 2013)
  51. China Center Chart of the Week: Rising unit labor costs underscore the imperative for economic transition
    This chart shows China’s unit labor cost – the average cost of labor per unit of output (ULC) – as a percent of the United States’ ULC. Growth in a country’s ULC is a key measure of its competitiveness. (China Center Publications, December 2012)
  52. China Center Chart of the Week: SLF injections are preemptive, not stimulative – and perhaps a baby step toward price-based monetary policy

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

    (China Center Publications, September 2014)
  53. China Center Chart of the Week: The coming end of the WMP boom

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

    (China Center Publications, August 2013)
  54. China Center Chart of the Week: Wage escalation is high and disparity of wage levels across industries pronounced
    Wage data are notoriously spotty in China. Using our own estimation of “Total Labor Compensation per Employee”, we are able to illuminate the trajectory and magnitude of wage escalation in China’s industrial/manufacturing sector. (China Center Publications, July 2013)
  55. China Center Chart of the Week: ‘Buying’ 7.5 percent growth – what would it take?

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

    (China Center Publications, March 2014)
  56. China Center Commentary: China LEI showing more sluggishness ahead

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

    (China Center Publications, June 2014)
  57. China Center Commentary: December LEI Points to a Weak Start in the Year of the Horse

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

    (China Center Publications, February 2014)
  58. China Center Commentary: Real estate and infrastructure investment -- risky wildcards for growth
    Interpretive Comments on The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® for China, August 2013 (July data) (China Center Publications, August 2013)
  59. China Center Commentary: The Muddle Kingdom -- LEI growth slows as policy inertia persists

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

    (China Center Publications, November 2013)
  60. China Center Data Flash: August data confirms Q3 weakness

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

    (China Center Publications, September 2014)
  61. China Center Data Flash: Continued deceleration into Q2
    Data Flash is a brief interpretive summary of China’s official monthly economic data release – May 2013 (China Center Publications, May 2013)
  62. China Center Data Flash: Divergence -- The Financial Economy Outpaces the Real Economy

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

    (China Center Publications, December 2013)
  63. China Center Data Flash: Flat growth in October as stronger exports offset slowdown in investment and credit

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

    (China Center Publications, November 2013)
  64. China Center Data Flash: Fragile rebound advanced in October
    Data Flash is a brief interpretive summary of China’s official monthly economic data release – November 2012 (October 2012 data) (China Center Publications, November 2012)
  65. China Center Data Flash: Fragility and uncertainty persist
    Data Flash is a brief interpretive summary of China’s official monthly economic data release – December 2012 (November 2012 data) (China Center Publications, December 2012)
  66. China Center Data Flash: Growth stabilizes in June, but weakness remains
    Data Flash is a brief interpretive summary of China’s official monthly economic data release – July 2012 (June 2012 data) (China Center Publications, July 2012)
  67. China Center Data Flash: July disappoints – even investment growth levels off
    Data Flash is a brief interpretive summary of China’s official monthly economic data release – August 2012 (July 2012 data) (China Center Publications, August 2012)
  68. China Center Data Flash: May data – the good, the bad and the ugly
    Sequential activity for industry and consumption clearly improved in April and May, but the investment environment remains weak overall. (China Center Publications, June 2014)
  69. China Center Data Flash: May data send mixed signals
    Data Flash is a brief interpretive summary of China’s official monthly economic data release – June 2012 (May 2012 data) (China Center Publications, June 2012)
  70. China Center Data Flash: New leadership show signs of reining in risk areas
    Data Flash is a brief interpretive summary of China’s official monthly economic data release – March 2013 (February 2013 data) (China Center Publications, March 2013)
  71. China Center Data Flash: No bottom to the slowdown, despite stabilization
    Data Flash is a brief interpretive summary of China’s official monthly economic data release – August 2013 (China Center Publications, August 2013)
  72. 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)
  73. China Center Data Flash: Ongoing slowdown with a nod to financial reform
    Data Flash is a brief interpretive summary of China’s official monthly economic data release – June 2013 (China Center Publications, July 2013)
  74. China Center Data Flash: Q2 Mini-stimulus already losing steam

    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.

    (China Center Publications, August 2014)
  75. China Center Data Flash: Q3 “rebound” will fizzle in Q4

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

    (China Center Publications, September 2013)
  76. China Center Data Flash: September data - a glimmer of light, but not yet out of the tunnel
    Data Flash is a brief interpretive summary of China’s official monthly economic data release – October 2012 (September 2012 data) (China Center Publications, October 2012)
  77. China Center Data Flash: Tight credit is suffocating real estate

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

    (China Center Publications, May 2014)
  78. China Center Data Flash: Tug of war -- manufacturing down, infrastructure up
    Data Flash is a brief interpretive summary of China’s official monthly economic data release – September 2012 (August 2012 data) (China Center Publications, September 2012)
  79. China Center Data Flash: Unhealthy Q2 growth – pursuit of the target at the expense of reform

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

    (China Center Publications, July 2014)
  80. China Center Data Flash: Weak Jan-Feb data as expected – authorities are likely to goose growth soon

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

    (China Center Publications, March 2014)
  81. China Center Data Flash: “Prudent” monetary policy so far ineffective

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

    (China Center Publications, March 2014)
  82. China Center Dataflash: Beware of the Chinese New Year Effect
    Dataflash is a brief interpretive summary of China’s official monthly economic data release – February 2012 (January 2012 data) (China Center Publications, February 2012)
  83. China Center Dataflash: February data point to weak first quarter
    Dataflash is a brief interpretive summary of China’s official monthly economic data release – March 2012 (February 2012 data) (China Center Publications, March 2012)
  84. China Center Dataflash: Q1 growth rate masks underlying volatility
    Dataflash is a brief interpretive summary of China’s official monthly economic data release – April 2012 (March 2012 data) (China Center Publications, April 2012)
  85. China Center LEI Commentary: A pick up in infrastructure investment remains the only driver of growth, but may ultimately become a burden
    Interpretive Comments on The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® (LEI) and The Conference Board Coincident Economic Index® (CEI) for China, August 2012 (July 2012 data) (China Center Publications, September 2012)
  86. China Center LEI Commentary: Accelerated bank lending supports LEI expansion in May
    Interpretive Comments on The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® (LEI) and The Conference Board Coincident Economic Index® (CEI) for China, May 2012 data (China Center Publications, July 2012)
  87. China Center LEI Commentary: China LEI points to increasing uncertainty amidst continued gradual slowing of the economy
    Interpretive Comments on The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® (LEI) and The Conference Board Coincident Economic Index® (CEI) for China (January 2012 data) (China Center Publications, March 2012)
  88. China Center LEI Commentary: Increase in LEI slows, as real estate gives back gains from August
    Interpretive comments on The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® (LEI) and The Conference Board Coincident Economic Index® (CEI) for China, October 2012 (September 2012 data) (China Center Publications, November 2012)
  89. China Center LEI Commentary: Increased volatility will likely characterize the second quarter, just as it did the first
    Interpretive Comments on The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® (LEI) and The Conference Board Coincident Economic Index® (CEI) for China, April 2012 (March 2012 data) (China Center Publications, April 2012)
  90. China Center LEI Commentary: LEI boosted by the Chinese New Year
    Interpretive comments on The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® (LEI) and The Conference Board Coincident Economic Index® (CEI) for China, February 2013 (January 2012 data) (China Center Publications, February 2013)
  91. China Center LEI Commentary: LEI expands moderately, but component volatility offers little certainty
    Interpretive Comments on The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® (LEI) and The Conference Board Coincident Economic Index® (CEI) for China, May 2012 (April 2012 data) (China Center Publications, May 2012)
  92. China Center LEI Commentary: LEI growth stalled amid renewed tightening of policy measures
    Interpretive comments on The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® (LEI) and The Conference Board Coincident Economic Index® (CEI) for China, April 2013 (March 2013 data) (China Center Publications, April 2013)
  93. China Center LEI Commentary: LEI still increasing, but the outcome will be highly policy-dependent
    Interpretive comments on The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® (LEI) and The Conference Board Coincident Economic Index® (CEI) for China, March 2013 (February 2013 data) (China Center Publications, March 2013)
  94. China Center LEI Commentary: Looking beyond month-to-month volatility – sustainability of current rebound not yet certain
    Interpretive comments on The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® (LEI) and The Conference Board Coincident Economic Index® (CEI) for China, November 2012 (October 2012 data) (China Center Publications, December 2012)
  95. China Center LEI Commentary: Moderation in growth looks set to continue, despite the slight LEI uptick in December
    Interpretive Comments on The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® (LEI) and The Conference Board Coincident Economic Index® (CEI) for China. (December 2011 data) (China Center Publications, January 2012)
  96. China Center LEI Commentary: Real economic activity remains weak – credit alone drives the LEI in June
    Interpretive Comments on The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® (LEI) and The Conference Board Coincident Economic Index® (CEI) for China, July 2012 (June 2012 data) (China Center Publications, August 2012)
  97. China Center LEI Commentary: Real estate perks up the LEI in August – but it is unlikely to last
    Interpretive comments on The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® (LEI) and The Conference Board Coincident Economic Index® (CEI) for China, September 2012 (August 2012 data) (China Center Publications, September 2012)
  98. China Center LEI Commentary: Recent volatility in the LEI components underlines growing economic uncertainty
    Interpretive Comments on The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® (LEI) and The Conference Board Coincident Economic Index® (CEI) for China (February 2012 data) (China Center Publications, April 2012)
  99. China Center LEI Commentary: Slower LEI growth indicates the current rebound may be short-lived
    Interpretive comments on The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® (LEI) and The Conference Board Coincident Economic Index® (CEI) for China, January 2013 (December 2012 data) (China Center Publications, February 2013)
  100. China Center Quick Note: Barring the unexpected, China’s economy to downshift considerably, as a natural consequence of both size and maturation
    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. (China Center Publications, February 2013)
  101. China Center Quick Note: Changes to the One-Child Policy – Anticipating the Impacts

    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.

    (China Center Publications, September 2014)
  102. China Center Quick Note: China’s Consumption Paradox
    This Quick Note examines and explains the structural factors constraining household consumption in China, and the challenges China faces in transitioning to a consumption-driven economy. (China Center Publications, July 2012)
  103. China Center Quick Note: China’s “Elections” and the Future of Reform
    This Quick Note examines the policy imperatives for China’s new, recently “elected” leading group. MNCs should pay special attention to monitoring policy developments related to financial/credit market reform and State Owned Enterprise reform. (China Center Publications, November 2012)
  104. China Center Quick Note: Corporate Sustainability Disclosure in China -- Evidence from constituents of the CSI 300 index
    How well do Chinese companies currently do at disclosing their sustainability practices to the public, and which metrics do they use? (China Center Publications, August 2013)
  105. China Center Quick Note: Don’t Hold Your Breath for the Emerging Market Sell Off

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

    (China Center Publications, April 2014)
  106. China Center Quick Note: Protecting the “home team” -- the flagging and flogging of the foreign-invested dairy sector

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

    (China Center Publications, September 2013)
  107. China Center Quick Note: RMB band-widening -- Short-term volatility, long-term vulnerability

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

    (China Center Publications, April 2014)
  108. China Center Quick Note: The Fourth Estate and China’s Reform Agenda
    This Quick Note assert that the emerging Fourth Estate phenomenon -- deep, fact-based investigative journalism -- is extremely important for MNC business planners to monitor as a presage to policy leanings and political-economy trends in China. (China Center Publications, October 2012)
  109. China Center Quick Note: The Missing Tea Leaves
    This Quick Note examines perennial data gap issues in China, and, more recently, the trend of disappearing data. The note provides much needed context about the history, political framework and utility of data publication in China. (China Center Publications, August 2012)
  110. China Center Quick Note: The Opportunity in Xi’s “Re-Reform”

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

    (China Center Publications, June 2014)
  111. China Center Quick Note: What have we learned? Longer-term implications of China’s recent liquidity crunch
    This Quick Note looks at June's events in the interbank bond market that led to a spike in interest rates and outlines the implications for the banking system and the real economy moving forward. (China Center Publications, July 2013)
  112. China Center Quick Note: Xi Jinping at the helm: command and control – or negotiate and cajole?
    This Quick Note assesses what China's incoming president might reasonably be expected to achieve given the limits necessarily imposed on him by the political system. (China Center Publications, March 2013)
  113. China Center QuickNote: China’s Soft Side
    Transitioning China to a consumption led economy is not just a matter of ratcheting down investment and stimulating consumption, and containing the vested interests that would work to block this path. Indeed, this is the relatively easy part. (China Center Publications, March 2012)
  114. China Center QuickNote: Planning for opportunities in the event of over-slowing in China
    By David Hoffman, Vice President and Managing Director of The China Center (China Center Publications, August 2011)
  115. China Center QuickNote: Returning Home—the conception of the Asian RMB and capital market zone
    By Ken DeWoskin – Senior Advisor and China CEO Council Program Director, The China Center for Economics and Business (China Center Publications, December 2011)
  116. China Center QuickNote: World Bank “China 2030” report – the calls mount for economic reform
    In this QuickNote we examine some of the World Bank’s key findings, analyzing them alongside The Conference Board’s own research, and highlight areas of particular interest to China Center members. (China Center Publications, March 2012)
  117. China Center Special Briefing Paper: Re-Estimating Chinese Growth
    How fast has China’s economy really grown? The accuracy of any country’s GDP estimate is of critical importance to the business and policy community, both in-country and globally. [NOTE: updated version as of 20 June 2014] (China Center Publications, June 2014)
  118. China Center Special Briefing Paper: Re-Estimating Chinese Productivity

    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.

    (China Center Publications, September 2014)
  119. China Productivity Quarterly
    This China Center report is the first in a regular series of productivity reports on China from The Conference Board. Our intention is to gradually “peel the onion” on productivity measurement and business issues in China. (China Center Publications, April 2011)
  120. China Productivity: Labor Productivity by Ownership Type
    This report measures China’s industry productivity by ownership type, comparing state-owned enterprises, privately owned domestic firms, foreign-invested firms, and smaller firms for the period of 1995-2009. (China Center Publications, March 2012)
  121. China’s 12th Five-Year Plan – Implications for Human Capital
    China’s 12th Five Year Plan emphasizes the “human factor” in economic development more than any previous FYP. This China Center report distills out the plan’s implications for human capital practitioners and executives concerned about HC issues in China. (China Center Publications, April 2012)
  122. Deep Dive Exchange Insights: State of Attack - Preparing for and Responding to Attacks from State Media

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

    (China Center Publications, May 2014)
  123. Deep Dive Exchange Insights: The Evolving Face of Corrupt Practices in China – Managing 3rd Party Fraud Risk

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

    (China Center Publications, May 2013)
  124. Deep Dive Exchange Insights: Wage Escalation in China -- What Assumptions Make Sense for the Future?

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

    (China Center Publications, October 2013)
  125. Interpretive Comments on The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® for China -- May 2013 (April 2013 data)
    As growth trends down, prospects for reform trend slightly up (China Center Publications, June 2013)
  126. Interpretive Comments on The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® for China -- July 2013 (June 2013 data)
    As growth trends downward, immediate risks ease somewhat (China Center Publications, August 2013)

Conference KeyNotes

  1. How Industry Leaders Get Customers to Fall in Love with Their Experience: Insights from The 2014 Customer Experience Conference
    The keys to wowing your customers include having happy employees, putting customers first, and providing a personalized, interactive experience. (Conference KeyNotes, May 2014)
  2. 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)

Council Perspectives

  1. 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)
  2. 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)
  3. 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)
  4. HR in Asia: Priorities in Compensation and Benefits
    Global, standardized compensation and benefit programs help companies achieve consistency and convenience. But companies must strike a balance by delivering programs that are also responsive to the varying needs of their far-flung business units. (Council Perspectives, April 2011)
  5. Managing Contractors and Ensuring Safety in Emerging Markets

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

    (Council Perspectives, May 2013)
  6. Taming the Change Tiger: Transforming Chaos and Uncertainty into Opportunity

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

    (Council Perspectives, October 2014)
  7. 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)

Director Notes

  1. A Brief Overview of Corporate Governance Reforms in India

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

    (Director Notes, December 2010)
  2. Corporate Social Responsibility in India

    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.

    (Director Notes, August 2014)
  3. 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)
  4. 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)
  5. 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)

Economics Program Working Paper Series

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

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

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

    (Economics Program Working Paper Series, February 2014)
  2. Contribution of Restructuring and Reallocation to China's Productivity and Growth
    by Haiyan Deng, John Haltiwanger, Robert McGuckin, Jianyi Xu, Yaodong Liu, and Yuqi Liu, December 2007. - EPWP #07 – 04 (Economics Program Working Paper Series, December 2007)
  3. Cost Competitiveness of the Manufacturing Sector in China and India: An Industry and Regional Perspective
    by Bart van Ark, Abdul Azeez Erumban, Vivian Chen, Utsav Kumar, January 2009. – EPWP #09 – 02 (Economics Program Working Paper Series, January 2009)
  4. Forecasting Chinese Households’ Demand from Home Production
    by Yabin Wang
    June 2013 - EPWP #13 – 01 (Economics Program Working Paper Series, June 2013)
  5. India’s Demographic Transition: Boon or Bane? A State-Level Perspective
    by Utsav Kumar
    September 2010 - EPWP #10 – 03 (Economics Program Working Paper Series, September 2010)
  6. Manufacturing In China Today: Employment And Labor Compensation
    by Judith Banister, November 2007. - EPWP #07 – 01 (Economics Program Working Paper Series, November 2007)
  7. Measuring Changes in Competitiveness in Chinese Manufacturing Industries Across Regions in 1995 – 2004: An Unit Labor Cost Approach
    by Vivian W. Chen, Harry X. Wu, Bart van Ark, June 2008. - EPWP #08 – 03 (Economics Program Working Paper Series, July 2008)
  8. Modeling Trends, Cyclical Movements and Turning Points of the Chinese Economy
    by Ataman Ozyildirim and Harry Wu

    June 2013 - EPWP #13 – 02 (Economics Program Working Paper Series, June 2013)
  9. On the Measurement and Analysis of Aggregate Economic Activity for China: The Coincident Economic Indicators Approach
    by Feng Guo, Ataman Ozyildirim, Victor Zarnowitz, April 2008. - EPWP #08 – 01 (Economics Program Working Paper Series, April 2008)
  10. On the Selection of Leading Economic Indicators for China
    by Bill Adams, Pieter Bottelier, Ataman Ozyildirim, Jing Sima-Friedman, May 2010. - EPWP #10 – 02 (Economics Program Working Paper Series, July 2010)
  11. 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)
  12. Rising Wages: Has China Lost Its Global Labor Advantage?
    by Dennis Tao Yang, Vivian Chen, Ryan Monarch, March 2009. - EPWP #09 – 03 (Economics Program Working Paper Series, March 2009)
  13. Total Factor Productivity among Cities in China: Estimation and Explanation
    by Yan Xu and Shu Yu
    June 2012 - EPWP #12 – 01 (Economics Program Working Paper Series, June 2012)

Economics Watch Reports

  1. Conference Board Economics Watch® Emerging Markets View

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

    (Economics Watch Reports, February 2014)
  2. Conference Board Economics Watch® Emerging Markets View
    Emerging markets (EM) face a bumpy recovery road ahead, and impact on global economy in 2014 could be more significant than expected (Economics Watch Reports, March 2014)

Executive Action Report

  1. A View From the Top:
    The Challenge of Building A Global Workforce

    In the war for talent in India and China, retention is a challenge, and the fact that these new workers are also newly empowered consumers is an opportunity.

    (Executive Action Report, March 2007)
  2. Adding Value in Shared Services . . . Insourcing, Outsourcing, and Offshoring
    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? (Executive Action Report, July 2004)
  3. Addressing the Talent Shortage in China and India: Leveraging Women in the Workforce

    Women are underutilized in labor markets in Asia. Leveraging women in the workforce is essential to resolve this talent shortage and promote both social and economic development in these countries.

    (Executive Action Report, January 2013)
  4. Asia's New Era of Opportunity
    Many changes have been made since the 1997-98 financial crisis in Asia. Can these changes provide Asian economies with a critical source of home-grown capital? (Executive Action Report, August 2004)
  5. Assessing the Risks of an Economic Downturn in Japan
    The earthquakes, tsunami, and nuclear disaster in Japan will undoubtedly have a negative effect on Japan’s economy, but there is more to the story. (Executive Action Report, April 2011)
  6. Branding Challenges in the Great China Breakout
    The domestic market in China for many manufactured goods is heavily saturated in several sectors, leading to stiff competition and squeezing profit margins. This is causing Chinese manufacturers to launch their brands on the world market. (Executive Action Report, December 2003)
  7. Bridging China's Talent Gap

    Multinational companies operating in China face challenges in recruiting, training, and retaining top managers. Job-hopping and rising wages in China are problems; short-term international assignments are one solution.

     

    (Executive Action Report, January 2007)
  8. 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)
  9. CEO Challenge Reflections: How Socio-Economic Change Is Shaping Business Sustainability in China
    For CEOs in China, the challenge of sustainability was ranked higher than anywhere else in the world. But how will business meet this challenge? (Executive Action Report, November 2011)
  10. 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)
  11. CEO View . . .Managing through the Global Financial Crisis
    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? (Executive Action Report, May 2009)
  12. Changing Chinese Supply Chain

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

    (Executive Action Report, November 2013)
  13. China: Creating An Unlikely Edge In The Global Market Share Battle
    In the quest for market dominance, is the ability to exploit the mass market more important than cutting edge innovation? (Executive Action Report, July 2005)
  14. Competitive Advantage of “Low-Wage” Countries Often Exaggerated
    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. (Executive Action Report, October 2006)
  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. Corporate Social Responsibility In China: Can Voluntary Codes Succeed?
    Is there an alternative to laws that are unevenly administered and enforced? A question well worth asking about business practice in all developing economies -- including China. (Executive Action Report, July 2005)
  17. Corporate Sustainability Disclosure in China
    Environmental and labor regulations abound in China, but supervision and enforcement are seriously lacking. Chinese businesses acutely need more transparency, better disclosure, and better performance in sustainability. (Executive Action Report, October 2013)
  18. Don't Underestimate China: Why Chinese Businesses Can Grow Into Serious International Competitors
    Businesses that follow conventional wisdom and assume that Chinese-owned enterprises will be weak competitors on the international business stage may be unpleasantly surprised. (Executive Action Report, May 2002)
  19. Global Talent Management: How Businesses Attract, Develop, and Retain the Best

    To excel at talent management, companies must: make talent management a priority; walk the talk, have a talent identification process; be uncompromising; and coach high potential talent.

    (Executive Action Report, September 2006)
  20. 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)
  21. Human Capital Challenges in Asia-Pacific 2011-2013: Aligning Employee Learning and Development with Performance Management
    A survey of human capital professionals in nine countries in Asia-Pacific identified learning and development and performance management as two of the most significant human capital challenges in the region. This report discusses how to address them. (Executive Action Report, March 2012)
  22. Human Capital Challenges in Asia-Pacific 2011-2013: Driving Employee Engagement with Communication and Work-Life Balance
    Companies that survey and measure employee engagement—and communicate organizational actions and results from senior leadership—are managing employee engagement effectively. (Executive Action Report, July 2012)
  23. Human Capital Challenges in Asia-Pacific 2011-2013: Strong Brands and Clear Career Paths Help Companies Run the Talent Race
    Strong corporate branding and clear career paths for employees help companies to hire and keep talent in Asia-Pacific. (Executive Action Report, March 2012)
  24. Human Capital Challenges in Asia-Pacific, 2012–2013: Leadership Development and Succession Planning for the Global Leader
    A closer look at the strategies effective companies use for leadership development and succession planning. (Executive Action Report, June 2012)
  25. Human Capital in Asia-Pacific, 2011-2013
    Rapid growth in the Asia-Pacific region means that companies there are facing challenges in leadership development, talent acquisition, and retention. (Executive Action Report, October 2011)
  26. Integrating Developing Countries into the Global Supply Chain
    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. (Executive Action Report, August 2011)
  27. International Business Cultures . . . Corporate Governance: An Asian Perspective
    Corporate Governance initiatives in the U.S. are causing many countries around the world to review their best practices. Hong Kong is no exception, but their business leaders believe they should be implemented with characteristics unique to the region. (Executive Action Report, March 2004)
  28. Is Avian Flu the Next Y2K? Can We Afford To Think So?
    Coping with a potential pandemic requires a different approach to continuity planning. Is your company preparing properly? (Executive Action Report, May 2006)
  29. Leadership Challenges for Indian Companies
    Tomorrow's Indian business leaders must be master strategists, able to manage change as well as relationships and networks, and perhaps most importantly demonstrate the ability to develop new leaders. (Executive Action Report, October 2006)
  30. 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)
  31. Managing Talent in Asia: Leadership Challenges in a Time of Transition

    Regional dynamics and differences require firms to manage their organizations flexibly and adjust their approaches to talent management and leadership development to compete effectively in the Asia-Pacific marketplace.

    (Executive Action Report, October 2005)
  32. On the Record With.... Lim Chee-Onn
    An in-depth interview with Lim Chee-Onn, Executive Chairman, Keppel Corporation, Ltd., Singapore, on current forces in management and the marketplace and the trends he expects to face in the future. (Executive Action Report, May 2006)
  33. On the Record With...Nandan M. Nilekani

    Nandan M. Nilekani, CEO and co-founder, Infosys Technologies, Ltd., Bangalore, India discusses offshoring’s social impact, new outsourcing hotspots, and the distortions wrought by excessive compensation of top executives.

    (Executive Action Report, October 2004)
  34. On the Record With...Stan Shih

    Stan Shih, chairman, CEO, and founder of The Acer Group, discusses the inexorable movement toward outsourcing/offshoring and how integrity cannot be driven by regulation.

    (Executive Action Report, November 2004)
  35. Potential Economic Impact of the 2009 A(H1N1) Influenza (Swine Flu) Pandemic
    While it's too early to determine the ultimate scope of the A(H1N1) influenza pandemic, a comparison to the 2003 SARS outbreak shows the economic impact may be short-lived and will not significantly alter long-term trends in global macro economic activity (Executive Action Report, May 2009)
  36. Redefining the Employee Value Proposition: New Developments in Asia-Pacific

    Companies in Asia-Pacific who want to have a successful employee value proposition should embed corporate governance as well as diversity and inclusion policies into corporate culture.

    (Executive Action Report, February 2005)
  37. Revisiting Japan a Year after the Earthquake: A Slower than Expected Recovery
    One year after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, the country is still suffering the economic aftershocks. (Executive Action Report, March 2012)
  38. 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)
  39. Sleepless in Delhi: What Keeps Indian HR Executives Awake at Night?
    India presents unique business challenges, challenges that a number of human resource executives in India were happy to discuss with The Conference Board. (Executive Action Report, June 2011)
  40. Strengthening Corporate Governance: A New Age of Entrepreneurship in India

     As India moves to adopt globally accepted corporate governance standards, it benefits from “late mover advantage,” reaping the results of years of experimentation and trial and error by others.

     

    (Executive Action Report, February 2006)
  41. Taking Global Brands to Japan: A Luxury Goods Market that is as Profitable as it is Unique
    This report delves into how the profound social changes in Japan - brought about by a decade long recession - have allowed global luxury brands to blossom there. (Executive Action Report, February 2004)
  42. Thinking Offshoring Through
    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? (Executive Action Report, February 2005)
  43. Under Pressure: The Widening Wage Gap between China's Haves and Have-Nots
    Will soaring wages and protesting workers eventually erode one of China's most prominent global economic advantages—its low labor costs? (Executive Action Report, November 2010)
  44. Unique Challenges of Developing World-Class Business Leaders in Asia Pacific
    Although leadership development is a concern for CEOs worldwide, some of the challenges are exaggerated in the Asian Pacific context. (Executive Action Report, September 2004)

Executive Summary

  1. 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)
  2. 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)
  3. Developing Global Leaders

    Developing global business leaders is as complex as the world in which they work and requires a top-down corporate commitment to training, feedback, and balancing individuals’ goals with business needs.

    (Executive Summary, November 2005)

Global Debt and Growth Series

  1. 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)
  2. 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)

Human Capital in Review

  1. 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)
  2. 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)
  3. 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)
  4. 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)
  5. 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)
  6. 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)
  7. 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)
  8. 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)
  9. 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)
  10. 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)
  11. Human Capital in Review: Human Capital Analytics (Vol. 4, No. 2, 2014)

    This publication is designed for busy human capital executives who value selected, thoughtfully summarized article reviews of what is happening in the area of human capital analytics.

    (Human Capital in Review, September 2014)

Key Business Issues

  1. DNA of Engagement: How Organizations Create and Sustain Highly Engaging Cultures

    Organizations with highly engaging cultures continually build on positive momentum in an effort to drive and sustain business performance. This report explores the commonalities among these organizations.

    (Key Business Issues, October 2014)
  2. From Not Enough Jobs to Not Enough Workers: What Retiring Baby Boomers and the Coming Labor Shortage Mean for Your Company
    The retirement of baby boomers will create labor shortages in mature economies worldwide. This report covers implications for companies and actions they can take. (Key Business Issues, September 2014)
  3. From Not Enough Jobs to Not Enough Workers: STRATEGIC OVERVIEW
    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 Business Issues, September 2014)
  4. Long Soft Fall in Chinese Growth: Business Realities, Risks, and Opportunities
    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? (Key Business Issues, October 2014)
  5. Long Soft Fall in Chinese Growth: White Paper

    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.

    (Key Business Issues, October 2014)

Key Findings

  1. Strategic Workforce Planning in Global Organizations
    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. (Key Findings, January 2010)

Periodical

  1. Board Asia Newsletter

    Major news covered in this issue includes details of the launch of The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® for India and the ASEAN Leadership 2.0 project, an ongoing dialogue on leadership issues.

    (Periodical, December 2013)
  2. Board Asia Newsletter
    Quarter Four 2010 (Periodical, May 2011)
  3. Board Asia Newsletter
    Quarter One 2012 (Periodical, March 2012)
  4. Board Asia Newsletter
    Quarter One 2013 (Periodical, April 2013)
  5. Board Asia Newsletter
    Quarter Three 2010 (Periodical, December 2010)
  6. Board Asia Newsletter
    Quarter Two 2012 (Periodical, July 2012)
  7. Board Asia Newsletter
    Quarter Two-Three 2013 (Periodical, August 2013)
  8. BoardAsia Newsletter

    Major news covered in this issue includes an overview of the Future China Business Leader un-Conference and the launch of The Future India Business Leader research report.

    (Periodical, July 2014)
  9. BoardAsia Newsletter

    Major news covered in this issue includes an overview of the Strategic Workforce Planning Academy Asia Program and highlights on The Conference Board Key Business Issues initiative.

    (Periodical, October 2014)
  10. BoardAsia Newsletter

    Major news covered in this issue includes details of the launch of The Conference Board CEO Challenge Report® and an overview of the Future India Leadership Un-conference.

    (Periodical, April 2014)
  11. 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)

Research Report

  1. 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)
  2. Business and Sustainability in China: Company Responses to a National Priority
    What actions are companies taking in China to support the country's sustainable development imperatives? (Research Report, December 2011)
  3. Can China's Growth Trajectory Be Sustained?

    China’s turbo growth rate, fueled by exports, is about to become an issue for other countries and especially for foreign businesses operating in China.

    (Research Report, December 2007)
  4. China’s Experience with Productivity and Jobs

    China is losing manufacturing jobs even faster than the developed world and must not only reemploy its workers, but also shift from exporting to serving its own billion domestic consumers.

    (Research Report, June 2004)
  5. Corporate Philanthropy in China: A Practitioner's Guide for Foreign Donors

    This report describes China’s nonprofit sector and the challenges for foreign donors who wish to get involved with Chinese nonprofits. It also gives suggestions for identifying and partnering with organizations.

    (Research Report, November 2012)
  6. 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)
  7. Developing Global Leaders

    Developing global business leaders is as complex as the world in which they work and requires a top-down corporate commitment to training, feedback, and balancing individuals’ goals with business needs.

    (Research Report, November 2005)
  8. 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)
  9. Future ASEAN Leader: Leading Growth and Change in a Borderless World
    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. (Research Report, March 2014)
  10. Future India Business Leader
    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. (Research Report, July 2014)
  11. 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)
  12. Global Growth Strategies
    How do you create global growth — and once you're growing, how do you keep going? Here's the experience of senior executives and CEOs on managing growth. (Research Report, January 1998)
  13. Global Leadership Forecast (GLF) 2014 | 2015, Ready-Now Leaders: Meeting Tomorrow’s Business Challenges
    New research from DDI and The Conference Board spotlights a critical difference between the top and bottom corporate financial performers: companies with higher percentages of women in leadership roles perform better. (Research Report, August 2014)
  14. 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)
  15. Hong Kong Corporates and Investor Confidence
    This corporate governance handbook for directors and officers of corporations in Hong Kong is based on interviews, seminars and research conducted by The Conference Board in Hong Kong during 2001 and 2002. (Research Report, January 2003)
  16. Human Capital Analytics @ Work, Volume I
    Six high-profile companies describe how they use human capital analytics at their organizations and offer advice on how you can best implement it at yours. (Research Report, October 2014)
  17. India Corporates and Investor Confidence
    This corporate governance handbook for directors and officers of corporations in India is based on extensive field interviews with major Indian companies as well as focus group meetings with 40-50 executives of leading corporations in Mumbai and Delhi. (Research Report, January 2003)
  18. Leadership Development in Asia-Pacific: Identifying and Developing Leaders for Growth
    This report is based on The Conference Board Working Group on Leadership Development in Asia-Pacific, a survey of 55 organizations, and The 2005 Asia-Pacific Leadership Development Conference held in June 2005. (Research Report, March 2006)
  19. Meeting the Challenge of Global Logistics
    As the entire world provides you with suppliers, your challenges—and opportunities—in logistics grow. Here's a look at what you can do. (Research Report, February 1998)
  20. Organizing for Global Competitiveness

    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.

    (Research Report, May 2001)
  21. Organizing for Global Competitiveness
    This overview summarizes four of the most popular reports in The Conference Board's series on global organization design. (Research Report, August 1996)
  22. Perspectives on a Global Economy

    Real per-capita income worldwide has grown more than 2 percent per year on average since 1950, but the income gap between OECD countries and many poorer countries has increased.

    (Research Report, January 2000)
  23. 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)
  24. Restructuring Chinese Enterprises: Effects of Federalism and Privatization Initiatives on Business

    Although joining the WTO will most likely accelerate China’s liberalization, its ongoing transition to a market economy owes much of its success to market-enhancing federalism.

    (Research Report, January 2002)
  25. 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)
  26. Singapore Corporates and Investor Confidence
    This corporate governance handbook for directors and officers of corporations in Singapore is based on extensive research, seminars and focus group meetings, and personal interviews with senior executives in Singapore. (Research Report, January 2003)
  27. State of Human Capital 2012: False Summit

    Responding in part to human capital executives’ stated frustrations, this report examines four opportunities for HC executives to better manage the global talent pool in an unpredictable business environment.

    (Research Report, October 2012)
  28. 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)
  29. 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)
  30. Transforming the HR Function for Global Business Success
    HR executives are ramping up to work with line managers on global business issues. Here's a look at what's happening. (Research Report, February 1998)

StraightTalk®

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

    From The Conference Board Chief Economist. (StraightTalk®, November 2012)
  2. StraightTalk®
    Special Issue for All Members: Global Economic Outlook 2012

    From The Conference Board Chief Economist. (StraightTalk®, November 2011)
  3. 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)
  4. 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)

The Conference Board Review

  1. 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)
  2. Are Indian and Chinese Leaders Up to the Job?

    Economic growth in China and India depends on the quality of companies' senior leaders. DDI's Rich Wellins argues that those leaders have too high an opinion of their own abilities.

    (The Conference Board Review, October 2013)
  3. Cost of Losing the American Dream: A view from China

    After revelations about corporate and government encroachment on Americans' privacy, freedom-starved Chinese cast a less favorable eye on the United States.

    (The Conference Board Review, October 2013)
  4. 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)
  5. 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)
  6. 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)
  7. 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)
  8. 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)
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