The Conference Board Publications http://www.conference-board.org The Conference Board Publications en-us Thu, 24 Apr 2014 02:04:38 UTC webmaster@conference-board.org Copyright©2014 - The Conference Board, Inc. All rights reserved. The Conference Board torch and logo are registered trademarks of The Conference Board, Inc. The Conference Board Economics Watch<sup>®</sup> United States View <p>Economic growth is poised for some solid gains. The housing and labor markets are the keys to this improvement. The current path also suggests increased business investment for the remainder of the year.</p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 UTC http://www.conference-board.org/publications/publicationdetail.cfm?publicationid=2734 http://www.conference-board.org/publications/publicationdetail.cfm?publicationid=2734 The Conference Board CEO Challenge® 2014: ASEAN Edition <p>CEOs in ASEAN are seeking strong business leadership that is able to drive change and not afraid to boldly innovate (and even fail) in a performance-focused environment.</p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 UTC http://www.conference-board.org/publications/publicationdetail.cfm?publicationid=2735 http://www.conference-board.org/publications/publicationdetail.cfm?publicationid=2735 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. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 UTC http://www.conference-board.org/publications/publicationdetail.cfm?publicationid=2732 http://www.conference-board.org/publications/publicationdetail.cfm?publicationid=2732 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. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 UTC http://www.conference-board.org/publications/publicationdetail.cfm?publicationid=2731 http://www.conference-board.org/publications/publicationdetail.cfm?publicationid=2731 Corporate Governance Practices in US Initial Public Offerings <p>A review of the largest US initial public offerings shows that newly public companies have a great deal of latitude in designing their governance structures, at least at the time of their IPO.</p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 UTC http://www.conference-board.org/publications/publicationdetail.cfm?publicationid=2726 http://www.conference-board.org/publications/publicationdetail.cfm?publicationid=2726 China Center Quick Note: RMB band-widening -- Short-term volatility, long-term vulnerability <p>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?</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 UTC http://www.conference-board.org/publications/publicationdetail.cfm?publicationid=2728 http://www.conference-board.org/publications/publicationdetail.cfm?publicationid=2728 China Center Quick Note: Don’t Hold Your Breath for the Emerging Market Sell Off <p>In recent weeks, fears of a sharp correction in emerging market financial conditions caused by the Fed&rsquo;s change in its monetary policy have caused consternation among investors and policy makers.</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 UTC http://www.conference-board.org/publications/publicationdetail.cfm?publicationid=2729 http://www.conference-board.org/publications/publicationdetail.cfm?publicationid=2729 BoardAsia Newsletter <p>Major news covered in this issue includes details of the launch of The Conference Board CEO Challenge Report&reg; and an overview of the Future India Leadership Un-conference.</p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 UTC http://www.conference-board.org/publications/publicationdetail.cfm?publicationid=2727 http://www.conference-board.org/publications/publicationdetail.cfm?publicationid=2727 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. Tue, 01 Apr 2014 UTC http://www.conference-board.org/publications/publicationdetail.cfm?publicationid=2725 http://www.conference-board.org/publications/publicationdetail.cfm?publicationid=2725 The 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 Fri, 28 Mar 2014 UTC http://www.conference-board.org/publications/publicationdetail.cfm?publicationid=2698 http://www.conference-board.org/publications/publicationdetail.cfm?publicationid=2698 Proxy Voting Fact Sheet (March 2014) For meetings held in January and February 2014, shareholder proposal volume declined compared with same period last year, possibly a sign that investor engagement continues to be fruitful for companies. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 UTC http://www.conference-board.org/publications/publicationdetail.cfm?publicationid=2722 http://www.conference-board.org/publications/publicationdetail.cfm?publicationid=2722 The Conference Board Economics Watch® European View <p>While europe&rsquo;s short-term outlook&nbsp;continues to&nbsp;improve, risks to a sustained recovery persist.</p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 UTC http://www.conference-board.org/publications/publicationdetail.cfm?publicationid=2723 http://www.conference-board.org/publications/publicationdetail.cfm?publicationid=2723 China Center Chart of the Week: Chinese Total Factor Productivity growth appears to have flat-lined <p>Chinese TFP growth has been declining continuously &mdash;&nbsp;from 3.1 percent during the 2007&ndash;2011 period to 0.6 percent in 2012 to zero growth in 2013.</p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 UTC http://www.conference-board.org/publications/publicationdetail.cfm?publicationid=2724 http://www.conference-board.org/publications/publicationdetail.cfm?publicationid=2724 The Conference Board Human Capital in Review™: Focus on Diversity & Inclusion <br /> (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. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 UTC http://www.conference-board.org/publications/publicationdetail.cfm?publicationid=2720 http://www.conference-board.org/publications/publicationdetail.cfm?publicationid=2720 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. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 UTC http://www.conference-board.org/publications/publicationdetail.cfm?publicationid=2721 http://www.conference-board.org/publications/publicationdetail.cfm?publicationid=2721 The Conference Board Economics Watch<sup>®</sup> United States View <p>We view the winter slowdown in economic activity as a temporary pause. The eventual arrival of warmer spring weather should propel the housing and labor markets forward.</p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 UTC http://www.conference-board.org/publications/publicationdetail.cfm?publicationid=2719 http://www.conference-board.org/publications/publicationdetail.cfm?publicationid=2719 The Board’s Role in Cybersecurity <p>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.</p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 UTC http://www.conference-board.org/publications/publicationdetail.cfm?publicationid=2716 http://www.conference-board.org/publications/publicationdetail.cfm?publicationid=2716 China Center Data Flash: Weak Jan-Feb data as expected – authorities are likely to goose growth soon <p>Almost every single economic indicator that has been released through the first three months of this year &ndash; exports, industry, manufacturing, consumption, real estate, credit markets, stock markets &ndash; has disappointed.</p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 UTC http://www.conference-board.org/publications/publicationdetail.cfm?publicationid=2717 http://www.conference-board.org/publications/publicationdetail.cfm?publicationid=2717 China Center Chart of the Week: Labor productivity growth in China continues to slow – even from its low base level <p>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.</p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 UTC http://www.conference-board.org/publications/publicationdetail.cfm?publicationid=2718 http://www.conference-board.org/publications/publicationdetail.cfm?publicationid=2718 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. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 UTC http://www.conference-board.org/publications/publicationdetail.cfm?publicationid=2715 http://www.conference-board.org/publications/publicationdetail.cfm?publicationid=2715 The 2013 Senior Corporate Communication Management Conference KeyNotes Report <p>Today&rsquo;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.</p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 UTC http://www.conference-board.org/publications/publicationdetail.cfm?publicationid=2714 http://www.conference-board.org/publications/publicationdetail.cfm?publicationid=2714 Guidelines for Engagement <p>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.</p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 UTC http://www.conference-board.org/publications/publicationdetail.cfm?publicationid=2708 http://www.conference-board.org/publications/publicationdetail.cfm?publicationid=2708 The Conference Board Governance Center White Paper <p>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.</p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 UTC http://www.conference-board.org/publications/publicationdetail.cfm?publicationid=2711 http://www.conference-board.org/publications/publicationdetail.cfm?publicationid=2711 Recommendations of the Task Force on Corporate/Investor Engagement <p>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.</p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 UTC http://www.conference-board.org/publications/publicationdetail.cfm?publicationid=2712 http://www.conference-board.org/publications/publicationdetail.cfm?publicationid=2712 China Center Chart of the Week: China is gaining share of global manufacturing value addition <p>China&rsquo;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&rsquo;s manufacturing competitiveness.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 UTC http://www.conference-board.org/publications/publicationdetail.cfm?publicationid=2713 http://www.conference-board.org/publications/publicationdetail.cfm?publicationid=2713 How Well Do Corporate Directors Know Senior Management? <p>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.</p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 UTC http://www.conference-board.org/publications/publicationdetail.cfm?publicationid=2709 http://www.conference-board.org/publications/publicationdetail.cfm?publicationid=2709 China Center Chart of the Week: ‘Buying’ 7.5 percent growth – what would it take? <p>Slowing credit growth is incompatible with a 7.5 percent growth target, unless efficiency is significantly improved.</p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 UTC http://www.conference-board.org/publications/publicationdetail.cfm?publicationid=2710 http://www.conference-board.org/publications/publicationdetail.cfm?publicationid=2710 The 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. Thu, 06 Mar 2014 UTC http://www.conference-board.org/publications/publicationdetail.cfm?publicationid=2707 http://www.conference-board.org/publications/publicationdetail.cfm?publicationid=2707 China Center Chart of the Week: Moderating consumption growth rate evident in Chinese New Year’s data <p>Although the growth rate remains robust, it is the lowest nominal year-on-year expansion for Chinese New Year sales in over a decade.</p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 UTC http://www.conference-board.org/publications/publicationdetail.cfm?publicationid=2706 http://www.conference-board.org/publications/publicationdetail.cfm?publicationid=2706 Closing the Digital Entrepreneurship Gap in Europe: Enabling Businesses to Spur Growth <p>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.</p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 UTC http://www.conference-board.org/publications/publicationdetail.cfm?publicationid=2704 http://www.conference-board.org/publications/publicationdetail.cfm?publicationid=2704