CEO Challenge Reports Archive


 

The Conference Board CEO Challenge® 2014: ASEAN Edition

As with the global report, The Conference Board breaks down the challenges CEOs in the ASEAN region face and the strategies they employ to mitigate these challenges. Results show ASEAN CEOs seek strong business leadership that is able to drive change and not afraid to boldly innovate (even fail) in a performance-focused environment.

Regional CEOs see a renewed commitment to customers as key to driving enterprise growth, even in a slow global growth period. They recognize the importance of developing an engaged workforce and a diverse, accountable leadership team, while monitoring what many see as an increasing burden—government regulation.

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The Conference Board CEO Challenge® 2014: Latin America Edition

This report is based on responses from CEOs, presidents, and chairmen to The Conference Board CEO Challenge® survey, distributed between September and October 2013. For the first time, the research includes leaders from the Latin America region, providing a unique vision that top executives share in these emerging markets.

Results show CEOs in Latin America seek strong business leadership that is able to drive change and is not afraid to boldly innovate (and even fail) in a performance-focused environment. In addition, CEOs in the region rank labor relations as the top hot-button issue in the coming year.

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The Conference Board CEO Challenge® 2014: People and Performance

The 2014 edition of the CEO Challenge survey finds business leaders across the globe are zeroed in on not only what gets done but more importantly how things get done. They are shrugging off a relatively slow growing global economy and focusing on people, performance, reconnecting with customers, and reshaping the culture of work. They also see a renewed commitment to customers, innovation, and the corporate brand, aided by the use of big data, as keys to driving growth. And to accomplish this, they recognize the importance of developing an engaged workforce and a diverse and accountable leadership team.

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CEO Challenges in the Gulf Region

Four of the five top challenges selected by the 729 global respondents
to 
The Conference Board CEO Challenge Survey®  for 2013—Human Capital, Operational Excellence, Innovation, and Customer Relationships—showed executives’ determination to “control the controllable” and prime their organizations for the slow-growth slog ahead. While agreeing on the importance of Human Capital and Customer Relationships to fuel growth, CEOs in the GCC region reported a significantly different set of priorities than did CEOs globally; they are looking at contrasting strategies that reflect the unique business environment challenges of a resource-rich and energy-dependent region.

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The Conference Board CEO Challenge® 2013: India Edition

While CEOs in India may share some challenges with their global peers, they are focusing on a set of strategies to meet these challenges that reflect the uniqueness of the Indian economic environment, according to the 2013 edition of The Conference Board CEO Challenge® survey. CEOs in India rank Human Capital, Global Political/Economic Risk, Innovation, Operational Excellence, and Government Regulation as their top five challenges.

The consensus among Indian CEOs who responded to the 2013 survey is:

  • In a slow-growth environment, you have to compete harder and think more about wringing out new efficiencies. You also need to pay more attention to the fundamentals, from providing employee training and development to growing your workforce internally to incenting that workforce to be innovative to reducing baseline costs.
  • Building internal strength and creating value in a weakened business environment require a focus on your people, your suppliers, and your customers, as well as an enterprise-wide dedication to true excellence regardless of the task, the function, or the external challenge.

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The Conference Board CEO Challenge® 2013: ASEAN Edition

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is a regional association composed of the 10 countries in Southeast Asia—Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar (Burma), the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. These countries are home to a population of 600 million people, or almost 9 percent of the world’s population. As a single economic block, its combined nominal GDP of USD 2 trillion ranks ninth in the world. Of this year’s 729 responses to The Conference Board CEO Challenge survey, 183 are from the ASEAN region. While CEOs within the ASEAN community may share similar challenges with their global peers, they are often focusing on a unique set of strategies that reflects the excitement and uncertainty generated by the continuing integration of ASEAN as an economic community.  As part of the 2013 edition of The Conference Board CEO Challenge survey, we and our regional partners asked CEOs of companies operating within ASEAN to identify what they expect to be their top-five challenges stemming from the economic integration and implementation of the ASEAN Economic Community accords in 2015.

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The Conference Board CEO Challenge® 2013: Countering the Global Slowdown

In addition to a synthesis of results globally, this report analyzes responses by region as well: Asia, the United States, and Europe. There are also some breakdowns available for China and India, as well as analysis of the difference in responses over years, across industry groups, and across companies of different revenue sizes.

The full research report goes in depth into the ranking of strategies to meet the major challenges, and the similarities and differences in tactics taken by CEOs across the world. What human capital strategies are most utilized by CEOs globally as opposed to Europe? What are CEOs in Asia doing to ensure operational excellence? The overall pattern in responses shows that to meet challenges like this as well as customer relationships and innovation, companies are looking to their people, but the similarities and differences in the way CEOs in different respondent groups are tackling their challenges show surprising results.

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On the Record with Dr. Loren Skeist

Spellman Electronics was a regional high-voltage power supply provider that has been built into a global enterprise, specializing in the design and manufacture of equipment that converts low-voltage AC and DC power to high-voltage DC for high-tech systems used in more than 30 industries. In this Mid-Market On the Record, the latest in the series, the president of Spellman speaks to The Conference Board about the results of the 2013 CEO Challenge® report. Discussions range from the rankings of challenges like innovation, operational excellence, and government regulation and the strategies to address them; to growth in emerging markets, finding engineering talent, and collaborating with customers.

 

 


 

The Conference Board CEO Challenge® 2013 Summary Report: Countering the Global Slowdown—Optimizing Talent and Operational Performance to Create Competitive Advantage

In this summary of the results from the latest edition of The Conference Board Annual Survey of CEOs, presidents, and chairmen, respondents appear somewhat less concerned than participants in previous years about external factors in the business environment that they cannot control (e.g., macro issues of risk and regulation). Instead, they are taking a hard look at their own organizations and focusing on people-driven strategies to counter slow markets and economic conditions, and improve performance.

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

The five top challenges for 2012—Innovation, Human Capital, Global Political/Economic Risk, Government Regulation, and Global Expansion—show a balance between concerns related to the macro business environment (of which business leaders have limited or no control individually) and company-specific challenges that are driven by management action and require a well-executed business strategy.  

View this short video for a report summary from our experts. 

 

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

As the CEO rankings of challenges have changed over time, so have the rankings from today’s enlightened quality executives and functions. There is now a stronger connection with strategy along with a more systems-thinking, holistic view of the business—of enterprise-wide total quality—that can serve as an invaluable asset to meeting the business’ ongoing challenges. This report from The Conference Board Quality Council provides insights, actions, and recommendations about how the investment in a company’s quality initiatives can contribute to meeting CEO priorities and ensuring that the C-suite is maximizing the contribution of the organization’s quality assets to answer its most pressing challenges.

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CEO Challenge 2011: Top 10 Challenges

Discover what critical challenges CEOs, presidents, and chairmen from across the globe expect to face in the year ahead. 

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Answering the 2011 CEO Challenge:
Accelerating Growth through Quality

In The Conference Board CEO Challenge 2011, CEOs cited business growth as their number one challenge and saw new innovations and markets as critical strategies to drive that growth. Quality departments are uniquely positioned to help accelerate growth through better execution and alignment. If today’s quality leaders are to meet this challenge, however, they must both contribute to operational efficiency and possess a macro view of the business that cuts across functions, geographies, and business lines.

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CEO Challenge Reflections: How Socio-Economic Change Is Shaping Business Sustainability in China

China’s 12th Five-Year Plan clearly underscores China’s stated commitment to a more sustainable and quality-driven growth path. In the CEO Challenge 2011, CEOs in China, unlike their counterparts in other global regions, rank sustainability as one of their top business challenges. But how will this challenge be met? What will the impact of this commitment be for the Chinese business environment?

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On the Record with Thomas J. Sullivan 
12 December, 2012 | Executive Action Report
This is a follow-up interview with one of the CEOs of a mid-market firm who participated in The Conference Board CEO Challenge 2012: Thomas Sullivan, President and CEO of Symmetry Medical, Inc.

 

 

On the Record with Nick Konidaris 

15 November, 2012 | Executive Action Report
This is a follow-up interview with one of the CEOs of a mid-market firm who participated in The Conference Board CEO Challenge 2012: Nick Konidaris, President and CEO of Electro Scientific Industries (ESI).

 

 

CEO Challenge Reflections: Human Capital Practitioners Respond 

12 September, 2012 | Executive Action Report
This report compares the responses of human capital professionals to the human capital strategies cited by 370 CEOs that ranked human capital as one of their top three challenges in The Conference Board CEO Challenge 2012.

 

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CEO Challenge® 2014

More than 1000 business leaders identified their most critical challenges in The Conference Board CEO Challenge® 2014.

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