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2004

  1. 2004 Top Executive Compensation Report

    October 2004 | Research Report

    This annual report provides an overview of the practices of 2,896 publicly traded companies in 14 major industry categories.

2005

  1. 2005 Top Executive Compensation Report

    November 2005 | Research Report

    An analysis of the compensation of the five highest-paid executives in 3,143 publicly traded firms in 2005

2006

  1. 2006 Top Executive Compensation Report

    October 2006 | Research Report

    This annual report provides an analysis of the compensation of the five highest-paid executives in 3,075 publicly traded firms in 14 major industry categories in 2005.

2007

  1. 2007 Report on Top Executive Compensation—Key Findings

    December 2007 | Executive Action Report

    The Conference Board 2007 Report on Top Executive Compensation—Key Findings indicates that CEOs of the largest companies hold a substantial amount of company stock.

  2. 2007 Top Executive Compensation Report

    April 2008 | Research Report

    This annual report provides and analyzes compensation data for the top five executives as reported in proxy tables based on the new SEC requirements of 2006.

  3. 2007 Top Executive Compensation Report - Key Findings

    April 2008 | Key Findings

    This piece summarizes the Top Executive Compensation Report - an annual report which provides and analyzes compensation data for the top five executives as reported in proxy tables based on the new SEC requirements of 2006.

2008

  1. 2008 Executive Coaching Fee Survey

    August 2008 | Research Report

    The executive coaching industry remains healthy, is growing globally, and is moving toward increased standardization. It also commands top dollar.

  2. 2008 Executive Coaching Fee Survey

    August 2008 | Council Perspectives

    This report offers an analysis of the rates organizations pay for executive coaching services.

2009

  1. 2009 Top Executive Compensation Report

    December 2009 | Research Report

    This report examines salary, total cash compensation, total compensation, and the mix of compensation elements for the CEO and the five highest-paid executives for specific revenue and industry groups.

  2. 2009 Top Executive Compensation Report

    December 2009 | Key Findings

    This report examines salary, total cash compensation, total compensation, and the mix of compensation elements for the CEO and the five highest-paid executives for specific revenue and industry groups.

2010

  1. 2010 Executive Coaching Survey

    March 2010 | Research Report

    This survey by The Conference Board Council on Executive Coaching focuses on external coaching practices as well as the growing use of internal coaching

  2. 2010 U.S. Top Executive Compensation Report

    November 2010 | Research Report

    This report examines salary, total cash compensation, total compensation, and the mix of compensation elements for the CEO and the five highest-paid executives for specific revenue and industry groups.

  3. 2010 U.S. Top Executive Compensation Report

    November 2010 | Key Findings

    This report examines salary, total cash compensation, total compensation, and the mix of compensation elements for the CEO and the five highest-paid executives for specific revenue and industry groups.

2011

  1. 2011 Organization Design Conference KeyNotes Report

    February 2012 | Conference KeyNotes

    The world is changing at a faster pace than ever. As a result, organizations are being forced to realign their focus and reinvent themselves with changing global landscapes, technologies, priorities, and customer needs.

  2. 2011 U.S. Top Executive Compensation Report

    September 2011 | Research Report

    This report examines salary, total cash compensation, total compensation, and the mix of compensation elements for the CEO and the five highest-paid executives for specific revenue and industry groups.

2012

  1. 2012 Change Management Conference KeyNotes Report

    August 2012 | Conference KeyNotes

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

  2. 2012 Executive Compensation Conference KeyNotes Report

    January 2013 | Conference KeyNotes

    As say on pay enters its third year, it has empowered shareholders to cast “no” votes to proxy statement descriptions of executive compensation programs that fail to make the grade.

  3. 2012 Executive Compensation Conference KeyNotes Report

    October 2012 | Conference KeyNotes

    Companies can show they are taking shareholder feedback into account by reaching out to investors regardless of how they voted and changing future compensation programs based on investors feedback. 

  4. 2012 Organization Design Conference KeyNotes Report

    January 2013 | Conference KeyNotes

    Organization design is both a science and an art. The science includes using the new design to solve a business problem. The art involves building relationships and influencing others.

2013

  1. 2013 Employee Health Care Conference KeyNotes Report

    September 2013 | Conference KeyNotes

    Upcoming health care reform and rising health care costs are forcing companies to change how they approach the health care benefits and increase their focus on wellness.

A

  1. Achieving Pay for Performance

    December 2012 | Director Notes

    This report discusses the three dimensions of pay for performance, demonstrates how to measure them using historical pay data, and presents a simple pay plan that achieves perfect pay for performance using annual grants of performance shares.

  2. Age and Opportunity: Plan Strategically to Get the Most Out of a Maturing Workforce

    May 2006 | Executive Action Report

    If baby boomers retire as expected, there won’t be enough people to do the work; companies who act now can avoid the worst and gain a competitive advantage.

  3. Age and Opportunity: Plan Strategically to Get the Most Out of a Maturing Workforce

    April 2006 | Council Perspectives

    The trend numbers are enough to frighten even the most stoic CEO. In a nutshell: if boomers retire as expected, there won’t be enough people to do the work. But companies can plan their way out of the worst and gain a competitive advantage too

  4. Aligning Performance Measures and Incentives in European Companies

    August 1999 | Research Report

    This report provides survey data and case studies to demonstrate that European companies are increasingly aligning executive compensation incentives to performance measures.

  5. Aligning Strategic Performance Measures and Results

    October 1999 | Research Report

    This research report offers key findings that demonstrate the capability of strategic performance measurement systems to improve business results.

  6. Aligning the Organization: Management and Human Resource Concerns

    November 2005 | Research Report

    This document shows the benefits of using overseas labor and shows the obstacles that must be overcome for a successful transition.

  7. Are You Talking to Your People or at Them?

    March 2009 | The Conference Board Review

    Learning to focus both your message and your presentation.

  8. Are Your Opinions Really Your Own?

    July 2012 | The Conference Board Review

    HR departments increasingly require disclaimers be appended to employees' Twitter posts. But disclaimers are a flawed solution to a dubious problem.

  9. Assessing Pay for Performance

    October 2011 | Director Notes

    This report explores five interpretations of the “pay for performance” concept, presents a practical way to measure it, and offers questions for directors to consider to assess and improve pay for performance at their company.

B

  1. A Business Guide to Support Employee and Family Involvement in Education

    January 1998 | Research Report

    Your employees care about their families' educations — so you need to care. This report covers the experiences of major corporations' education initiatives.

  2. Becoming Skilled at Painting with Two Brushes

    March 2007 | Executive Action Report

    Asian and Western companies differ in cultural approaches to talent development, but both can benefit from long-term international assignments and participation in international cross-functional teams.

  3. Best Practices for Developing Change Leadership in Turbulent Times

    May 2013 | Executive Action Report

    Leaders in charge of businesses affected by Hurricane Katrina share how they led through the crisis and how these methods can be translated to planned initiatives for change in organizations.

  4. Beyond Knowledge Management: New Ways to Work

    March 2000 | Research Report

    This report, based on a survey and Working Group discussions, takes an empirical look at knowledge management and organizational learning efforts occurring inside large companies.

  5. Board Asia Newsletter

    May 2011 | Periodical

    Quarter Four 2010

  6. Board Asia Newsletter

    April 2013 | Periodical

    Quarter One 2013

  7. Board Asia Newsletter

    December 2010 | Periodical

    Quarter Three 2010

  8. Board Asia Newsletter

    July 2012 | Periodical

    Quarter Two 2012

  9. BoardAsia Newsletter

    October 2014 | Periodical

    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.

  10. BoardAsia Newsletter

    April 2014 | Periodical

    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.

  11. Brave New World: Recruiting Talent in the Digital Age

    October 2013 | Research Report

    To be effective, online talent acquisition needs to be aligned with and integrated into your company's overall brand and social marketing objectives and practices.

  12. Bridging China's Talent Gap

    January 2007 | Executive Action Report

    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.

     

  13. Bridging the Gaps: How to Transfer Knowledge in Today's Multigenerational Workplace

    July 2008 | Research Report

    Boomer retirements and the “digital divide” between generations make it more important than ever for companies to approach knowledge transfer as a real objective, not just a casual conversation.

  14. Bridging the Leadership Gap

    April 1998 | Research Report

    Does your company develop leaders properly? Here's a look at what members of the Fortune 1000 do.

  15. Building Executive Coaching Capability That Delivers Business Results

    September 2004 | Executive Action Report

    The second part of a two piece report asks: Does coaching really work? Can the end result justify the financial means? (See Executive Action 112 for part one.)

  16. Building Risk Awareness into Performance: Integrating ERM and Performance Management

    September 2009 | Key Findings

    This report explores the reasons behind the lack of ERM and performance management integration through an examination of the results of a survey of 97 senior executives.

  17. Building a World-Class Workforce:
    Two Case Studies

    July 2006 | Executive Action Report

    While diversity is critical to a world-class workforce, there is an irony when it comes to  recruitment and retention: to achieve true equity, you may have to treat people differently.

  18. Building the Foundation of an Innovative Culture: Human Capital's Role in Making It Happen

    May 2014 | Executive Action Report

    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.

  19. Brain and Experience Drain: Are You Prepared for a Retirement Tsunami?

    August 2003 | Executive Action Report

    Crash programs for “knowledge-capture” are not the best response to the impending wave of retirements; rather, companies have to concentrate on building strong, ongoing knowledge-sharing programs.

  20. Business Value of Leadership Development

    April 2005 | Research Report

    Through analysis and executive interviews with domestic and global companies, this report sheds light on key development issues facing leadership executives.

C

  1. CEO Challenge 2011: Fueling Business Growth with Innovation and Talent Development

    April 2011 | CEO Challenge®

    This year’s report is entirely new and features a fully revised and condensed set of 10 overall challenges (down from 84 in previous surveys) and a more in-depth strategy section that highlights the need for clear organizational alignment, teamwork, and s

  2. CEO Challenge Reflections: On the Record with Fred Keller

    November 2011 | Executive Action Report

    As a follow-up to The Conference Board CEO Challenge™ 2011: Fueling Business Growth with Innovation and Talent and The Conference Board CEO Challenge 2011: Mid-Markets, Fred Keller—CEO of Mich.-based Cascade Engineering—shares his thoughts on the issues.

  3. CEO Challenge Reflections: Social Media Goes to Work

    October 2011 | Executive Action Report

    The implications of social media in the workplace—for product development, go-to-market strategies, customer relations, corporate branding, and recruiting—are enormous. Why then are so many senior executives reluctant to take the plunge?

  4. CEO Challenge Reflections: Talent Matters

    October 2011 | Executive Action Report

    While CEOs rank talent as a critical challenge to business success, there is disagreement among human capital professionals when it comes to the strategies that best manage and develop this crucial link in the growth chain.

  5. CEO Challenges in the Gulf Region

    April 2014 | CEO Challenge®

    CEOs in the Gulf region reported a significantly different set of priorities than did CEOs globally, with strategies that reflect the particular business challenges of a resource-rich, energy-dependent region.

  6. Can Continuing Changes in Pension Management Provide a Secure Retirement?

    January 2008 | Executive Action Report

    With 77 million baby boomers headed for retirement, it's no surprise that nearly every facet of pension plan structure and financial management is being reevaluated.

  7. Can Four Generations Focus in One Place?

    July 2013 | KnowlEdge Series Summaries

    This overview is adapted from The Conference Board KnowlEdge Series® presentation, "How We Work: Developing the Right Environment to Enable Our Workforce," with concentrations on the multigenerational workplace and office design.

  8. Can They Take It? What Happens When Older Employees Work Overtime

    November 2008 | Executive Action Report

    Overtime is a key to profitability for many employers, and a boost to the paychecks of their employees. But is there a concomitant cost when, as is often the case, senior employees work extra hours?

  9. Capturing Butterflies and Making Them Talk

    April 2008 | Executive Action Report

    If companies want to benefit from their employees’ collective wisdom, they need to learn and implement knowledge transfer skills across generations.

  10. Catalysts for Differentiation and Growth: Insights from The 2013 Organization Design Conference

    February 2014 | Conference KeyNotes

    Businesses are being pushed to execute more complex strategies at an ever-increasing rate, and many companies are looking to organization design to seize new opportunities in global markets.

  11. Changing Attitudes to Work – What Should HR Do?

    March 2009 | Council Perspectives

    Participants at The Conference Board’s European Human Resources Council Summit issue a set of management recommendations to deal with changing work attitudes.

  12. China’s 12th Five-Year Plan – Implications for Human Capital

    April 2012 | China Center Publications

    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.

  13. China’s Experience with Productivity and Jobs

    June 2004 | Research Report

    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.

  14. Close the Door

    October 2011 | The Conference Board Review

    What to do when an open-door policy generates too much openness?

  15. Closing the Gender Gap: A European Perspective on New Approaches to Women’s Leadership

    September 2010 | Executive Action Report

    Women account for only about 10 percent of board directors in Europe’s top 300 companies and more than two-thirds of the 101 largest firms have no women on their executive committees. With voluntary measures to close the gender gap making little progress,

  16. Closing the Revolving Door: How To Ensure New Hires Stay

    October 2003 | Executive Action Report

    Here is what employers and employees need to do to avoid the “set-up-to-fail syndrome.”

  17. Coaching Creates Relationships Essential to Business Success

    September 2004 | Executive Action Report

    Part one of a two part report finds that coaching should not be used to boost low performing employees, it should be reserved for those with potential. (See Executive Action 113 for part two.)

  18. Compassionate Downsizing: Making the Business Case for Education and Training Services

    November 2003 | Research Report

    This report analyzes the results of a survey of senior human resources executives regarding recent layoffs and the offering of education and training benefits to downsized employees.

  19. Compensation & Benefits: A Global View

    January 2008 | Executive Action Report

    To attract and retain the best employees globally, companies must devise flexible, portable compensation and benefits packages that meet the elevated expectations of today’s professionals.

  20. Compensation Plans in Curious Times: Salary Increase Budgets Being Reduced

    December 2002 | Executive Action Report

    Most respondents to a Conference Board survey say their current 2003 salary increase budgets are now lower for most employee classes than originally planned.

  21. Compensation in a Changed Economy

    November 2001 | Executive Action Report

    A survey of HR council members looks at the effects of the economic downturn and September 11 on companies' 2002 compensation plans.

  22. Compensation-Related Risk and Compensation Consultants

    August 2010 | Director Notes

    This is the last in a series of four studies developed in collaboration with Davis Polk & Wardwell to provide guidelines and examples to member companies of The Conference Board on emerging practices following the SEC enhanced disclosure reform.

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

    October 2006 | Executive Action Report

    When adjusting wages for productivity, the cost advantage to companies of "low-wage" countries and regions such as China, India, Mexico, or Central and Eastern Europe over North America and Western Europe is smaller than you think.

  24. Concepts for the New Leadership

    February 1999 | Research Report

    Leadership in the twenty-first century will require very different abilities, not merely the same ones of today performed at a faster pace.

  25. Conducting Independent Investigations

    August 2004 | Executive Action Report

    Corporate leaders now must determine whether to conduct an independent investigation in response to a legal, regulatory, or corporate integrity crisis.

  26. Connect, Converse, Create: How Companies Can Generate Value through Internal Social Collaboration

    March 2014 | Research Report

    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.

  27. Creating Personal Emotional Connections with Employees and Customers: Insights from The 2014 Extending Your Brand to Employees Conference

    August 2014 | Conference KeyNotes

    Defining and living your company's larger purpose so that employees engage emotionally ensures that they, as ambassadors, best represent your company brand to customers.

  28. Creating a Competency Model for Diversity and Inclusion Practitioners

    May 2008 | Research Report

    Diversity and inclusion (D&I) isn’t just about valuing differences anymore, but about putting them to work in today’s global economy, which requires D&I practitioners with specific competencies.

  29. Creating a Competency Model for Diversity and Inclusion Practitioners

    May 2008 | Council Perspectives

    This report sets out a new and unique competency model for 21st century D&I practioners.

  30. Culture Crash

    October 2009 | The Conference Board Review

    A Lehman Brothers insider reveals why the firm's best traits turned out to be its worst.

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

    March 2012 | CEO Challenge®

    According to respondents to The Conference Board CEO Challenge®, the race to innovate and the war for talent are just two of the challenges of the current business
    landscape.

  32. Conference Board CEO Challenge® 2013: ASEAN Edition

    July 2013 | CEO Challenge®

    An analysis of the 183 responses from CEOs in the ASEAN region, including results from this year’s special question on the upcoming economic community integration.

  33. Conference Board CEO Challenge® 2013: Countering the Global Slowdown

    July 2013 | CEO Challenge®

    Unlike last year, CEOs are looking inward for solutions to slow economic growth and focusing on people and processes—and less concerned about external factors such as risk and regulation.

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

    October 2013 | Executive Action Report

    According to an annual survey of chief executives, CEOs consider human capital their top challenge. How do their strategies to address this issue compare to those of human capital practitioners?

  35. Conference Board CEO Challenge® 2013: India Edition

    July 2013 | CEO Challenge®

    CEOs in India rank Human Capital, Global Political/Economic Risk, Innovation, Operational Excellence, and Government Regulation as their top challenges. Their strategies to meet these challenges reflect the uniqueness of the Indian economic environment.

  36. Conference Board CEO Challenge® 2014: ASEAN Edition

    April 2014 | Research Report

    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.

  37. Conference Board CEO Challenge® 2014: Latin America Edition

    April 2014 | Research Report

    This report provides an analysis of survey results from the Latin America region, providing a unique vision that top executives share in these emerging markets.

  38. Conference Board CEO Challenge® 2014: People and Performance

    January 2014 | CEO Challenge®

    While CEOs see talent as the critical link in meeting their top business challenges, the 2014 CEO Challenge survey results show a heightened focus on customers and reputation and less concern about regulation and external risk.

  39. Conference Board Governance Center White Paper

    March 2014 | Research Report

    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.

  40. Conference Board Human Capital in Review™: Focus on Health Care (Vol. 1, No. 1, 2013)

    November 2013 | Human Capital in Review

    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.

  41. Conference Board Task Force on Executive Compensation

    September 2009 | Research Report

    The Conference Board convened the Task Force on Executive Compensation in March 2009 to address the loss of public trust in the processes for oversight of executive compensation.

  42. Continuing Search For Performance Excellence

    December 1998 | Research Report

    Learn from the experiences of companies who've instituted performance-excellence initiatives, and take a look at the future in this field.

D

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

    October 2014 | Key Business Issues

    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.

  2. Dealing With Employee Travel Fears

    December 2001 | Executive Action Report

    Discusses travel safety concerns, how companies can assist employees in overcoming them, new airport safety measures, components of a comprehensive disaster plan, travel tips for individuals, coping with anxiety, and online resources.

  3. Defining Pay in Pay for Performance

    September 2012 | Director Notes

    This report examines pay-for-performance (PFP) issues to consider in making year-end compensation decisions, designing pay plans, and drafting 2013 proxies. It also offers examples of how to define “pay” for PFP analysis and disclosure purposes.

  4. Designing Global Businesses for Innovation and Growth

    August 2014 | Research Report

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

  5. Designing the High-Performance Compensation Plan That Works

    January 2007 | Executive Action Report

    Some mid-size companies are reshuffling their mix of incentives, for example, seeking alternatives to stock option plans, to galvanize employees and grow in new directions.

  6. Developing Business Leaders for 2010

    April 2002 | Research Report

    *NOTE:Some data has been corrected.* This study, based on extensive interview and survey data, addresses the efforts of leading-edge companies to develop the leadership strength they will need to ensure competitive success in the coming years.

  7. Developing Global Leaders

    November 2005 | Research Report

    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.

  8. Diversity and Inclusion: Global Challenges and Opportunities

    January 2010 | Council Perspectives

    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.

  9. Diversity and Profitability: Making the Connections

    January 2006 | Executive Action Report

    As demographic changes in Europe and government regulations pressure companies to increase workforce diversity, companies are finding that a diverse workforce can increase productivity and profitability.

  10. Diversity: An Imperative for Business Success

    October 1999 | Research Report

    This conference report addresses the business rationale behind implementing diversity and tools for making inclusiveness a reality within companies.

  11. Diversity Executive: Tasks, Competencies, and Strategies for Effective Leadership

    October 2001 | Research Report

    Seventy-one diversity executives, representing some of America's leading corporations, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations, share best practices and recommendations on setting standards for effective diversity leadership.

E

  1. Emphasis on Developing Leaders: Despite Hard Times Companies View Leadership Development as a Priority

    September 2002 | Executive Action Report

    Even during corporate belt-tightening leadership development is a necessity, not a luxury.

  2. Employee Communication During Mergers

    June 2000 | Research Report

    During a merger, the new strategic directions, business priorities, organization dynamics, and values combine with employees' strong personal concerns to create an enormous demand for accurate and timely information.

  3. Employee Engagement
    A Review of Current Research and Its Implications

    November 2006 | Research Report

    This literature review summarizes what is known on the topic of "Employee Engagement" and what companies can do to foster true engagement in the workplace.

  4. Employee Health Care Conference KeyNotes Report

    June 2012 | Conference KeyNotes

    With many details of health care reform unknown or still to come, some companies have decided to focus on their long-term health care strategy rather than mere compliance.

  5. Engaging Employees Through Your Brand

    April 2001 | Research Report

    Branding is well established as a marketing strategy, and, for most enterprises today, no market is more competitive than the market for employees.

  6. Establishing Value For HR Technology

    May 2004 | Research Report

    This report examines the impact of HR technology initiatives on overall corporate business strategies and explores how these innovations are helping companies create value.

  7. Europe's Progress in Promoting Work-Life and Diversity in the Workplace

    January 2007 | Executive Action Report

    Comprehensive anti-discrimination legislation now covers the European Union’s 27 member states, strongly affecting companies’ diversity and work-life management policies and practices.

  8. Evidence-Based Human Resources

    November 2009 | Key Findings

    Do people equal profit, and if so, how can companies prove it? Evidence-based human resources (EBHR) provides practitioners with the means to answer these questions.

  9. Evidence-Based Human Resources: A Practitioner's Guide

    June 2009 | Research Report

    This guide to Evidence-Based Human Resources provides practitioners with real live examples from early adopters of this innovative approach to human capital management.

  10. Evidence-Based Human Resources: A Primer and Summary of Current Literature

    December 2007 | Research Report

    Regardless of how well executives may extol the necessity to attract, grow, motivate, and retain talent, measuring talent management and, more importantly, empirically demonstrating its impact continue to lag behind.

  11. Executive Annual Incentive Plans

    April 1996 | Research Report

    Detailed analysis of incentive payments by industry sector and position.

  12. Executive Compensation Consulting: A Research Working Group Report on Best Practices

    September 2005 | Research Report

    This report presents a set of best practices developed by The Working Group on Executive Compensation Consulting to guide corporate managements and compensation committees in their use of executive compensation consultants.

  13. Extending Your Brand to Employees Conference KeyNotes Report

    August 2012 | Conference KeyNotes

    Over the last two years, companies have become more focused on employer branding, but determining the one meaningful brand message to communicate remains a challenge.

  14. Entrepreneurial Flame: How to Keep it Burning Brightly in Your Company

    December 2003 | Executive Action Report

    Maintaining the enthusiasm and motivation of your most creative, entrepreneurial-minded employees is difficult even in the best of times. Learn how some successful companies manage to always keep the entrepreneurial spirit flourishing.

  15. Evolving Relationship Between Compensation Committees and Consultants

    January 2006 | Research Report

    To ensure that outside consultants provide independent and neutral advice on executive compensation, board directors need to control all aspects of the relationship between the consultant and the compensation committee.

F

  1. Faith at Work: What Does It Mean to Be a “Faith-Friendly” Company?

    November 2006 | Executive Action Report

    How companies frame their response the “faith-at-work” movement will determine if the issue becomes a legal minefield or a source of competitive advantage.

  2. Faith at Work: What Does It Mean to Be a “Faith-Friendly” Company?

    November 2006 | Council Perspectives

    Though in its early stages, the "faith-at-work movement" is demanding serious attention from employers. How companies frame their response will determine if the issue becomes a legal minefield or a source of competitive advantage.

  3. Finding a Definition of Employee Engagement

    June 2007 | Executive Action Report

    Determining a practical definition of employee engagement is a personal exercise. Companies must determine, “What is employee engagement to us?” based on drivers such as company pride and manager relationships.

  4. Fitting the Work to the Worker: Recruiting, Engaging, and Retaining Employees with Disabilities

    August 2010 | Executive Action Report

    This year is the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. What are the barriers to and benefits of hiring and retaining people with disabilities?

  5. Forget the Free Sodas – They Don’t Motivate Anyone

    November 2004 | Executive Action Report

    The real key to employee productivity lies in passion. What five things can managers do to make employees care?

  6. Fostering Retirement and Financial Security in an Era of Individual Responsibility

    May 2012 | Executive Action Report

    Individuals must assume more responsibility for the adequate funding of their retirement years. Enlightened companies are providing their employees with tools to help.

  7. Future Organization: New Leadership and Employee Roles

    June 1999 | Research Report

    As traditional command-and-control management structures crumble in the dawning information era, companies are scrambling to build new organizational models.

  8. Future of Knowledge Management

    January 2005 | Executive Action Report

    The revolution never came—but that doesn’t mean that Knowledge Management is dead. In the ’90s, there was a belief that knowledge was critical of business and the gateway to innovation. KM was going to make a difference.

G

  1. A Global Barometer for Measuring Employee Engagement

    December 2009 | Research Report

    This report shows that a robust measure of employee engagement can be constructed with just eight basic questions—termed The Conference Board Employee Engagement Barometer.™

  2. Getting Started... Building a Culture of Innovation

    December 2002 | Executive Action Report

    For businesses today, there are two roads to profitability. One is a short-term fix—reducing operating costs. The other road, the one less traveled, is a more sustainable option—creating profitable new business growth.

  3. Giving in Numbers: 2013 Edition

    September 2013 | Research Report

    Fifty-nine percent of companies recommitted to their communities by giving more to charity in 2012 than they did before the recession took hold in late 2007.

  4. Global Talent Management: How Businesses Attract, Develop, and Retain the Best

    September 2006 | Executive Action Report

    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.

  5. Go Ahead: Sweat the Small Stuff

    June 2005 | Executive Action Report

    Microinequities among your fellow workers are more damaging than one might think - both to the left out employee and to the company itself.

  6. Go Where There Be Dragons

    October 2010 | Council Perspectives

    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.

  7. Goals and Incentives for a New Day

    August 2010 | Executive Action Report

    With resources scarce and the future uncertain, small and midsize companies are taking advantage of the business lull in 2010 to reset their goals and incentive-reward systems.

  8. Grand Designs

    October 2009 | The Conference Board Review

    IDEO CEO Tim Brown explains where ideas come from.

  9. Gray Skies, Silver Linings: How Companies Are Forecasting, Managing, and Recruiting a Mature Workforce

    December 2007 | Research Report

    Many mature workers want to keep working; many retirees want to work again. Companies can benefit from recruiting them—especially employers who want a workforce that mirrors their mature customer base.

     

  10. Gray Skies, Silver Linings: How Companies Are Forecasting, Managing, and Recruiting a Mature Workforce

    December 2007 | Key Findings

    Boomer retirements are a global reality. But individual businesses can’t know how they will be affected by this trend unless they analyze their own workforce data.

  11. Growing Talent for Succession

    October 2010 | Research Report

    This report is a playbook that explains how every business can lay the foundation for a growing talent (GT) plan.

  12. Growing the New Business Leader

    September 2006 | Executive Action Report

    Many companies are good at determining today’s leadership needs, but they aren’t anticipating their requirements three or four years down the road, let alone for the next decades.

H

  1. HIV/AIDS in the Workplace

    April 2008 | Research Report

    More than four out of five companies globally have AIDS/HIV prevention and treatment programs, but their emphasis and quality vary according to funding and local and corporate culture.

  2. HR Challenge: Staffing Up to Expand Overseas

    April 2008 | Executive Action Report

    Branching into foreign markets is not impossible for smaller companies, if they minimize the use of American ex-pats and tap into local talent, requiring research, partnerships, and pinpointing leadership potential.

  3. HR Outsourcing in Government Organizations

    August 2004 | Research Report

    This interview based report examines outsourcing of HR for government organizations, as the movement takes hold in government agencies.

  4. HR Outsourcing: Benefits, Challenges, and Trends

    April 2004 | Research Report

    This report provides an updated snapshot of current practices in the field by comparing the results of an earlier study with the findings of a recent survey.

  5. HR Technology Strategies: What is Driving Them Today?

    September 2002 | Research Report

    This study considers the HR technology plans and strategies of some major organizations.

  6. HR in Asia: Priorities in Compensation and Benefits

    April 2011 | Council Perspectives

    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.

  7. HR: You're Doing It Wrong: Is Your HR Leader a Glorified Administrative Assistant?

    July 2013 | The Conference Board Review

    Columnist Laurie Ruettimann argues that in too many companies, HR is a compliance-driven function that attracts candidates who are too qualified to work as administrative assistants but not qualified enough to go to law school.

  8. HR: You're Doing It Wrong: The Culture Myth

    September 2011 | The Conference Board Review

    Columnist Laurie Ruettimann makes the case that there's no such thing as a corporate culture.

  9. HR’s Role in Building a Culture of Innovation

    September 2005 | Executive Action Report

    Encouraging innovation is a high priority among CEOs. How can HR professionals gain a place at the strategy table by overcoming obstacles and fostering an innovation framework?

  10. High Performers: How the Best Companies Find and Keep Them

    May 2002 | Executive Action Report

    best practices--all resting on important changes in what employees value--for finding and keeping high peforming employees.

  11. Hispanics in the Workplace: Building Meaningful Diversity

    March 2006 | Executive Action Report

    As the Hispanic American population increases rapidly, diversifying the workforce so a company reflects its customers is a high priority for American business.

     

     

  12. How CEOs Turn Themselves (and Others) into True Leaders

    February 2008 | Executive Action Report

    Interviews with six mid-market CEOs suggest that smaller companies need to be more aware of the cultural attitudes and values affecting their ability to attract, retain, and develop talented employees.

  13. How Industry Leaders Get Customers to Fall in Love with Their Experience: Insights from The 2014 Customer Experience Conference

    May 2014 | Conference KeyNotes

    The keys to wowing your customers include having happy employees, putting customers first, and providing a personalized, interactive experience.

  14. How Much Do You Know? Too Much and Not Enough

    July 2011 | The Conference Board Review

    The most important thing that companies have learned in the past twenty years is that managing knowledge requires knowing more about both knowledge and management than a lot of big firms seem to know.

  15. How Teleworking Works Best: A Practical Guide for Managing Teleworkers

    October 2013 | Executive Action Report

    Successful managers of teleworkers are those who have learned to manage the work and not the workers, quantify deliverables and not hours at a desk, and communicate regularly and mindfully with all workers.

  16. How Teleworking Works Best: Organizational Shifts Ahead

    February 2014 | Executive Action Report

    As more people work from remote locations and are no longer tethered to brick and mortar facilities, flexible work arrangements like telework will simply be the way work is done.

  17. How Teleworking Works Best: The Business Case

    October 2013 | Executive Action Report

    Key to gaining corporate advantage from telework is understanding which jobs can be done remotely from the primary corporate locations and what skills and practices are required to support them.

  18. How Well Do Corporate Directors Know Senior Management?

    March 2014 | Director Notes

    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.

  19. How to Hire Top Performers
    (Hint: They Already Have Jobs)

    August 2006 | Executive Action Report

    Smaller companies don’t have to settle for less. Get an edge in the talent wars with shrewd targeting and robust retention strategies.

  20. How to Make Executive Coaching Work for Your Company and Executives

    February 2007 | Executive Action Report

    With demand growing for executive coaching services, successful programs enhance the skills of key future leaders and align performance to meet the needs of business.

  21. Huddled Masses? Why Helping Immigrants Helps Companies

    September 2008 | Executive Action Report

    A corporate philanthropy focus on immigrant integration can yield impressive returns for both business and society.

  22. Huddled Masses? Why Helping Immigrants Helps Companies

    September 2008 | Council Perspectives

    Immigration is a hot-button issue. When it comes to corporate philanthropy, the target should be immigrant integration. The payoff to both business and society can be handsome.

  23. Human Capital Challenges in Asia-Pacific 2011-2013: Driving Employee Engagement with Communication and Work-Life Balance

    July 2012 | Executive Action Report

    Companies that survey and measure employee engagement—and communicate organizational actions and results from senior leadership—are managing employee engagement effectively.

  24. Human Capital Challenges in Asia-Pacific 2011-2013: Strong Brands and Clear Career Paths Help Companies Run the Talent Race

    March 2012 | Executive Action Report

    Strong corporate branding and clear career paths for employees help companies to hire and keep talent in Asia-Pacific.

  25. Human Capital in Asia-Pacific, 2011-2013

    October 2011 | Executive Action Report

    Rapid growth in the Asia-Pacific region means that companies there are facing challenges in leadership development, talent acquisition, and retention.

  26. Human Capital in Review: Human Capital Analytics (Vol. 4, No. 2, 2014)

    September 2014 | Human Capital in Review

    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.

  27. Human Resources at Corporate Headquarters: A Management Update

    June 2003 | Research Report

    This study of how companies currently organize the human resources function at their corporate headquarters highlights key roles, responsibilities, and reporting relationships.

  28. Human Resources: Changing to Drive Business Strategy

    April 2008 | Executive Action Report

    Huge transformations in business are causing human resource professionals to adapt their strategies and operating procedures to become strategic partners to C-suite executives.

  29. Human Resources—Doing More With Even Less

    March 2002 | Executive Action Report

    Describes the competing priorities HR departments are currently faced with, evidence for the resilience and excellence of HR contributions, and the outlook for HR.

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  1. Implementing Strategic Workforce Planning

    June 2009 | Research Report

    This report highlights the implementation process for Strategic Workforce Planning---from simply connecting business strategy and HR strategy to becoming an input to business strategy that informs executive decision making.

  2. Implementing Strategic Workforce Planning

    June 2009 | Key Findings

    This report highlights the implementation process for Strategic Workforce Planning---from simply connecting business strategy and HR strategy to becoming an input to business strategy that informs executive decision making.

  3. Implementing a Post-Merger Integration

    January 2000 | Research Report

    Executives and business experts discuss some of the global trends in M&A and share their experiences in developing a strategic context for M&A integration, creating a corporate culture, and measuring integration success.

  4. In Sickness and in Health: Do companies care about their employees' well-being?

    April 2011 | The Conference Board Review

    Employers design wellness initiatives to enhance organizational performance and lower costs. Worker well-being is a side effect.

  5. Innovative Public-Private Partnerships: Welfare-to-Work Initiatives

    September 2000 | Research Report

    Some national businesses have surpassed their expected capacity as employers of welfare-to-work hires by collaborating with local partners to resolve major challenges to sustained employment and economic development.

  6. Innovative Public-Private Partnerships: Promoting the Hiring of Workers with Disabilities

    June 2001 | Research Report

    This publication documents corporate participation in many federal, state, and local programs designed to promote meaningful employment for persons with disabilities.

  7. Integrating Corporate Wellness Initiatives within Human Capital Strategy

    February 2013 | Executive Action Report

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

  8. Interim CEO: Reasonable Choice or Failed Selection?

    June 2014 | Director Notes

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

  9. Investing in the Future—the Importance of Cross-Sector Partnerships in Improving Workforce Readiness

    February 2008 | Executive Action Report

    Partnering with governmental and non-governmental stakeholders allows the business community to instill the values of accountability and responsibility into education, fostering innovation and productivity in the process.

  10. Is It Up to Business to Solve the Toughest Problems?

    January 2013 | The Conference Board Review

    Companies, argues benefits consultant Jennifer Benz, need to shoulder some of the responsibility for workers' struggles with obesity and financial insecurity.

  11. It’s about Trust and Training: Examining Your Organization’s Internal Coaching Practice

    June 2011 | Executive Action Report

    This report discusses ways in which an internal coaching program can provide a cost-effective approach for developing talent, as well as the potential obstacles to success posed by issues of training and trust.

  12. Impact of Board Dynamics on Shareholder Value Creation

    February 2014 | Director Notes

    Aristotle’s maxim that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts is alive and well in the boardroom. This report shows that better team dynamics among board members produces better financial performance.

  13. Impact of Mergers and Acquisitions on Corporate Citizenship

    June 2000 | Research Report

    Americans hold companies completely or partially responsible for operating profitably, paying their fair share of taxes, providing long-term jobs, and helping community projects. Yet M&A can put such actions in jeopardy.

  14. Impact of Workforce Reductions on Layoff “Survivors”

    November 2009 | Executive Action Report

    This Executive Action features data on how layoffs were conducted, what support is being offered to employees who are leaving and who are staying, and some write-in comments on how respondents’ roles and companies are changing.

  15. Incredible Disappearing Office: Making Telework Work

    May 2012 | Research Report

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

J

  1. Job Satisfaction Continues to Wither

    September 2003 | Executive Action Report

    A new Conference Board survey finds less than half of workers are satisfied with their jobs—and the discontent is growing among all age groups and income levels.

K

  1. Keeping the Talent Pipeline Filled in the Energy and Utility Industries

    July 2004 | Research Report

    An in-depth look at how utility and natural resource companies are recovering from the power outages and scandals over recent years, in the face of losing the expertise of mature workers as they retire.

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

    August 2014 | Conference KeyNotes

    For performance management to be more than mere compensation management, systems must be behavior focused, integrated into workflow and processes, and communicated with care to employees.

L

  1. Labor Market Transitions: from Recession to Recovery

    March 2010 | Executive Action Report

    This report explores the factors in a recovery that drive the employment level and the unemployment rate. It offers an analysis of where the U.S. labor market stands and where it may be headed.

  2. Leadership Development in Asia-Pacific: Identifying and Developing Leaders for Growth

    March 2006 | Research Report

    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.

  3. Leadership, Governance, and Accountability: A Pathway to a Diverse and Inclusive Organization

    August 2008 | Research Report

    Diversity is not just about hiring people who are different, but about linking their perspectives with business strategy for competitive advantage.

  4. Looking for Employees in All the Right Places

    December 2005 | Executive Action Report

    The buzz may be about the Internet and job boards, but recruiters shouldn’t write off that old stand-by—newspaper help-wanted print advertising.

M

  1. Making Over Leaders and Leadership Styles

    August 2004 | Executive Action Report

    Are the requirements of leadership changing? That is the question being asked as a new generation rises in the workplace.

  2. Management Challenges in a Changed World

    October 2001 | Executive Action Report

    Based on key issues identified by members of the executive Council program.

  3. Managing Corporate Citizenship Implications of Offshoring

    July 2005 | Executive Action Report

    How can companies handle operational downsizing/offshoring while treating its departing employees with respect and maintaining its reputation in the community?

  4. Managing Culture in Mergers and Acquisitions

    November 2001 | Research Report

    This study of cultural issues is designed to provide executives with a range of ideas and practices to improve the management of mergers and acquisitions and to contribute to the overall success of post-merger integration.

  5. Managing Diversity for Sustaining Competitiveness

    September 1997 | Research Report

    Companies have realized that diversity is beneficial to their bottom lines, will help them grow their business, and will help them remain competitive. Any diversity program requires C-suite support.

  6. Managing Knowledge in the New Economy

    June 1998 | Research Report

    What is knowledge management? And why should your company be using it? Find out with this report.

  7. Managing Talent in Asia: Leadership Challenges in a Time of Transition

    October 2005 | Executive Action Report

    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.

  8. Managing the Mature Workforce

    July 2005 | Research Report

    The maturing workforce is often seen as an issue instead of an opportunity. Companies willing to recruit and retain the members of this growing talent pool can benefit.

  9. Maximizing Rotational Assignments: A Handbook for Human Resources Executives

    June 2006 | Research Report

    This handbook explores the dynamics at play in identifying and executing business unit, geographic, and staff-line rotations.

  10. Measuring the Impact of Corporate Social Investments

    September 2014 | Research Report

    Social change is inherently difficult to capture, but there is growing interest among corporate social investors in demonstrating actual deeper impact. This report highlights select aspects of measurement and provides guidance.

  11. Meeting the Challenges of a Dispersed Workforce: Managing Across Language, Culture, Time and Location

    November 2008 | Research Report

    Distance managers succeed when they develop, support, and advocate for employees they see rarely. A survey finds managers think they’re doing a better job at this than their employees do.

  12. Meeting the Challenges of a Dispersed Workforce: Managing Across Language, Culture, Time and Location

    November 2008 | Key Findings

    This Working Group Report discusses issues like payoff from effective distance management, and selecting and developing employees for distance work.

  13. Middle Managers: Engaging and Enrolling the Biggest Roadblock to Diversity and Inclusion

    April 2007 | Executive Action Report

    Diversity practitioners, who challenge the status quo, frequently put themselves at direct odds with middle managers, who often are more concerned with preserving it.

  14. Middle Managers: Engaging and Enrolling the Biggest Roadblock to Diversity and Inclusion

    April 2007 | Council Perspectives

    Middle management is essential to the success of any diversity initiative – playing a key role in hiring, development and promotion decisions. But they're often at direct odds with diversity practitioners, who by definition challenge the status quo.

  15. Mind the Gap: Overcoming Organisational Barriers to Develop Inclusive Leaders

    August 2010 | Council Perspectives

    This report looks at the challenges Diversity and Inclusion (D&I),Talent Management, and Leadership Development professionals face in creating a corporate culture that embraces D&I as a core leadership trait, one that permeates functions and business unit

  16. Mission Critical: Controlling Costs ... Compassionate Downsizing: Making the Business Case for Education and Training for Transitioned Employees

    July 2002 | Executive Action Report

    Few organizations consider (or have the ability to quantify) the longer-term hidden costs of downsizing to their corporate reputation, customer loyalty, and employee morale, incentive, and productivity.

  17. Mismeasure of Work

    January 2011 | The Conference Board Review

    Where performance metrics go wrong.

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  1. A New Order: When revamping your corporate culture, the first rule is to have fewer rules

    January 2012 | The Conference Board Review

    To remain competitive, companies need to make the shift from “manager knows best” to “manager provides the tools and objectives and leaves people to achieve the results.”

  2. New Career Paths for Science-Trained Professionals: A Progress Report on the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation’s Professional Science Master’s Degree Program

    March 2003 | Research Report

    This report describes a joint project of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and The Conference Board to help ensure that science and technology industries continue to constitute a highly promising sector for economic growth in the United States and worldwide.

  3. New Graduates' Workforce Readiness: The Mid-Market Perspective

    February 2008 | Research Report

    New graduates have major deficiencies in basic and applied skills such as communications and critical thinking, but they are better prepared in technology application and teamwork.

     

  4. New Imperative: Driving Performance, Connecting to Value

    September 2014 | Conference KeyNotes

    Companies increasingly view health care as an important investment and want a greater return: they are still keenly interested in lowering costs but are also demanding better performance and value from providers.

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  1. On The Record with Ivan Seidenberg

    July 2008 | Executive Action Report

    The CEO of Verizon Communications, Inc., New York, New York, explains the importance of developing global managerial talent and implementing cost control methods.

  2. On the Record With.... Bertrand Collomb

    May 2006 | Executive Action Report

    Bertrand Collomb, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Lafarge, France discusses the challenges to innovation in Europe and the rising risk of a backlash against free markets and globalization.

  3. On the Record With.... Dr. Gerhard Cromme

    June 2006 | Executive Action Report

    Dr. Gerhard Cromme, Chairman of the Supervisory Board, ThyssenKrupp AG, Düsseldorf, Germany discusses market short-termism, mitigating risk through geographic diversity, and predicts that mergers and acquisitions will increase globally.

  4. On the Record With.... Lim Chee-Onn

    May 2006 | Executive Action Report

    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.

  5. On the Record With....Daniel DiMicco

    January 2004 | Executive Action Report

    Daniel DiMicco, CEO of Nucor Corporation, discusses, among other topics, the effects of consolidation in the steel industry and how to tap into the global workforce of the future.

  6. On the Record With...Alain J.P. Belda

    October 2004 | Executive Action Report

    Alain J.P. Belda, Chairman and CEO, Alcoa, Inc., New York discusses offshoring, global talent management, and the need for rebalancing corporate power by ensuring director independence.

  7. On the Record With...Julien De Wilde

    February 2005 | Executive Action Report

    An interview with Julien De Wilde, CEO, N.V. Bekaert S.A., Kortrijk (Belgium), regarding current forces in management and the marketplace and the trends expected to be faced in the future.

  8. On the Record With...Nandan M. Nilekani

    October 2004 | Executive Action Report

    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.

  9. On the Record With...Stan Shih

    November 2004 | Executive Action Report

    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.

  10. On the Record with Charles Allen

    September 2014 | Executive Action Report

    “Retaining people in the profession is definitely our biggest issue,” notes Charles Allen, CEO of accounting/consulting firm Crowe Horwath LLP. He tells us how his firm approaches this key human capital challenge.   

  11. Openers: Metrics and Micromanagement

    July 2012 | The Conference Board Review

    Empathy—really understanding life on the front lines—may be the only way to change a culture of micromanagement. Executives who understand the real impact of constant assessment might think twice before adding to everyone else’s to-do list.

  12. Organizing for Global Competitiveness

    May 2001 | Research Report

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

  13. Outsourcing HR in the Power Utilities and Energy Industry

    June 2004 | Research Report

    This report looks at the direction HR outsourcing is taking via the cumulative results of 40 in-depth interviews with top HR and chief executives in the power and utilities industry.

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  1. Peer Groups Understanding CEO Compensation and a Proposal for a New Approach

    April 2013 | Director Notes

    The use of external peer benchmarking in setting executive compensation has contributed to the problem of high and rising pay in the United States.

  2. Performance Management 3.0

    June 2013 | Research Report

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

  3. Performance Measurement During Merger and Acquisition Integration

    July 2000 | Research Report

    Most M&A transactions fail to live up to expectations, but companies that prioritize integration planning and target setting prior to closing are more likely to succeed than those that don’t.

  4. Performance Mismanagement

    July 2013 | The Conference Board Review

    To get results, organizations should consider not measuring people by them.

  5. Post-Merger Integration: A Human Resources Perspective

    September 2000 | Research Report

    Employees in both acquiring and acquired companies are the least visible constituency in the merger process, raising questions about assertions by top management that people are their most important assets.

  6. Post-Merger Organization Handbook

    June 1999 | Research Report

    Your company's just been merged. Now how do you blend your staffs, operations, and resources to make it work? The answers are here.

  7. Promoted to Fail? How Executive Coaching Can Improve Performance in Newly Promoted Executives

    September 2008 | Executive Action Report

    Executive coaching can facilitate a manager’s transition into a position with corporate-wide responsibilities, provided the coaching gives the manager awareness of the position’s complexity and the skills to address them.

  8. Putting Women on Equal Footing

    April 2003 | Executive Action Report

    For women, the road to gender parity in the corporate world is potholed with "microinequities," such as being interrupted or ignored, having ideas credited to male colleagues, being excluded from activities, and having to deal with jokes that target women

  9. Part-Time Executive

    January 2013 | The Conference Board Review

    Many top executives, particularly in Europe, are working less and accomplishing more.

  10. Pay Problem: It's not that we pay CEOs too much—it's that we pay everyone else too little.

    January 2013 | The Conference Board Review

    High CEO pay still gets all the attention, but it's no longer a problem that demands immediate fixing. What companies need to address is how they compensate everyone else.

R

  1. Re-sizing the American Corporation

    November 2002 | Executive Action Report

    Perhaps Enron—which by now has plenty of blue-chip companions (with possibly many more to come)—is just a symptom of a deeper movement under the sea.

  2. Reading the Tea Leaves: The Impact of China's Twelfth Five-Year Plan on Human Capital Challenges

    November 2012 | Research Report

    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.

  3. Ready to Innovate: Are Educators and Executives Aligned on the Creative Readiness of the U.S. Workforce?

    March 2008 | Key Findings

    This report provides the results of surveyed public school superintendents and American business executives (employers) asked to identify and compare their views surrounding creativity.

  4. Redefining the Employee Value Proposition: New Developments in Asia-Pacific

    February 2005 | Executive Action Report

    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.

  5. Redesigning HR for Mid-Sized Firms

    April 2004 | Executive Action Report

    Human Resources departments - of both large and mid-sized firms - choosing to outsource routine administrative tasks, are going through the same transitional pangs.

  6. Regional Headquarters: Roles and Organization

    May 2003 | Research Report

    This report examines a number of issues that are central to the existence and management of a regional organization and its headquarters in North America, Europe, and Asia-Pacific.

  7. Riding the Reform Innovation Wave: Implications for Health Care Organizations and Their CHROs

    March 2013 | Executive Action Report

    Chief human resources officers of health care companies are innovating and communicating with their employees to manage changes brought on by The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010.

  8. Risk Oversight: Evolving Expectations for Boards

    January 2014 | Director Notes

    Evolving expectations for oversight of management’s risk appetite and tolerance present challenges for boards. Boards should consider an objective-centric approach that links retained risks to strategic and foundation business objectives.

  9. Rallying Cry for Organizational Change

    October 2014 | Conference KeyNotes

    Companies should make change management a competency rather than an add-on. They can start by knowing the best practices for executing change and training employees in how to adapt to it.

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  1. SAP Implementation: Strategies and Results

    July 1998 | Research Report

    SAP can be a wonderful tool and a daunting challenge for a corporation. Here's the experience of more than 180 companies who've used SAP.

  2. SOP Drives Compensation Program Changes to Enhance Pay/Performance Link

    September 2011 | Director Notes

    This report examines recent compensation program changes made by some Fortune 500 companies to enhance the link between pay and performance in preparation for their first say-on-pay votes, and provides recommendations for companies to consider.

  3. Salary Budgets Holding Steady

    June 2006 | Executive Action Report

    A survey of HR executives of 441 companies reveals pay increases for most salaried workers will average only 3.5 percent this year and stay at that level through 2007.

  4. Salary Increase Budgets

    June 2002 | Executive Action Report

    2002 increases fell in many industries; a rebound is projected for 2003.

  5. Salary Increase Budgets 2003-2004: Business Remains in a Cautious Mood

    July 2003 | Executive Action Report

    With companies paying careful attention to controlling costs, median increases have moved significantly below 4 percent for the first time in a decade.

  6. Salary Increase Budgets 2004-2005: Despite Recovery, Mood Remains Cautious

    June 2004 | Executive Action Report

    For a second straight year, median salary increases have dropped well below four percent even though U.S. business is rebounding.

  7. Salary Increase Budgets 2005-2006: With Recovery Leveling Off, Mood Remains Cautious

    May 2005 | Executive Action Report

    Caution continues to be the prevailing mood when it comes to salary budgets, with continued attention paid to controlling costs. This is the third year in a row that median increases have fallen significantly below 4 percent.

  8. Salary Increase Budgets 2009: Financial Crisis Edition

    December 2008 | Executive Action Report

    The continuing negative economic growth forecasted well into 2009 is having an impact on compensation decisions in real-time.

  9. Salary Increase Budgets Holding Steady for 2009

    August 2008 | Executive Action Report

    Companies are responding to a sluggish economy by remaining disciplined on labor costs. Salary increase budgets for 2008 are below 4 percent and should remain near
    that level in 2009.

  10. Scenario Planning for Human Resources and Strategic Workforce Planning

    May 2014 | Research Report

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

  11. Setting Strategy for Pensions in the U.S. — Tough Choices and No Easy Answers

    July 2010 | Executive Action Report

    This report, based on discussions at The Conference Board Retirement Roundtable “Sharing Responsibility for Assuring Long-Term Retirement Security” looks at the factors influencing benefit decisions, examines the challenge of making individual responsibil

  12. Shifting the Focus: Updating Your Work-Life Approach to Integrate Employee Engagement and Talent Management

    May 2008 | Executive Action Report

    To recruit and retain a new generation joining the workforce, companies need to understand that work-life balance has moved beyond flextime, and adjust their work-life programs accordingly.

  13. Social Networking: How Companies Are Using Web 2.0 to Communicate with Employees

    November 2009 | Executive Action Report

    Companies are revamping their intranets to mirror the function and applications of social networking and they are seeing benefits such as keeping work-related ideas inside company firewalls and increased employee engagement

  14. Strategic Human Capital Measures: Orientation, Accountability, and Communication

    June 2008 | Research Report

    Human capital measurement can be a vital, strategic tool for companies that use it as more than a mere scorecard and share HCM reports with all managers.

  15. Strategic Talent Management: Where We Need to Go

    September 2013 | Research Report

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

  16. Strategic Workforce Planning Quarterly (Vol 1 Q2, 2009)

    May 2009 | Strategic Workforce Planning in Review

    The Strategic Workforce Planning Quarterly (SWPQ) is a quarterly review of recent literature related to Strategic Workforce Planning. The articles come from magazines, reports, blogs and other sources. The reviews summarize the main points of each article

  17. Strategic Workforce Planning Quarterly (Vol 1 Q3-4, 2009)

    June 2009 | Strategic Workforce Planning in Review

    The Strategic Workforce Planning Quarterly (SWPQ) is a quarterly review of recent literature related to Strategic Workforce Planning. The articles come from magazines, reports, blogs and other sources. The reviews summarize the main points of each article

  18. Strategic Workforce Planning Quarterly (Vol 2 Q1, 2010)

    January 2010 | Strategic Workforce Planning in Review

    This publication explores hot topics within strategic workforce planning research. This issue includes articles on: business intelligence, workforce analytics, game theory, contingent workforce management, and human capital risk.

  19. Strategic Workforce Planning Quarterly (Vol 2 Q2, 2010)

    August 2010 | Strategic Workforce Planning in Review

    This publication explores hot topics within strategic workforce planning research. This issue includes articles on: SWP at Astra Zeneca, Westpac, and IBM; SWP integration; regional workforce planning; and analytics software.

  20. Strategic Workforce Planning in Global Organizations

    January 2010 | Research Report

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

  21. Strategic Workforce Planning in Global Organizations

    January 2010 | Key Findings

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

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

    August 2006 | Research Report

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

  23. Strategies That Transform the Organization: Insights from The 2013 Senior Corporate Communication Management Conference

    March 2014 | Conference KeyNotes

    Today’s corporate communications departments are the equivalent of an internal media company that helps roll out new strategies, enhance customer experience, and increase employee engagement.

  24. Succession Planning....Without Tears

    December 2004 | Executive Action Report

    Rather than putting off succession planning and then rushing to hire from the outside when the time arrives, small companies would be better served by grooming leaders from within the firm.

  25. Sustainability Matters 2014: How Sustainability Can Enhance Corporate Reputation

    January 2014 | Research Report

    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.

  26. Sustaining the Talent Quest: Getting and Keeping the Best People in Volatile Times

    August 2002 | Research Report

    This report uses surveys and personal interviews to look at the shifting landscape of recruitment and retention through volatile economic times and the new strategies some companies are using to cope with these changes.

  27. Senior HR Executive Conference KeyNotes Report

    June 2012 | Conference KeyNotes

    As older workers are retiring and new technologies are emerging, many companies are having a difficult time filling jobs because job applicants and current employees often lack the necessary skills.

     

  28. Social Media for Human Resources Conference KeyNotes Report

    November 2013 | Conference KeyNotes

    As companies look to increase productivity of human capital, HR’s responsibility for innovation, talent development, and engagement has risen. Firms are using social media to excel in these areas.

  29. State of Human Capital 2012: False Summit

    October 2012 | Research Report

    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.

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  1. Take This Job and…

    February 2005 | Executive Action Report

    U.S. workers of all ages and income brackets are growing increasingly dissatisfied with their jobs.

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

    August 2013 | Executive Action Report

    To receive the maximum value from social media investments, companies must understand each channel and its unique benefits and features and be able to manage the related risks.

  3. Talent Management Value Imperatives: Strategies for Execution

    April 2005 | Research Report

    The prerequisite for integrated talent management is a “talent mind-set”—the belief that talent can be developed, differentiates organizational cultures, breeds competitive advantage, and is the future of the organization.

  4. Taming the Change Tiger: Transforming Chaos and Uncertainty into Opportunity

    October 2014 | Council Perspectives

    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.

  5. They Can Handle the Truth: In uncertain times, how to handle your employees' insecurity.

    April 2014 | The Conference Board Review

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

  6. Top Executive Compensation in 2001

    November 2002 | Research Report

    This annual report details the average 2001 compensation of the five highest-paid executives in 2,841 companies in 14 major industry sectors.

  7. Top Executive Compensation in 2008

    December 2008 | Research Report

    This year’s Top Executive Compensation in 2008 provides extensive analysis of compensation by industry, revenue, and compensation type.

  8. Top Executive Compensation in 2008 - Key Findings

    December 2008 | Key Findings

    This piece summarizes the Top Executive Compensation Report - an annual report which provides and analyzes compensation data for the top five executives as reported in proxy tables based on the new SEC requirements of 2008.

  9. Transforming the HR Function for Global Business Success

    February 1998 | Research Report

    HR executives are ramping up to work with line managers on global business issues. Here's a look at what's happening.

  10. Treat Your Employees Like Consumers: They don't all want the same things.

    April 2014 | The Conference Board Review

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

  11. Treating Contingent Workers as a Strategic Resource

    September 2010 | Executive Action Report

    While the use of temporary help of all kinds has increased, many companies do not have a centralized framework to make the most cost-efficient and strategic use of this new workforce.

  12. Turf Wars: When rules set "my department" against "our company"

    October 2011 | The Conference Board Review

    Parochialism is inevitable within an organization. Here's how to handle it.

  13. Turning Skills Into Profit: Economic Benefits of Workplace Education Programs

    July 1999 | Research Report

    Employers report that at least one employee skill and one economic benefit is gained from the workplace education program.

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  1. US Top Executive Compensation Report: 2014 Edition

    October 2014 | Research Report

    This report examines salary, total cash compensation, total compensation, and the mix of compensation elements for the CEO and the five highest paid executives of 2,283 US-listed companies by specific revenue and industry groups.

  2. Unique Challenges of Developing World-Class Business Leaders in Asia Pacific

    September 2004 | Executive Action Report

    Although leadership development is a concern for CEOs worldwide, some of the challenges are exaggerated in the Asian Pacific context.

  3. U.S. Salary Increase Budgets for 2011

    July 2010 | Research Report

    U.S. salary increase budgets remain historically low—for the second straight year the median increase is 2.5 percent.

  4. U.S. Salary Increase Budgets for 2010

    August 2009 | Research Report

    Salary increase budgets were hit hard in 2009. The good news for 2010 — budgets are projected to be higher. The bad news — the forecasted increase, at 3 percent, is the lowest in 25 years.

  5. U.S. Salary Increase Budgets for 2010—Winter Update

    January 2010 | Research Report

    Revised projections for U.S. Salary increase budgets in 2010 have dipped below 3 percent for the first time in more than two decades, barely staying ahead of The Conference Board’s forecasted inflation rate.

  6. U.S. Salary Increase Budgets for 2012

    June 2011 | Research Report

    The latest edition of The Conference Board survey of U.S. salary increase budgets found that these budgets will have a median increase of 3.00 percent in 2011.

  7. U.S. Salary Increase Budgets for 2013

    June 2012 | Research Report

    Based on a sample of 316 companies, this edition of The Conference Board survey of U.S. salary increase budgets reveals a median increase of 3 percent, just like last year.

  8. U.S. Salary Increase Budgets for 2014

    June 2013 | Research Report

    U.S. salary increase budgets for 2013 will have a median increase of 3 percent, just like last year. Projections for 2014 are also 3 percent.

  9. U.S. Top Executive Compensation Report: 2012 Edition

    August 2012 | Research Report

    Has scrutiny of CEO compensation since the financial crisis changed the way executives are paid? We examine the take of the five highest-paid execs of 2,411 companies to find out.

  10. U.S. Top Executive Compensation Report: 2013 Edition

    August 2013 | Research Report

    As in 2011, the food and tobacco industry in 2012 had the highest median CEO total compensation ($7.64 million) and second-highest total cash compensation among the 22 industries we examined.

  11. US Salary Increase Budgets for 2015

    August 2014 | Research Report

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

  12. Understanding Business Cycles: The Indicators Approach to Forecasting for Agility

    June 2013 | Research Report

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

  13. Understanding the People Factors in the Quest for Competitiveness

    July 1998 | Research Report

    Ultimately, corporate success comes down to your people. Here's a look at creating the right attributes in management and staff.

  14. Using Technology to Strengthen Employee & Family Involvement in Education

    October 1998 | Research Report

    Today's students are tomorrow's workforce and consumers. What can corporations do to help their education be productive? Here's some practical experience.

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

    March 2007 | Executive Action Report

    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.

  2. Value of Training in the Era of Intellectual Capital

    October 1997 | Research Report

    Executives find that measuring the value of training to be very complex and say that the methods of measurement need to be both more flexible and precise.

  3. Value at Work: The Risks and Opportunities of Human Capital Measurement and Reporting

    May 2002 | Research Report

    This study focuses on why and how companies are measuring their HC, how they are creating and using HC measures; and why and how they elect or decline to report HC measures to the investment community.

  4. Valuing Experience: How to Motivate and Retain Mature Workers

    April 2003 | Research Report

    This report examines the perspectives of HR executives and professionals on how to meet the needs of mature workers, attack workplace stereotypes, and encourage the transfer of valuable knowledge and skills.

  5. Valuing People in the Change Process

    March 2000 | Research Report

    Business leaders must wear many hats to manage change well; they must know if employees are change-oreinted and anticipate and prepare for the next big change.

  6. Voices of Experience: Mature Workers in the Future Workforce

    November 2002 | Research Report

    Presents the results of the Board's Life Planning Survey, which explored the retirement intentions and perspectives of 1645 employees aged 50 and above.

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  1. Watch What You Say!

    January 2011 | The Conference Board Review

    Business talk communicates less than you want—and more than you mean.

  2. Weights & Measures: What Employers Should Know about Obesity

    April 2008 | Research Report

    Corporate obesity-reduction programs are successful when employers display tact and sensitivity, but offering cash and prizes for pounds lost can work just as well.

     

  3. Weights & Measures: What Employers Should Know about Obesity — Key Findings

    May 2008 | Key Findings

    This report shines a spotlight on obesity, and offers some solutions, and the potential rewards and risks of taking action.

  4. What Do We Really Know about Effective Leadership in Change Management?

    January 2006 | Executive Action Report

    Despite extensive research over the last fifty years, there is still not a clear view of what it takes to be an effective leader in an organization.

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

    September 2013 | Executive Action Report

    Explore what human rights risk is, why companies should care, and how they can incorporate human rights due diligence into their business processes.

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

    July 2014 | Conference KeyNotes

    In the wake of say on pay, concern about proxy advisors’ reactions to their pay packages can blind companies to the reason for those packages: to drive performance and create shareholder value.

  7. Where Will the Jobs Go?

    July 2013 | The Conference Board Review

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

  8. Where's the Good Pizza Here? That and other, more serious, concerns your company must address when relocating people.

    April 2014 | The Conference Board Review

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

  9. Why All the Uncertainty, Fear and Doubt? Are Mergers and Acquisitions Bad for Workers?

    June 2001 | Research Report

    This study examines the effects of ownership changes on employment, wages, and plant closing for the entire U.S. manufacturing sector for the period 1977-1987.

  10. Why Bother Doing Strategy?

    July 2013 | The Conference Board Review

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

  11. Why Organization Design Is Critical To Global Leadership Development

    April 2005 | Executive Action Report

    Effective organizational design that measures skills and enables career development is crucial for successful leadership development.

  12. Women Advance Slowly But Surely in Top Management Ranks

    July 2003 | Executive Action Report

    Women have advanced in corporations both in the United States and Europe with the help of diversity programs and initiatives, but managerial mindsets can present obstacles.

     

  13. Women and Leadership: Creating Opportunities for Advancement

    June 2007 | Executive Action Report

    Women can advance in the workforce only if companies are more aggressive in promoting them to leadership positions—and women take advantage of increased
    opportunities.

  14. Women in Leadership: A European Business Imperative

    July 2002 | Executive Action Report

    When an organization puts women in key leadership positions they become a magnet for talented women and men.

  15. Women in Leadership: Putting Diversity Policies into Practice

    August 2004 | Executive Action Report

    Most large companies have diversity policies in place that include targets for recruiting and advancing more women into leadership roles, but they still face the challenges of implementing the policies successfully while growing their business.

  16. Women in Leadership: The Diversity Imperative—Supporting Actions for Change

    August 2005 | Executive Action Report

    There are considerable gender gaps in employment status, pay levels, and career outlook in Europe despite roughly equal numbers of well-educated males and females. Are senior executives willing to take steps to correct the imbalance?

  17. Women of Color: Strategies for Leadership Success

    June 2006 | Executive Action Report

    While high-level women of color encounter many of the same gender stereotypes as senior white female executives, they also face unique challenges that can be overcome by networking and planning.

  18. Women on Boards: Beyond Quotas

    September 2014 | Director Notes

    Many countries are realizing that quotas may fail to address the root causes of the shortage of women on boards and are examining alternative approaches to creating true gender diversity.

  19. Women's Leadership: Revitalizing Women’s Initiatives

    July 2008 | Executive Action Report

    There are suggestions that women's advancement in corporate America has plateaued or even slipped in recent years. But many companies remain committed to initiatives designed to support women’s careers.

  20. Work-Life Initiatives in a Global Context

    June 1999 | Research Report

    This report, based on the 1999 Work and Family conference in New York, evaluates how this strain affects workers and businesses on a global level.

  21. Work-Life and Diversity: Local Needs and Business Relevance Drive Success

    November 2004 | Executive Action Report

    Spurred on by the new European Union-wide anti-discrimination legislation, inclusion policies and practices are being adopted by Europe-based organisations. Which approaches will succeed?

  22. Workforce Readiness Initiative

    October 2007 | Research Report

    When it comes to improving workforce readiness and education, the public and private sectors must work to rebuild trust and remove the lens of suspicion through which they view each other.

  23. Working at the Intersection of Human Resources and Business Ethics – the Need for Collaboration

    January 2008 | Executive Action Report

    To be effective, corporate ethics and compliance programs must be closely aligned with standard human resources and talent management processes.

  24. Working at the Intersection of Human Resources, Ethics, and Compliance - The Need for Collaboration

    October 2009 | Research Report

    The publication pursues cultural and organizational issues that may limit this collaboration, human resources' potential leadership role, and ways of introducing metrics into the equation.

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

    July 2014 | Conference KeyNotes

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

  26. Workspace: 9 to 5 is so last century

    October 2011 | The Conference Board Review

    Columnist Alison Maitland argues that today's flexible work arrangements should not be mere employee perks.

  27. Workspace: Face-to-Face Fallacies

    April 2013 | The Conference Board Review

    Columnist Alison Maitland looks critically at workplace strategies of Google and Yahoo!, calling them "retrograde attitudes from Internet giants."

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