Global Value Chains Publications
Adding Value in Shared Services . . . Insourcing, Outsourcing, and Offshoring
July 2004 | Executive Action Report
Companies are closely examining insourcing, outsourcing, and offshoring to decide which approach delivers the best support services at the lowest cost. What is the best solution?
Assessing the Risks of an Economic Downturn in Japan
April 2011 | Executive Action Report
The earthquakes, tsunami, and nuclear disaster in Japan will undoubtedly have a negative effect on Japan’s economy, but there is more to the story.
Avoiding the Digital Desert
November 2013 | Executive Action Report
Globally, technology developments are taking place at an unprecedented and ever-increasing pace, but, in many respects, European policies and attitudes seem frozen in time.
Bridging the Logistical Divide: Integration of Poor Countries in Global Supply Chains
August 2008 | Executive Action Report
The growth of larger, developed world markets compounds the difficulty faced by small-market countries struggling to achieve sustainable growth and close the gap between rich and poor nations.
China CEO Council Insights: The Gateless Gate -- The Future for Foreign Investors in China
November 2013 | China Center Publications
A summary of discussion points, learnings, business issues, and member insights from the November 14, 2013, China CEO Council, convened by the Conference Board's China Center
China CEO Council Session Report -- Facing Change: Sustaining and driving growth during uncertain times in China
August 2014 | China Center Publications
A summary of discussion points, learnings, business issues, poll results, and member insights from the June 12, 2014, China CEO Council, hosted by The Conference Board in Beijing.
China Center Chart of the Week: China is gaining share of global manufacturing value addition
March 2014 | China Center Publications
China’s global value chain (GVC) share in global manufacturing rose from 4.2 percent in 1995 to 16.7 percent in 2011, which is solid evidence of China’s manufacturing competitiveness.
China Center Data Flash: Unhealthy Q2 growth – pursuit of the target at the expense of reform
July 2014 | China Center Publications
China’s official Q2 GDP growth came in at 7.5 percent y-o-y, according to data from the National Bureau of Statistics. Our alternative measures suggest that China is growing closer to 5.5 percent.
China Center Quick Note: Don’t Hold Your Breath for the Emerging Market Sell Off
April 2014 | China Center Publications
In recent weeks, fears of a sharp correction in emerging market financial conditions caused by the Fed’s change in its monetary policy have caused consternation among investors and policy makers.
China Center Quick Note: Protecting the “home team” -- the flagging and flogging of the foreign-invested dairy sector
September 2013 | China Center Publications
Multinational consumer brands appear to be under attack from regulators and state-sponsored media in China—if not overtly, then at least with aggressive, “nonnational treatment.” >
China Center Quick Note: RMB band-widening -- Short-term volatility, long-term vulnerability
April 2014 | China Center Publications
The Chinese central bank announced a widening of the daily trading band for the US-CNY exchange rate last month. What are the ramifications of this change for economic policy?
Communicating For Global Competitive Advantage
August 1997 | Research Report
If companies want to win global competitive advantage faster than the competition, they need to communicate better than their competitors to all stakeholders and have a global state of mind.
Corporate Sustainability Disclosure in China
October 2013 | Executive Action Report
Environmental and labor regulations abound in China, but supervision and enforcement are seriously lacking. Chinese businesses acutely need more transparency, better disclosure, and better performance in sustainability.
Changing Chinese Supply Chain
November 2013 | Executive Action Report
This report presents detailed information about managing supply chains in China and the characteristics of a successful risk management program.
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.
Deep Dive Exchange Insights: Wage Escalation in China -- What Assumptions Make Sense for the Future?
October 2013 | China Center Publications
A summary of discussion points, learnings, business issues, and implications from the China Center's October 2013 Deep Dive Exchange session on wage escalation in China.
Financial Services Offshoring: Moving Toward Fewer Captives and Global Cost Competitiveness
March 2010 | Executive Action Report
Financial services companies show greater interest than other sectors in contracting with large international providers and becoming more cost competitive by moving operations to lower labor cost locations
Global Supply Chain Labor Standards
May 2012 | Director Notes
This report examines the adoption of supplier codes of conduct and supply chain labor policies; a framework for implementing supply chain sustainability programs, and media coverage, proxy voting guidelines and shareholder proposals related to this topic.
Growing Value of Brands and Their Contribution to Worldwide Economic Growth
July 2014 | Executive Action Report
The contribution of brands is comparable to that of R&D in most advanced economies. Moreover, the wealthier a country grows, the more its companies spend on getting out their brand message.
How Growth Creates Value: Aligning Your Enterprise
September 1998 | Research Report
Here's how some companies have planned for growth—and succeeded.
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.
IT Outsourcing Trends
March 2001 | Research Report
While nothing prevents companies from bringing outsourced functions back in-house, most companies do not. Despite the difficulties involved, outsourcing provides a better solution over the long term.
Improving Project Results: Operating “Below-the-Line” to Produce Real Value
December 2004 | Executive Action Report
Project teams and their sponsors rarely acknowledge the risk that their project’s outcomes will not translate into the intended benefits to the organization. How can you keep a project on track for real results?
Linked World: How ICT is Transforming Societies, Cultures and Economies
October 2011 | Research Report
This report is based on a two-year global research project with the Telefónica Foundation. It aggregates several studies on how information and communication technology has affected societies, economies, cultural relationships, and human interaction.
Making It in Manufacturing: Becoming Lean to Compete Globally
December 2005 | Executive Action Report
Companies in higher-wage countries can remain competitive by being lean, taking time to get to know their customers, and maximizing technological advantages.
Managing Supply Chain Risks
April 2003 | Executive Action Report
"Just-in-time" supply chain management, while providing the needed speed and visibility to operate in today's complex supply chain environment, also exposes companies to large-scale disruptions, especially in times of conflict.
Managing Supply Chain Sustainability and Risk
July 2014 | Director Notes
Addressing supply chain risk and sustainability in isolation may put a firm at considerable risk. Companies should pursue strategies that recognize that supply chain risk and sustainability are inextricably intertwined.
Meeting the Challenge of Global Logistics
February 1998 | Research Report
As the entire world provides you with suppliers, your challenges—and opportunities—in logistics grow. Here's a look at what you can do.
Moving the World - A Case Study in CSR Partnership
November 2005 | Executive Action Report
Moving the World, a partnership between the international company TNT and the United Nations, shows how two organizations can combine strengths to make a difference ?and increase competitiveness and reputation.
Options for a Sustainable Long-Term Growth Path in Spain
September 2013 | Global Debt and Growth Series
Spain’s accumulation of debt since 2008 is the product of a severe recession and having to bail out private banks, not precrisis fiscal mismanagement.
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.
Organizing for Global Competitiveness: The Corporate Headquarters Design
March 1999 | Research Report
How should you organize corporate headquarters to compete successfully around the world? This survey shows how 89 organizations do it.
Responding to Hurricanes: Lessons for Emergency Preparedness
February 2011 | Executive Action Report
This Executive Action includes issues and checklists for companies who are preparing their own response plans.
Revisiting Japan a Year after the Earthquake: A Slower than Expected Recovery
March 2012 | Executive Action Report
One year after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, the country is still suffering the economic aftershocks.
Risk and Security in Corporate Supply Chain Networks: Moving From Operational to Strategic Concern
June 2010 | Executive Action Report
Supply chain risk management is a critical strategic activity that should take center stage in the decision making of any corporation
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.
Shared Services: Achieving Higher Levels of Performance
March 1998 | Research Report
Is shared services an idea whose time has come? Read how it's worked for these major organizations.
Shifts in the Supply Chain Equation Provide Opportunities for Mid-Market Companies—and Concerns
April 2013 | Executive Action Report
Constantly shifting production and transportation costs mean it’s back to the drawing board for many companies.
Smart Sourcing: A Boost to Sourcing Value Creation
June 2008 | Executive Action Report
Applying well-known financial analysis tools to sourcing planning and decision-making allows managers to base outsourcing decisions on fact, not fiction.
Sourcing at Home: Is the United States a Viable Component of a Global Services Portfolio?
October 2013 | Council Perspectives
The United States makes a good “and/also” sourcing destination and component of a delivery services framework, but policy roadblocks still preclude it from being a viable alternative to offshoring.
Strengthening the Weakest Link: Building Resilient Global Supply Chains
June 2012 | Executive Action Report
Although the benefits of global supply chains have been significant, they have also made companies more vulnerable to disruptions.
Supplier Diversity in the 21st Century
December 2009 | Council Perspectives
Today the the main task of supplier diversity executives is ensuring that the organizational commitment remains intact during turbulent economic times.
Supplier Diversity: Helping to Enhance the Corporate Brand
April 2011 | Council Perspectives
This Council Perspectives points out how supplier diversity can create a competitive advantage for an organization and encourages leaders to think beyond the function’s traditional role.
Supply Chain Benchmarking: Process and Methodology
June 2010 | Council Perspectives
Supply chain operations within an organization should be constantly reviewed to identify where improvements can be made.
Supplier Diversity Value Proposition:
What Every Organization’s Important Stakeholders Need to Know about Supplier Diversity
May 2012 | Council Perspectives
In order to serve the needs of a changing customer base, companies should review and, if necessary, rejuvenate their supplier diversity programs.
Tighten Your Supply Chain to Wring Out Costs
January 2009 | Executive Action Report
This report features insights and practical advice from corporate executives and supply-chain experts, and helpful suggestions for recruiting logistic specialists.
Toward a Framework for Supply Chain Leadership
December 2006 | Executive Action Report
Supply chain leadership (SCL) has been largely a learn-as-you-go endeavor, with many companies learning the same lessons over and over again.
Transforming the Supply Chain
March 2002 | Research Report
This report is based on a survey of supply chain executives, who comment on organizing for the supply chain effort, the role of suppliers, and the use of new technologies (including e-purchasing and B2B marketplaces).
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.
When Disaster Strikes: Ensuring an Intact Supply Chain
November 2001 | Executive Action Report
Addresses the factors in place that lessened the damage to the U.S. global supply chain post-September 11th and those areas of supply chain function that were affected by the tragedy, the anthrax mail incidents, and the war against terrorism.
When the Supply Chain Snaps
August 2010 | The Conference Board Review
How Cisco started to get things right after things weren't right from the start.
Where Did Productivity Go? Can Incentives to Grow the Workforce Be Found?
October 2013 | Global Debt and Growth Series
From 1990-2012, Japan’s gross debt/GDP increased from 68 percent to 237 percent. Today, productivity is low and falling, the workforce is shrinking, and deflation and debt-deflation risks loom large.