Research Working Groups
Research Working Groups help executives get ahead of emerging, enterprise-wide issues quickly and cost effectively. Watch this short video to learn more about our members and their experience.
Exploring vital issues, together
“People talk about the value of real estate and machines. But the value of an idea can be worth so much more.” Satyam Cherukuri, retired CEO, SRI International & former Chair, The Conference Board Executive Council
What are Research Working Groups?
Research Working Groups (RWG) were developed by The Conference Board to bring together executives across industries to address current and emerging business issues. Working with top specialists and thought leaders, RWG participants identify solutions to a critical challenge while developing a wider perspective and deeper knowledge.
Together they build the tools and templates they need to effect change throughout their organizations.
How do Research Working Groups work?
Research Working Groups typically span six months, with three in-person meetings and interim virtual meetings. Members work in a confidential, “hands on” environment that encourages the frank exchange of ideas as they review data, analysis, research, and their own practices.
With the guidance of subject matter experts and facilitators from The Conference Board, the group sets its own agenda for full exploration of the issue at hand. Members share their experiences, failures, and successes.
Thought leaders enrich the dialogue. Perspectives expand. Perceptions change.
What do Research Working Group participants take away?
Every Research Working Group produces a comprehensive summary report or another deliverable of the group’s choosing, comprising detailed findings, conclusions, and recommendations for action. And every participant takes away fresh understanding, renewed purpose, an enhanced network of peer executives, and a new action plan for business success.
With The Conference Board’s power to convene, Research Working Groups:
- Partner with companies to solve compelling problems
- Benchmark across industries
- Provide cost-effective solutions