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Strategic Thinking Blogs

Formulates objectives and priorities, and implements plans consistent with long-term interests of the organization in a global environment. Capitalizes on opportunities and manages risks.


  1. Book Discussion: Governance Professors Explain Revolutionary Board Model
    The authors of the book “Outsourcing the Board: How Board Service Providers Can Improve Corporate Governance” recently sat down with Governance Center Executive Director Doug Chia to discuss their unique idea for a new corporate board model. A video of that discussion is available on-demand.
    (The Governance Center Blog, October 2018)

  2. Temporary Limitations: Why Europe Uses Temporary Workers More Frequently than the US Does
    The share of workers employed in temporary contracts declined from an already low level in 2005. employers still grappling with how to incorporate labor market platforms and other recent technological innovations into hiring practices. Employers continue to value lasting relationships with employees and care deeply about the skills and work habits of those they employ.
    (Labor Markets Blog, October 2018)

  3. Why are labor markets for blue-collar workers tighter than for white-collar ones?
    The labor shortages in blue-collar jobs are unlikely to disappear any time soon. An important reason: The combination of the US population becoming more educated and the concentration of disability among less educated people is significantly reducing the share of less educated people in the labor force.
    (Labor Markets Blog, October 2018)

  4. Non-Traditional Workers Are Less Satisfied at Work, Especially Men
    A forthcoming 2018 report by The Conference Board on non-traditional work is set to address the lack of growth and impact alternative work arrangements will have on the U.S. labor market. Hiring workers through alternative arrangements is certainly a viable option for many employers, but satisfaction levels may make it difficult for employers to significantly change their share of non-traditional workers.
    (Labor Markets Blog, October 2018)

  5. Measuring Success in Making a Difference
    Companies need to build a mechanism to gauge consumers’ preferences for causes and integrate that with a measurement framework across all stakeholders of an organization. Sumair Sayani, vice president at Nielsen and Consumer Dynamics co-Center leader, suggests what this model might look like.
    (Consumer Dynamics Center Blog, October 2018)

  6. On Governance: Stock Buybacks – A Recent Trend That May Change Executive Compensation Pay Practices
    Care should be taken to avoid enrichment of executive pay packages as a result of a stock buyback. The selection of performance measures and corresponding performance levels can be one of the most difficult aspects of designing an incentive compensation program for executives.
    (The Governance Center Blog, October 2018)

  7. ESG Reporting: A Route Through a Maze
    There has been dramatic growth in ESG (Environmental, Sustainability and Governance) investing during the past 20 years – but along with this positive trend comes an equally dramatic rise in ESG reporting requirements, and a proliferation of rating agencies and assessment tools.
    (Sustainability Center Blog, October 2018)

  8. Why Manage Sustainability in your Supply Chain?
    Embedding sustainability into the supply chain makes good business sense. Embracing sustainable procurement practices can help companies manage business risks, achieve costs savings through material efficiency gains, enhance their brand reputation, and manage suppliers more effectively. But success requires a focus on real-world impact rather than inputs and activities.
    (Sustainability Center Blog, October 2018)

  9. On Governance: New California Law – Don’t Fear the Gender Quota
    California's new corporate board quota law marks the first time a U.S. state will mandate gender diversity. It will put pressure on companies to be more diverse. While it will most likely be challenged in court, companies potentially affected could begin managing internal targets for naming female directors and disclosing to stakeholders who can assess whether their intentions match their outcomes.
    (The Governance Center Blog, October 2018)

  10. On Governance: California Becomes the First State to Impose Gender Quotas on Corporate Boards
    Even if the new gender diversity law is successfully challenged, the fact of it having been enacted by the State of California sends a strong signal. It is an important consideration for boards to incorporate in their board composition deliberations.
    (The Governance Center Blog, October 2018)