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Leading Through Uncertainty Publications

Makes decisive decisions and implements business strategies despite uncertainty. Leads through change, acting without perfect information, adjusting as needed to changing conditions.

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  1. Long Arm of the Law: GDPR's Impact on HR Data

    June 2018

    GDPR mandates that human capital data, much of which qualifies as “sensitive,” be protected vigorously. What’s HR’s role in protecting the personal data of employees, applicants, and contingent workers?


  1. 22 Truths about Organization Design: Insights from the 2017 Organization Design Conference

    December 2017

    Nothing lasts for long in today’s volatile business climate—not even your latest organization design. Designs should enable agility and digital adaptability, embracing new ways of thinking while retaining core values.

  2. China Center Quick Note: Politics in Command - China after the 19th Party Congress

    October 2017

    The 19th Party Congress and its subsequent 1st Plenum, which ran October 18-25, had been widely anticipated for nearly a year. With the dust just now settling, we begin the difficult work of interpreting what actually transpired at the Congress and what it means for foreign investors in China.

  3. Sharing the Lead: Examining the Causes and Consequences of Lead Independent Director Appointment

    August 2017

    The power balance between the CEO and the board largely determines how and whether a lead independent director is appointed as well as what effect the appointment has on firm performance and the likelihood of CEO/chair separation.

  4. China Center Reference Paper: The New China Ideology -- Trump's Team

    April 2017

    The people the new president surrounds himself with will shape the future of US-China business relations. Who are they and what do we know about their thinking?

  5. Conference Board Economics Watch Emerging Markets View

    January 2017

    Rising uncertainties cast a heavy cloud over growth in emerging markets in 2017.


  1. Conference Board Economics Watch® Emerging Markets View

    September 2016

    Emerging economies are likely to have another challenging year in 2016.

  2. Conference Board Economics Watch® European View

    September 2016

    Reactions three months after the Brexit referendum show greater-than-expected resilience in the Euro Area. But can growth be sustained?

  3. China Center Quick Note: Back to Basics -- The CCP at 95

    September 2016

    Since assuming command of the Communist Party of China (CCP) in late 2012, Xi Jinping has overseen one of the most fundamental transformations of the party in at least three decades. Already, this shift has effectively changed, and will continue to change, the government relations requirements for MNCs in China.

  4. StraightTalk® Global Economic Outlook 2016: Will Greater Uncertainty Lead to Business Investment Paralysis?

    September 2016

    Will greater uncertainty lead to business investment paralysis? In this issue of StraightTalk, Chief Economist Bart van Ark looks at the business implications of economic uncertainty and weakening of US corporate profits.

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