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Which regions and sectors of the global economy are winning in productivity and competitiveness, and why?

Which regions and sectors of the global economy are winning in productivity and competitiveness, and why?  

Productivity is an important driver of profitability, but what drives productivity? To understand the determinants of productivity growth, companies must look at technology, innovation, management competencies, and regulation in highly competitive sectors, companies, and economies. They must answer such questions as why productivity has more impact in export and technology-intensive industries than in domestic and service industries. Exploring these relationships will help companies compete better in emerging markets.

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Human Capital Watch™: Looming Productivity Crisis: Future-Skill Your Workforce

15 June, 2016 | Human Capital Watch™

Recruiting, engaging, and retaining a  high-skilled workforce are critical in reversing this productivity slowdown. Research from TCB and the Committee for Economic Development discusses what’s behind this worsening trend and addresses ways in which Human Capital leaders can focus their efforts to reskill employees in order to improve business efficiency and profitability. CPE credit is available.

The Keys to Improving Productivity Performance 

15 September, 2015 | Knowledge Series®

The global economy is drifting into a productivity crisis, and if current productivity trends continue, competitiveness and profitability may suffer. How do business leaders move their companies to the frontier of productivity performance and beyond? What are challenges and opportunities? CPE credit is available.

Strengthening Manufacturing Competitiveness

27 July, 2015 | Knowledge Series®

Productivity growth is the vital component for sustaining business profitability in a slow growth environment, and we have recently completed a new report to help you address the impacts of productivity on both a national and global scale. Find out which regions and sectors of the global economy are winning in productivity. CPE credit is available.

The Conference Board Economics Watch® - Emerging Markets View

11 June, 2015 | Economics Watch®

In a more challenging and turbulent environment how can businesses remain competitive? Be among the first to explore our recent findings on global productivity and competitiveness and stay ahead of the curve. CPE credit is available.

The Conference Board Economics Watch® - European View

10 June, 2015 | Economics Watch®

As demand slowly returns and labor markets recover, could low productivity put a ceiling to the pace of recovery? Which regions and sectors are most productive? Join us to explore our newest research and assess your own competitiveness.

The Conference Board Economics Watch® - Slow Productivity Set to Impact Profits

09 June, 2015 | Economics Watch®

The current trend in US productivity growth is weak and could pose a significant challenge to business profitability. Join us for an interactive discussion on productivity, who’s winning, and why in this month’s edition of Economics Watch.



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US – Japan Business Leaders Forum on Productivity 2019

For Productivity Dialogue Among Top Business Leaders of Japan, the US, and Germany.
April 12, 2019 | NYC
1st Business Leaders’ Forum on Productivity

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