Growth, Productivity & Competitiveness Publications

CEO Challenge®

  1. CEO Challenges in the Gulf Region

    April 2014 | CEO Challenge®

    CEOs in the Gulf region reported a significantly different set of priorities than did CEOs globally, with strategies that reflect the particular business challenges of a resource-rich, energy-dependent region.

  2. 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.

China Center Publications

  1. China Center Chart Dive: Be Aware of China's Impending Retirement Surge

    February 2017 | China Center Publications

    The age-group composition of China’s population has reached a critical turning point: over the next 15 years, its old-age dependency ratio will double.

  2. China Center Data Flash: Slowdown to Resume in 2017

    February 2017 | China Center Publications

    On January 20, China’s official 2016 GDP growth was announced to be 6.7 percent, meeting the target range set by the government. Lower growth is anticipated for 2017 as economic policies slowly shift from growth supporting to risk curbing.

  3. China Center Chart Dive: China's Long March toward a Diminishing Labor Supply

    January 2017 | China Center Publications

    China is currently experiencing a pronounced demographic shift that will have a serious impact on MNCs in China. Over the past decade, it has transformed from a nation with an abundance of young people to one with an increasingly aged population.

  4. China Center Chart Dive: New GDP Projections Suggest Ongoing "Soft Fall" to Continue

    December 2016 | China Center Publications

    The Conference Board has released its updated global growth projections for 2017, and the next two five-year periods. Our projection for China shows a continuation of the “long soft fall” in GDP growth to 3.8 percent in 2017, down from 3.9 percent in 2016.

  5. China Center Quick Note: The US election-an unexpected de-stabilizer

    November 2016 | China Center Publications

    Donald Trump’s likely behavior toward China is almost entirely unknowable; until more of his intentions are clarified MNC leaders will need to adjust to a period of persistent uncertainty.

  6. China Center Quick Note: New China Model(s) -- Revisiting the MNC Playbook for a Rapidly Changing China

    November 2016 | China Center Publications

    History shows that alignment with and contribution to desired growth model outcomes, as recognized and appreciated from the perspective of China’s leading group at the time, can beget market opportunities for MNCs, quid pro quo.

  7. China Center Quick Note: Expect Speed Bumps on the Road to Supply Side Structural Reform

    October 2016 | China Center Publications

    Since its official promulgation at the Economic Work Conference in December 2015, the Supply Side Structural Reform program has emerged as the biggest and most important economic policy initiative of the Xi Jinping administration. 

  8. China Center Data Flash: Temporary Stabilization—But No Improvement in Fundamentals

    October 2016 | China Center Publications

    The data from August suggested strengthening growth in industrial production, retail sales, and exports. This has led many analysts to conclude that China is “muddling through” just fine. However, our outlook for the resumption of gradually slowing growth in 2H16 and into 2017 remains unchanged.