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 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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. 

  4. 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. 

  5. China Center Slidicle: Middle-Aged Women in China—An Unutilized Workforce Opportunity?

    October 2016 | China Center Publications

    Although population aging is unarguably the key driver of China’s constricting labor supply, gender and age discrimination with respect to female workers make matters worse.

  6. China Center Quick Note: China's New "Going Out"

    August 2016 | China Center Publications

    China’s previous Going Out campaign was dominated by large, old-economy, industrial SOEs, but that has changed rapidly over the past two years; new key players – both State and private – are now focused on new-economy innovation prizes.

  7. China Center Quick Note: China & Brexit

    July 2016 | China Center Publications

    There are several ways to assess China’s exposure to the events in Europe, including examining China’s engagement with the UK and the EU in terms of international trade, FDI flows, and the RMB. Equally important, however, is to consider what Brexit means for China’s engagement with Europe on a geo-economic and geopolitical scale. 

  8. China Center Quick Note: China's 2015 GDP Assessment

    March 2016 | China Center Publications

    In collaboration with Professor Harry Wu, The Conference Board recently completed an alternative GDP estimate for China for 2015 as well as a revision of the previous alternative series, focusing on the period from 2000 onward. We arrive at an estimate of 3.8 percent growth for 2015.