Business Scenarios & Strategic Planning Publications

2016

  1. 25 Truths about M&A: Insights from the 3rd Annual Corporate Development Conference

    December 2016 | Conference KeyNotes

    Although mergers & acquisitions activity in early 2016 declined from 2015’s record levels, nearly half of CEOs expect to conduct a domestic transaction this year, and a third expect to do a cross-border deal. 

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. What is the Global Economic Outlook for 2017?

    November 2016 | Key Business Issues Listing

    As we enter year six of global stagnation, deliverance remains elusive. Uncertainty is causing investment inertia, leaving business to push for new policies in hopes of finding a path to progress.

  5. StraightTalk® Global Economic Outlook 2017: Bucking the Trend—Overcoming Uncertainty, Shocks, and Disruption with Qualitative Growth

    November 2016 | Key Business Issues

    As we enter year six of global stagnation, deliverance remains elusive. Uncertainty is causing investment inertia, leaving business to push for new policies in hopes of finding a path to progress.

  6. Transforming Electric Power Generation for a Low-Carbon Environment

    October 2016 | Research Report

    If emerging markets in East and South Asia continue to use coal because it is cheap and domestically available (secure), greenhouse gas emissions will continue to rise.

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

    September 2016 | Key Business Issues

    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.

  8. Global Economic Outlook 2016: What Lies Ahead for Corporate Profits in Mature Economies?

    September 2016 | Research Report

    Until 2014, profits for US corporations were growing at record levels, despite lackluster growth across mature economies. Since 2014, and moving forward, US corporations are facing headwinds which may slow profit growth.

  9. 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.

  10. US Salary Increase Budgets for 2017

    July 2016 | Research Report

    US salary increase budgets for 2016 have a median increase of 3.00 percent, the same percentage as the previous six years. Projections for 2017 are also 3.00 percent.