Global Value Chains Publications

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  1. Designing Global Businesses for Innovation and Growth: The 10th Annual Organization Design and Diagnostics Conference

    April 2015 | Conference KeyNotes

    Strategy, structure, and staffing need to be integrally linked in organizational design. The last can be your greatest asset—or barrier. How do you conquer lack of understanding? It’s a balancing act from start to finish.


  1. Long Soft Fall in Chinese Growth: Implications for the CFO

    December 2014 | Key Business Issues

    How do you grow in a time of slowing growth? For CFOs and finance executives, China's economy presents unique challenges. This function-specific summary details the challenges and opportunities for CFOs to help position their MNCs for success in China.

  2. Long Soft Fall in Chinese Growth: Strategic Overview

    December 2014 | Key Business Issues

    In an unprecedented time of slow economic growth in China, CEOs and CSOs can look to this Strategic Overview for detailed recommendations on how to plan and prepare their organizations for a long soft fall.

  3. China Center -- What to Watch for: China’s multilateral and regional trade negotiations

    December 2014 | China Center Publications

    The political-economy factors driving China’s soft fall lead us to be skeptical that domestic-led economic reform will be possible. However, the potential for coercing certain reforms via an outside-in, WTO-style roadmap may still exist.

  4. Streamlining Product Safety and Regulatory Information along the Value Chain

    October 2014 | Council Perspectives

    The lack of consistent approaches for sharing product stewardship information in today’s complex global economy creates significant business risks that are often invisible to leadership.

  5. Long Soft Fall in Chinese Growth: White Paper

    October 2014 | Key Business Issues

    Presented here with thorough detail and analysis are the trends, dynamics, and factors of the slowdown; China’s productivity crisis; the necessary policy reforms; and near-, medium-, and long-term projections for the MNC operating environment.

  6. Long Soft Fall in Chinese Growth: Business Realities, Risks, and Opportunities

    October 2014 | Key Business Issues

    China's economy growing by leaps and bounds is a thing of the past. How should multinational corporations adjust their investment and market strategies and prepare their organizations for sustaining and driving growth in this time of unprecedented change?

  7. From Not Enough Jobs to Not Enough Workers: STRATEGIC OVERVIEW

    September 2014 | Key Business Issues

    Is your organization at risk of labor shortages? This Strategic Overview covers the potential implications of labor shortages and what every function can do to mitigate there effects.

  8. China CEO Council Session Report -- Facing Change: Sustaining and driving growth during uncertain times in China

    August 2014 | China Center Publications

    A summary of discussion points, learnings, business issues, poll results, and member insights from the June 12, 2014, China CEO Council, hosted by The Conference Board in Beijing.

  9. China Center Data Flash: Unhealthy Q2 growth – pursuit of the target at the expense of reform

    July 2014 | China Center Publications

    China’s official Q2 GDP growth came in at 7.5 percent y-o-y, according to data from the National Bureau of Statistics. Our alternative measures suggest that China is growing closer to 5.5 percent.

  10. Growing Value of Brands and Their Contribution to Worldwide Economic Growth

    July 2014 | Executive Action Report

    The contribution of brands is comparable to that of R&D in most advanced economies. Moreover, the wealthier a country grows, the more its companies spend on getting out their brand message.

  11. Managing Supply Chain Sustainability and Risk

    July 2014 | Director Notes

    Addressing supply chain risk and sustainability in isolation may put a firm at considerable risk. Companies should pursue strategies that recognize that supply chain risk and sustainability are inextricably intertwined.

  12. China Center Quick Note: Don’t Hold Your Breath for the Emerging Market Sell Off

    April 2014 | China Center Publications

    In recent weeks, fears of a sharp correction in emerging market financial conditions caused by the Fed’s change in its monetary policy have caused consternation among investors and policy makers.

  13. China Center Quick Note: RMB band-widening -- Short-term volatility, long-term vulnerability

    April 2014 | China Center Publications

    The Chinese central bank announced a widening of the daily trading band for the US-CNY exchange rate last month. What are the ramifications of this change for economic policy?

  14. China Center Chart of the Week: China is gaining share of global manufacturing value addition

    March 2014 | China Center Publications

    China’s global value chain (GVC) share in global manufacturing rose from 4.2 percent in 1995 to 16.7 percent in 2011, which is solid evidence of China’s manufacturing competitiveness.


  15. 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.


  1. Avoiding the Digital Desert

    November 2013 | Executive Action Report

    Globally, technology developments are taking place at an unprecedented and ever-increasing pace, but, in many respects, European policies and attitudes seem frozen in time.

  2. Changing Chinese Supply Chain

    November 2013 | Executive Action Report

    This report presents detailed information about managing supply chains in China and the characteristics of a successful risk management program.

  3. China CEO Council Insights: The Gateless Gate -- The Future for Foreign Investors in China

    November 2013 | China Center Publications

    A summary of discussion points, learnings, business issues, and member insights from the November 14, 2013, China CEO Council, convened by the Conference Board's China Center

  4. Where Did Productivity Go? Can Incentives to Grow the Workforce Be Found?

    October 2013 | Global Debt and Growth Series

    From 1990-2012, Japan’s gross debt/GDP increased from 68 percent to 237 percent. Today, productivity is low and falling, the workforce is shrinking, and deflation and debt-deflation risks loom large.

  5. Sourcing at Home: Is the United States a Viable Component of a Global Services Portfolio?

    October 2013 | Council Perspectives

    The United States makes a good “and/also” sourcing destination and component of a delivery services framework, but policy roadblocks still preclude it from being a viable alternative to offshoring.

  6. Deep Dive Exchange Insights: Wage Escalation in China -- What Assumptions Make Sense for the Future?

    October 2013 | China Center Publications

    A summary of discussion points, learnings, business issues, and implications from the China Center's October 2013 Deep Dive Exchange session on wage escalation in China.

  7. How Teleworking Works Best: The Business Case

    October 2013 | Executive Action Report

    Key to gaining corporate advantage from telework is understanding which jobs can be done remotely from the primary corporate locations and what skills and practices are required to support them.

  8. Corporate Sustainability Disclosure in China

    October 2013 | Executive Action Report

    Environmental and labor regulations abound in China, but supervision and enforcement are seriously lacking. Chinese businesses acutely need more transparency, better disclosure, and better performance in sustainability.

  9. Options for a Sustainable Long-Term Growth Path in Spain

    September 2013 | Global Debt and Growth Series

    Spain’s accumulation of debt since 2008 is the product of a severe recession and having to bail out private banks, not precrisis fiscal mismanagement.

  10. China Center Quick Note: Protecting the “home team” -- the flagging and flogging of the foreign-invested dairy sector

    September 2013 | China Center Publications

    Multinational consumer brands appear to be under attack from regulators and state-sponsored media in China—if not overtly, then at least with aggressive, “nonnational treatment.” >

  11. What Is Human Rights Risk? Should My Company Be Concerned about It?

    September 2013 | Executive Action Report

    Explore what human rights risk is, why companies should care, and how they can incorporate human rights due diligence into their business processes.


  1. Strengthening the Weakest Link: Building Resilient Global Supply Chains

    June 2012 | Executive Action Report

    Although the benefits of global supply chains have been significant, they have also made companies more vulnerable to disruptions.

  2. Supplier Diversity Value Proposition: What Every Organization’s Important Stakeholders Need to Know about Supplier Diversity

    May 2012 | Council Perspectives

    In order to serve the needs of a changing customer base, companies should review and, if necessary, rejuvenate their supplier diversity programs.

  3. Global Supply Chain Labor Standards

    May 2012 | Director Notes

    This report examines the adoption of supplier codes of conduct and supply chain labor policies; a framework for implementing supply chain sustainability programs, and media coverage, proxy voting guidelines and shareholder proposals related to this topic.

  4. Revisiting Japan a Year after the Earthquake: A Slower than Expected Recovery

    March 2012 | Executive Action Report

    One year after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, the country is still suffering the economic aftershocks.


  1. Linked World: How ICT is Transforming Societies, Cultures and Economies

    October 2011 | Research Report

    This report is based on a two-year global research project with the Telefónica Foundation. It aggregates several studies on how information and communication technology has affected societies, economies, cultural relationships, and human interaction.

  2. Assessing the Risks of an Economic Downturn in Japan

    April 2011 | Executive Action Report

    The earthquakes, tsunami, and nuclear disaster in Japan will undoubtedly have a negative effect on Japan’s economy, but there is more to the story.

  3. Supplier Diversity: Helping to Enhance the Corporate Brand

    April 2011 | Council Perspectives

    This Council Perspectives points out how supplier diversity can create a competitive advantage for an organization and encourages leaders to think beyond the function’s traditional role.

  4. Responding to Hurricanes: Lessons for Emergency Preparedness

    February 2011 | Executive Action Report

    This Executive Action includes issues and checklists for companies who are preparing their own response plans.


  1. Risk and Security in Corporate Supply Chain Networks: Moving From Operational to Strategic Concern

    June 2010 | Executive Action Report

    Supply chain risk management is a critical strategic activity that should take center stage in the decision making of any corporation

  2. Supply Chain Benchmarking: Process and Methodology

    June 2010 | Council Perspectives

    Supply chain operations within an organization should be constantly reviewed to identify where improvements can be made.

  3. Financial Services Offshoring: Moving Toward Fewer Captives and Global Cost Competitiveness

    March 2010 | Executive Action Report

    Financial services companies show greater interest than other sectors in contracting with large international providers and becoming more cost competitive by moving operations to lower labor cost locations


  1. Supplier Diversity in the 21st Century

    December 2009 | Council Perspectives

    Today the the main task of supplier diversity executives is ensuring that the organizational commitment remains intact during turbulent economic times.

  2. Tighten Your Supply Chain to Wring Out Costs

    January 2009 | Executive Action Report

    This report features insights and practical advice from corporate executives and supply-chain experts, and helpful suggestions for recruiting logistic specialists.


  1. Bridging the Logistical Divide: Integration of Poor Countries in Global Supply Chains

    August 2008 | Executive Action Report

    The growth of larger, developed world markets compounds the difficulty faced by small-market countries struggling to achieve sustainable growth and close the gap between rich and poor nations.

  2. Smart Sourcing: A Boost to Sourcing Value Creation

    June 2008 | Executive Action Report

    Applying well-known financial analysis tools to sourcing planning and decision-making allows managers to base outsourcing decisions on fact, not fiction.


  1. Toward a Framework for Supply Chain Leadership

    December 2006 | Executive Action Report

    Supply chain leadership (SCL) has been largely a learn-as-you-go endeavor, with many companies learning the same lessons over and over again.


  1. Making It in Manufacturing: Becoming Lean to Compete Globally

    December 2005 | Executive Action Report

    Companies in higher-wage countries can remain competitive by being lean, taking time to get to know their customers, and maximizing technological advantages.

  2. Moving the World - A Case Study in CSR Partnership

    November 2005 | Executive Action Report

    Moving the World, a partnership between the international company TNT and the United Nations, shows how two organizations can combine  strengths to make a difference ?and increase competitiveness and reputation.


  1. Improving Project Results: Operating “Below-the-Line” to Produce Real Value

    December 2004 | Executive Action Report

    Project teams and their sponsors rarely acknowledge the risk that their project’s outcomes will not translate into the intended benefits to the organization. How can you keep a project on track for real results?

  2. Adding Value in Shared Services . . . Insourcing, Outsourcing, and Offshoring

    July 2004 | Executive Action Report

    Companies are closely examining insourcing, outsourcing, and offshoring to decide which approach delivers the best support services at the lowest cost. What is the best solution?


  1. Managing Supply Chain Risks

    April 2003 | Executive Action Report

    "Just-in-time" supply chain management, while providing the needed speed and visibility to operate in today's complex supply chain environment, also exposes companies to large-scale disruptions, especially in times of conflict.


  1. Transforming the Supply Chain

    March 2002 | Research Report

    This report is based on a survey of supply chain executives, who comment on organizing for the supply chain effort, the role of suppliers, and the use of new technologies (including e-purchasing and B2B marketplaces).


  1. When Disaster Strikes: Ensuring an Intact Supply Chain

    November 2001 | Executive Action Report

    Addresses the factors in place that lessened the damage to the U.S. global supply chain post-September 11th and those areas of supply chain function that were affected by the tragedy, the anthrax mail incidents, and the war against terrorism.

  2. Organizing for Global Competitiveness

    May 2001 | Research Report

    Corporate headquarters (CHQ) has been termed the “leadership engine” of a business. In recent years, however, many corporations have moved toward a management model characterized by decentralization and self-governing entities.

  3. IT Outsourcing Trends

    March 2001 | Research Report

    While nothing prevents companies from bringing outsourced functions back in-house, most companies do not. Despite the difficulties involved, outsourcing provides a better solution over the long term.


  1. Organizing for Global Competitiveness: The Corporate Headquarters Design

    March 1999 | Research Report

    How should you organize corporate headquarters to compete successfully around the world? This survey shows how 89 organizations do it.


  1. How Growth Creates Value: Aligning Your Enterprise

    September 1998 | Research Report

    Here's how some companies have planned for growth—and succeeded.

  2. SAP Implementation: Strategies and Results

    July 1998 | Research Report

    SAP can be a wonderful tool and a daunting challenge for a corporation. Here's the experience of more than 180 companies who've used SAP.

  3. Shared Services: Achieving Higher Levels of Performance

    March 1998 | Research Report

    Is shared services an idea whose time has come? Read how it's worked for these major organizations.

  4. Meeting the Challenge of Global Logistics

    February 1998 | Research Report

    As the entire world provides you with suppliers, your challenges—and opportunities—in logistics grow. Here's a look at what you can do.


  1. Communicating For Global Competitive Advantage

    August 1997 | Research Report

    If companies want to win global competitive advantage faster than the competition, they need to communicate better than their competitors to all stakeholders and have a global state of mind.

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