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Tools to assess uncertainty and unlock opportunity, providing you with the powerful framework of scenario analysis to enhance your strategic planning and stay ahead of trends.

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Consumer Dynamics

Insights and research to interpret and act on our Consumer Confidence Index®, covering such topics as demographics and consumer behavior to help you identify opportunities for growth.

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Economic Indicators & Forecasting

A broad range of indexes, forecasts and projections to help you understand and anticipate the conditions of the economy that will most affect your business, now and in the future.

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Energy & Sustainability

Guidance and scenarios to inform your long-term, global energy strategy, helping you assess new energy sources, rising demand from emerging markets, political factors and the regulatory environment.

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Global Value Chains

Reports on the latest trends in the structure of global value chains, along with outsourcing, offshoring and business services, to position you to seize competitive advantage.

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Growth, Productivity & Competitiveness

A clear, cohesive picture of our outlook for the global economy, based on the forces that drive competitiveness and productivity, to help you maximize your global strategy.

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Data and research to support your innovation strategy, ranging from traditional R&D to new ways of utilizing big data and cloud computing to your cultivation of creativity.

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Labor Markets

Metrics and analysis that support your decision making by illuminating labor supply and demand, as well as the human capital issues that help shape economies around the world.

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Marketing & Brand Strategy

Cutting-edge research into the business and financial value of brands, providing you with new understanding of customer market segments, ROI, image building and global brand strategy.

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Procurement & Supply Chain Strategy

A strategic view of your business environment, along with the different conditions that impact purchasing of goods and services, to enhance your procurement practices and decisions.

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Products & Services


Workplace Culture Summit
26 - 27 September, 2017 (New York, NY)

22nd Annual Senior Corporate Communications Conference
22 - 23 May, 2017 (New York, NY)

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China Center Quick Note: The RMB’s Rise -- IMF SDR Inclusion
October 2016 | China Center Publications

The IMF’s formal adoption of the RMB into the Special Drawing Rights is not a game changer for international finance. The RMB is unlikely to inspire the prerequisite confidence to be deemed a “safe haven” currency anytime soon. 

Modernizing Medicare
October 2016 | Committee for Economic Development

In this report on the future solvency of Medicare, the Committee for Economic Development proposes a policy that aims to maintain quality, “bend the cost curve,” and reduce the current unsustainable growth of costs under traditional Medicare. 

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What Is Digital Transformation and What Does It Mean for Human Capital?
08 November, 2016 | Special Webcast

Join this webcast as our panelists outline the implications of digital transformation for human capital, with company examples from Europe, Asia-Pacific, and North America. HRCI and SHRM credit available

Author-to-Author: Digging Deeper into Digital Transformation
27 October, 2016 | KnowlEdge Series

Researchers from two different knowledge areas of The Conference Board—Bart van Ark, chief economist, and Mary Young, principal researcher, human capital—come together to discuss digital transformation and the opportunities and risks it presents for companies. CPE and IGP credit available

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  • India 0.6%
  • Japan 1.1%
  • Korea 0.5%
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