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As a special topic, this month’s Economics Watch offers an economics perspective on the most pressing challenges on the minds of the chief executives who responded to The Conference Board CEO Challenge® 2016. In this year’s survey, we see CEO respondents focusing on building organizational capability and high performing cultures around, engagement, inclusion, and continual improvement. Moreover we see a deep seated concern about global talent shortages and heightened awareness of the role of cost management and strengthening process improvement to mitigate risk. In addition, six big-picture trends emerge from the strategies CEO respondents selected to meet key business challenges. 

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Bart van Ark

Bart van Ark
Senior Advisor
The Conference Board

Bart van Ark is a Senior Advisor of the Economy, Strategy and Finance (ESF) Center at The Conference Board. From 2008 until September 2020 he was Chief Economist and Head ...Full Bio

Charles Mitchell

Charles Mitchell
Executive Director, Knowledge Content & Quality
The Conference Board

Charles Mitchell, the executive director, knowledge content & quality at The Conference Board, is responsible for the development of member-generated content and ensuring the objectivity, independence, accuracy, and business relevance of the organization’s research. In recent years he h...Full Bio

Gad Levanon, PhD

Gad Levanon, PhD (Host)
Vice President, Labor Markets
The Conference Board

Gad Levanon is Vice President, Labor Markets for The Conference Board, where he oversees the labor market, US forecasting, and Help Wanted OnLine© programs. His research focuses on trends in US and global labor markets, the US economy, and forecasting using economic ind...Full Bio

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