How do Research Working Groups Work

Research Working Groups typically span six months, with three in-person meetings and interim virtual meetings. Members work in a confidential, “hands on” environment that encourages the frank exchange of ideas as they review data, analysis, research, and their own practices.

With the guidance of subject matter experts and facilitators from The Conference Board, the group sets its own agenda for full exploration of the issue at hand. Members share their experiences, failures, and successes.

Thought leaders enrich the dialogue. Perspectives expand. Perceptions change.

What do Research Working Group participants take away?
Every Research Working Group produces a comprehensive summary report or another deliverable of the group’s choosing, comprising detailed findings, conclusions, and recommendations for action. And every participant takes away fresh understanding, renewed purpose, an enhanced network of peer executives, and a new action plan for business success.

With The Conference Board’s power to convene, Research Working Groups:
- Partner with companies to solve compelling problems
- Benchmark across industries
- Provide cost-effective solutions

Generally, a Research Working Group has four phases:

Exploration The Conference Board listens to our members as they frame a compelling business problem that can be best addressed in a group setting.  We reach out to other members to determine if there is common ground to identify objectives, an approach and goals. 

Recruitment Members companies are contacted to see if they would also like to address this business issue in this forum.  Companies contribute participation fees, and a team of subject experts, researchers and writers is formed.

Delivery Research Working Group members meet face-to-face and via webcast, typically over a six-month time frame. Meetings are led by a Program Director and researchers from The Conference Board, joined by a range of experts. Between meetings, the TCB team explores issues participants have identified as requiring further study, and reports regularly back to the group.  Small study groups are formed to address sub-topics.

Roll-out Research Working Groups typically produce detailed findings for their own members shortly after the final meeting and a summary report for members of The Conference Board. These summaries capture the insights and recommendations of the group and illustrate the thought leadership provided by its members. They take a variety of forms depending on the topic and the needs of members.

RWG Model

2012 RWG on Safeguarding IP & Addressing Corruption in the Global Supply Chain Member Feedback
“I very much enjoyed working with you all and that I am impressed by the comprehensive results collected in the report. I wanted to thank the Conference Board Team for their terrific job done by guiding the group through the discussions and extracting the value of our lively discussions.”

Lothar Lieske, Senior Ethics & Compliance Manager EMEA, TE Connectivity Europe