Global signals

In a rapidly changing environment, what are the global indicators that help you to keep track and make sense of the different events and trends affecting business? What are the opportunities you might have missed out on?

At IMD, we believe these are crucial questions that business leaders should be asking themselves. To this end, IMD has created “IMD Global Signals™” to be used in class-facilitated sessions.

Economic
Blurring industry boundaries

Research shows that since 2000, 52% of Fortune 500 companies have either gone bankrupt, been acquired or ceased to exist, at least in part, due to digital disruption.

Economic
Collaborative consumption

Why own when you can share? If you want a ride, use Uber or Lyft. If you want to take a vacation, stay in someone else’s property with AirBnB. Need an errand run? Use TaskRabbit to get so...

Economic
Increasing infrastructure gaps

There is a widening gap between the world’s infrastructure spending and the level of investment actually needed to support expected population expansion and global GDP growth. Over the ne...

Economic
Making social impact

A company cannot prosper long term without engaging all its stakeholders – including its surrounding community and society. Is your company driven by hitting quarterly earnings targets or...

Economic
More transparency

Transparency is crucial in building trust, to win over employees, shareholders and the general public. In an era where people have ever better access to information and are demanding busi...

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Changes in the work world

Have you thought about how work and leisure will be changing due to technology? Are you ready for employing and retaining the new generation? Is your company planning on educating your pr...

Economic
China's economic transformation

Do you see China as your competitor or consumer market? Have you tapped into the growing e- commerce opportunities in the country? What risks to your company are associated with the boom ...

Economic
Emergence of a global middle class

Has your company considered creating products/services for the rapidly growing middle- class customers? Are you aware of the differences in tastes, aspirations and behaviors of the emergi...

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Engines of growth beyond BRICs

In developing your company’s long-term strategy, do you consider emerging markets, which represent the future growth powerhouse? Or do you go with your conventional markets plus countries...

Economic
Globalization

Does your company use all the opportunities globalization brings? Are you aware of the negative effects it has in terms of organizational structure and risks? How much has your firm chang...

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Glocalization

What does your company localize when doing business in a foreign country? Do you customize your business offering? Do you adjust your business processes and model in your local business u...

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Growing vulnerability to systemic risk

Has your organization identified the systemic risks that pose the greatest threat? What strategies do you have in place to mitigate those risks? Do you have a specified contingency plan i...

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Growth of anti-globalism sentiments

Do you think your company will be better off if globalization comes to a halt? Which parts of your business will be affected if anti-globalization movements in your domestic country win? ...

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Growth of India

Have you thought about business opportunities your company can embrace in India? Are you ready for rapid growth of population, literacy, technology and science in this big multicultural c...

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Innovation as key competitive driver

Technology + Talent = Innovation. You need to invest in both parts of this equation in order to lay the foundations for growth and competitive advantage. Are you and your company doing this?

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Rising Africa

Is your company ready to expand into Africa? Do you know the opportunities and risks Africa brings to business? Do you know which African countries will provide better risk-weighted poten...

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Tariffs & trade

International trade creates value. It allows countries to specialize in goods for which they have a comparative advantage and trade with others for goods they cannot produce themselves, o...

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