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.

This page offers a selection of IMD's Global Signals with one "Signal of the Month" to reflect the top current indicator.

Signal of the Month
Crisis of Western democracy

Democracies run on trust, but trust is in short supply. Many Western democracies appear to be in crisis mode: mainstream political parties are being upset by peripheral movements, nationa...

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Powerful cities

The UN estimates that by 2050, 68% of the world’s population will live in cities. Humans will truly be urbanized, clustered into powerhouses of economic output. Cities will become focal p...

Superpower constrained

Is the US’s longstanding superpower status under threat?


Oxford Dictionary’s Word of the Year 2017, youthquake is defined as “a significant cultural, political or social change arising from the actions or influences of young people.”

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