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.

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.”

China's overseas push

China has become a global economic leader since the 1979 reforms that opened its economy and its 2001 ascension to the World Trade Opening. It is also stepping up its political leadership...


Transparency and its dark side – corruption – have a significant impact on the competitiveness of countries as well as corporations. Yet studies show that the majority of the world’s nati...

Democracy in decline

As democracy’s decline gains momentum, we are seeing one-third of the world’s population living in a backsliding democracy. How can business fight back?

Future of International Organizations

For a century, international organizations have bound nations together. Now countries are stepping back from their commitments, looking inward and building barriers. Is this a sea change ...

Multi-polar politics and economy

The world is coming out of a 50-year period - most unusual in human history - where one superpower dominated the world stage. What will a new, multi-polar world look like? What turbulence...

Political communication

Fake news – is it part of the political propaganda machine? Propagandists appeal to our fears, our courage, our hatred and our love – how easily manipulated are you? Is all propaganda bad...


Populism combines elements of both left and right and all shades in between, with the common goal of opposing large business and financial interests. On the positive side, populism forces...

Rising Inequality

Although income inequality has diminished in many parts of the world, it has risen in many so- called developed nations. This has already had an impact on the geopolitical situation. How ...

Violent extremism

A lack of opportunities for youth, few or low- quality jobs, intolerance, etc. can be powerful factors in encouraging terrorism. The insecurity this causes is bad for business. But, compa...

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