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  • White Papers // Feb 2011

    The Sustainable Future: Promoting Growth Through Sustainability

    As the gradual, but fragile, recovery from the global financial crisis continues, regulators, investors, and other stakeholders are scrutinizing firms' corporate behavior more closely than ever before. In light of recent corporate scandals, stakeholders are acutely aware how poor practice in environmental, social and governance (ESG) areas can damage the...

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  • White Papers // Jan 2011

    Deep Water Ahead? The Outlook For The Oil And Gas Industry In 2011

    The oil and gas industry has come through a period of unprecedented price volatility, with record prices followed by a crash and then a slow recovery. Asked to look ahead over the next year or so, industry executives surveyed and interviewed by the Economist Intelligence Unit see investment opportunities during...

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  • White Papers // Jan 2011

    Country Forecast: Global Outlook

    Concerns about the risk of a double-dip recession, which roiled financial markets in mid-2010, have given way to a more optimistic outlook and a renewed phase of risk-taking. The tone of economic data in the US remains lackluster, but overall the picture is one of a continued expansion into 2011...

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  • White Papers // Oct 2010

    The GCC In 2020: Broadening The Economy

    Oil and gas are the mainstay of the GCC economies. They are the single largest sector in almost all the GCC states, and in most GCC states they also provide some 80% of export earnings and government revenue. The region's oil and gas endowments have proven lucrative, but they are...

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  • White Papers // Oct 2010

    Global Microscope On The Microfinance Business Environment 2010

    Microfinance is entering a new and more dynamic phase. In July 2010 India's SKS became only the second microfinance institution ever to launch an Initial Public Offering (IPO). SKS is well known in India, where it had almost 6 million active borrowers last year, but investors from several major US...

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  • White Papers // Sep 2010

    Up Or Out: Next Moves For The Modern Expatriate

    If globalization is seen as inexorable then companies, to a greater or lesser extent, will need a globally mobile workforce tasked with administering their far-flung but rapidly growing operations. With demand stagnating in Western markets, the pressure to expand abroad in the search for revenue growth is intensifying, especially in...

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  • White Papers // Aug 2010

    A Better Life? The Wants And Worries Of China's Consumers

    One of the legacies of the 2008-2010 global financial crisis has been a new focus on the latent power of the Chinese consumer. As demand in the United States and Europe has waned, exports have weakened as an engine of China's economic growth, and Beijing has turned its attention to...

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  • White Papers // Jul 2010

    The Quality Of Death: Ranking End-Of-Life Care Across The World

    Quality of life is a common phrase. The majority of human endeavors are ostensibly aimed at improving quality of life, whether for the individual or the community, and the concept ultimately informs most aspects of public policy and private enterprise. Advancements in healthcare have been responsible for the most significant...

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  • White Papers // Jun 2010

    Dangerous Liaisons: How Businesses Are Learning To Work With Their New Stakeholders

    The concept of company "Stakeholder" is not new. For over two decades, companies have been thinking about, and even taking responsibility for, the concerns of a wider circle of interested groups than just management and shareholders. Traditionally, these include employees, customers and suppliers. But in recent years, a new set...

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  • White Papers // Jun 2010

    Women's Economic Opportunity

    Women's political and economic empowerment has been a defining feature of the last century. Millions of women in the early 1900s rejected convention and ignorance to fight for the right to vote. Thirty years later the daughters and granddaughters of those suffragettes, defying stereotypes, flocked to factories to help build...

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  • White Papers // May 2010

    Resilient Supply Chains In A Time Of Uncertainty

    As companies struggle to cope with the uncertain global economy in 2010, nurturing resilient supply chains is vital for survival. Companies must stay efficient to generate healthy cash flows, and agile enough to jump-start production and keep customers satisfied as demand rebounds. Even if the recovery proceeds more slowly than...

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  • White Papers // May 2010

    Fighting Smart: Strategy Options For Telecoms Operators

    The rising importance of the Internet and data services, combined with the gradual decline of the much older voice business, is creating threats and opportunities for telecoms network operators in almost equal measure. While data traffic revenue could more than compensate for the decline of voice, the networks needed to...

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  • White Papers // May 2010

    Rebuilding Trust: Next Steps For Risk Management In Financial Services

    The global financial crisis had many causes but failures in risk management were clearly a contributory factor. Although there were technical shortcomings, especially related to the use of risk models and metrics, a more widespread problem was a failure of governance, which meant that the legitimate warnings of risk managers...

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  • White Papers // Apr 2010

    The New World Of Wealth: Seven Key Trends For Investing, Giving And Spending Among The Very Rich

    Being wealthy was supposed to be a passport to lifelong financial stability. But after 18 months of nail-biting volatility in financial markets and wealth destruction on a massive scale, the very rich are no longer feeling quite so secure. True, the banking system and global economy are showing signs of...

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  • White Papers // Mar 2010

    A Brave New World: The Climate For Chinese M&A Abroad

    Among the many signs of China's increasing economic power has been a surge in the number of Chinese companies seeking to buy assets overseas. In 2009, while developed economies remained mired in the aftermath of the global financial crisis, Chinese companies made a record number of cross-border acquisitions - some...

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  • White Papers // Mar 2010

    From West To East: Gauging Institutional Investor Attitudes To Asia

    As the world emerges from the worst financial crisis for more than a generation, a shift in economic power from West to East is gathering pace. With many developed countries weighed down with debt and facing years of sluggish growth, corporations and portfolio investors are looking to the dynamic markets...

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  • White Papers // Feb 2010

    Doing More With Less: British Healthcare To 2013

    It might be said of British governments that if they didn't inherit a National Health Service (NHS) that is free at the point of delivery, they wouldn't choose to create one. Such is the difficulty of satisfying public demand for quality healthcare services at a manageable cost. Never in the...

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  • White Papers // Feb 2010

    The Future Of Corporate Pensions

    The global financial crisis has sparked fresh debate about the future of UK pensions. Since the collapse of Lehman Brothers in September 2008, many pension schemes have once again swung from surplus to deficit. According to recent research from Pension Capital Strategies, private-sector UK pension schemes had a funding level...

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  • White Papers // Feb 2010

    The Big Tilt: The Rise Of The East And What It Means For Business

    The East has been rising since the 1950s, and its economic ascent is entering a new phase, following the Great Recession. There are likely to be a number of differences in its evolution in the next decade compared with the ones that preceded it. All have profound implications for global...

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  • White Papers // Feb 2010

    Converging On The Customer: New Media For Closer Relationships

    In just two decades, the Internet has revolutionized nearly every industry across the globe. Yet none has been more irrevocably changed than telecommunications, media and information technology (IT). These pioneering industries are being inextricably combined in a wrenching process known as convergence. When the process is complete, the consumer will...

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  • White Papers // Feb 2010

    Managing For Sustainability

    Sustainable principles in business were once the preserve of the minority. Over the past decade, these principles have begun moving into the mainstream of business. An increasing number of firms are moving beyond merely cultivating a green image, and are fully embracing sustainability. Many executives see in sustainability opportunities for...

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  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Managing Virtual Teams: Taking A More Strategic Approach

    Over the past decade, the much-hyped promises of the dotcom bubble have steadily become commonplace. The cost of fixed broadband has plummeted and is now in the process of becoming increasingly pervasive across mobile devices too. Online social networks have emerged and boomed, while instant messaging, web and video conferencing,...

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  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    On the Move Creating a Culture of Business Growth

    As the global economic recovery slowly gathers pace, many companies remain focused on preventing further financial losses rather than ensuring future gains. They simply ducked for cover during the recession, trimming staff, paring research and marketing budgets, and curbing other costs wherever possible. Sensible moves, no doubt, given the gravity...

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  • White Papers // Dec 2009

    The Intelligent Enterprise: Creating A Culture Of Speedy And Efficient Decision-Making

    In virtually every industry, success hinges not only on traditional competitive advantages such as a dominant market position, geographical penetration, or even proprietary technology. It also depends on the ability to improve business operations by making rapid, high-quality decisions based on the most timely, relevant and accurate information. An Economist...

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  • White Papers // Nov 2009

    Healthcare Strategies For An Ageing Society

    That the world's population is ageing rapidly is old news. Driven by falling fertility rates and a sustained increase in longevity, many countries - especially in the developed world - are now bracing themselves for the fact that their fastest-growing demographic is the over-80s. Moreover, the linear trend that life...

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  • White Papers // Nov 2009

    Management Magnified: Sustainability And Corporate Growth

    As the link between sustainability and corporate growth is typically indirect and intangible, skeptics often dismiss initiatives in this area as window dressing. But in the survey conducted for this report, executives counter the criticism. Seventy-eight percent of respondents say sustainability initiatives are very or somewhat important to their current...

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  • White Papers // Nov 2009

    To Invest Or Not To Invest: ICT Spending Priorities In Crisis-Hit Central And Eastern Europe

    Before the full onset of the global economic crisis in September 2008, the largest countries in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) were some of the most stable and prosperous among emerging economies. They were also among the most digitally developed, although the level of development naturally varied by country. Then...

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  • White Papers // Oct 2009

    Surviving The Drought: Access To Finance Among Small And Mediumsized Enterprises

    SMEs continue to grow in spite of the downturn. Despite the current gloomy environment, many SMEs continue to grow revenue - albeit at a slower pace than in 2007 or 2008. In all, 54% of executives expect revenue growth in the next two years; just 15% expect a decline. Respondents...

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  • White Papers // Oct 2009

    Beyond Transactions: Building Customer Partnerships In Consumer Goods

    The global recession and falling demand have hit the consumer goods sector harder than other industries. Except in China and a handful of smaller economies, retail sales fell dramatically in 2009 throughout the Americas, Europe and most of Asia. According to an Economist Intelligence Unit survey of the sales, marketing...

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  • White Papers // Oct 2009

    Closing The Gap: The Link Between Project Management Excellence And Long-Term Success

    Delivering projects on time and on budget is a minimum requirement to do business for most organizations, and in many industries it is critical to long-term success. Companies that adhere to strong project management methods, including detailed evaluation of scope and budget, ongoing risk management and measurement of project results,...

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  • White Papers // Sep 2009

    Global Microscope On The Microfinance Business Environment

    At a time when the world's richest countries are sinking into debt and middle-class consumers everywhere are defaulting on their loans, lending money to the world's poor hardly seems wise. Yet, the practice of providing small sums to low-income entrepreneurs - known as microfinance - has never been more popular,...

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  • White Papers // Sep 2009

    Health Reform: The Debate Goes Public

    Healthcare systems are complex, enormous and unwieldy, whether they are state-managed monoliths such as the UK's, or dominated by the private insurance sector, as in the US. They are traditionally slow to adapt to change, but now those immovable objects are being forced to confront not just one, but several...

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  • White Papers // Sep 2009

    Beyond Box-Ticking: A New Era For Risk Governance

    The boardroom has always been the preserve of the gifted, the ambitious and the self-confident. In Anglo-Saxon business culture, board-level executives wield substantial power and, while other stakeholders have a voice, it is predominantly the views of these top few board members that count in terms of business planning and...

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  • White Papers // Sep 2009

    From Hindsight To Foresight: Improving Business Transparency In The Wake Of The Financial Crisis

    It has been a difficult two years for Asia since the US sub-prime mortgage business imploded in 2007. The global financial system nearly collapsed, bank lending dried up, export volumes fell off a cliff, hundreds of thousands of factories closed and millions of jobs disappeared. But there are now signs...

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  • White Papers // Sep 2009

    Beyond Transactions: Creating Value Through Customer Partnerships In Banking And Insurance

    Banks are being increasingly challenged by cautious regulators, higher capital costs and challenges to core business models, while both banks and insurers face weaker demand, hesitant consumers and calls to rethink both internal processes and customer-facing operations. At the same time, the turmoil offers both types of firms the incentive...

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  • White Papers // Sep 2009

    Talent Strategies For Innovation

    Talent strategies for innovation looks at how organisations approach the challenge of recruiting, nurturing and retaining talented people for innovation. The research found that the challenges of globalisation have turned talent management into a key strategic issue that, in many organisations, is now the responsibility of the C-suite. Although businesses...

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  • White Papers // Sep 2009

    Power To The People? Managing Technology Democracy In The Workplace

    Technology changes are often accompanied by fanfare, but in recent years at least one quiet technology revolution has been developing in the workplace. Individuals are adopting for work use the applications and devices they have learned to use in their personal lives. Applications previously accessed only on home computers, such...

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  • White Papers // Sep 2009

    Beyond Transactions: Creating Value Through Customer Partnerships In Telecommunications

    While battling the global recession, the telecoms sector has registered some positive results. According to Gartner, a market research firm, global shipments of smartphones will increase by 27% to 177m units in 2009. There has been a corresponding rise in the sales of data services. Yet the industry is not...

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  • White Papers // Aug 2009

    Management Magnified: Getting Ahead in a Recession by Making Better Decisions

    To explore how the recession has affected corporate decision-making, in May 2009 the Economist Intelligence Unit surveyed companies from a range of industries around the world. Almost two-thirds (62%) report weaker demand, while only one-quarter observes continued growth. Most report that their organisations are responding to economic challenges in the...

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  • White Papers // Aug 2009

    Management Magnified: Strategies for Revenue Growth in an Economic Downturn

    At first glance, the global economic crisis, which began in the US financial sector, does not seem propitious for growth. Indeed, a survey on decision-making conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit in May 2009 indicates that as demand for products and services dropped, a majority of companies cut spending and...

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  • White Papers // Jun 2009

    After the Storm: A New Era for Risk Management in Financial Services

    Almost two years since the financial crisis first emerged from the sub-prime mortgage business in the US, the repercussions continue to be felt. Despite unprecedented efforts by governments, central banks and regulators, the cost to the global economy of the failure of the financial system will be huge, and felt...

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  • White Papers // Nov 2008

    Corporate Citizenship: Profiting From a Sustainable Business

    Corporate citizenship is becoming increasingly important to business sustainability. It provides benefits that are both tangible - such as reducing waste and increasing energy efficiency - and intangible - such as improved employee productivity. This report is based on the hypothesis that corporate citizenship can help to improve the bottom...

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  • White Papers // Aug 2009

    Management Magnified: Getting Ahead in a Recession by Making Better Decisions

    To explore how the recession has affected corporate decision-making, in May 2009 the Economist Intelligence Unit surveyed companies from a range of industries around the world. Almost two-thirds (62%) report weaker demand, while only one-quarter observes continued growth. Most report that their organisations are responding to economic challenges in the...

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  • White Papers // Aug 2009

    Management Magnified: Strategies for Revenue Growth in an Economic Downturn

    At first glance, the global economic crisis, which began in the US financial sector, does not seem propitious for growth. Indeed, a survey on decision-making conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit in May 2009 indicates that as demand for products and services dropped, a majority of companies cut spending and...

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  • White Papers // Oct 2008

    Sustainability Across Borders

    The social and environmental challenges facing business today are a complex mix of the global and the local, with the two levels frequently interrelated. Climate change, for example, is a worldwide issue, but progress has to occur in individual countries and cities, each with their own, sometimes widely different, societal...

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  • White Papers // Sep 2008

    The Bigger Picture: Enterprise Risk Management in Financial Services Organisations

    Despite a growing appetite for enterprise-wide risk management among the world's largest financial services providers, there is some way to go before such practices are fully rolled out and operational. Just 18% of senior financial executives who responded to survey say that they have an ERM strategy that is well-formulated...

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  • White Papers // Jun 2009

    Preparing for Renewed Growth: Setting Strategy for IT and the Business

    If there is a bright side to a recession, it is that it forces companies to set frivolous projects aside and focus only on those that clearly produce value for customers and shareholders. In the area of Information Technology (IT), this often means bowing to the reality, according to Peter...

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  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    On the Move Creating a Culture of Business Growth

    As the global economic recovery slowly gathers pace, many companies remain focused on preventing further financial losses rather than ensuring future gains. They simply ducked for cover during the recession, trimming staff, paring research and marketing budgets, and curbing other costs wherever possible. Sensible moves, no doubt, given the gravity...

    Provided By Economist Intelligence Unit

  • White Papers // Sep 2009

    From Hindsight To Foresight: Improving Business Transparency In The Wake Of The Financial Crisis

    It has been a difficult two years for Asia since the US sub-prime mortgage business imploded in 2007. The global financial system nearly collapsed, bank lending dried up, export volumes fell off a cliff, hundreds of thousands of factories closed and millions of jobs disappeared. But there are now signs...

    Provided By Economist Intelligence Unit

  • White Papers // Jun 2009

    Partnerships For Progress? Evaluating The Environment For Public-Private Partnerships In Latin America And The Caribbean

    Governments worldwide have long partnered with the private sector to develop and maintain the roads, bridges, ports and water systems vital to economic growth. But structuring deals between the public and private sectors is complex and time-consuming, with financial and political risks for all sides. To understand the potential for...

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  • White Papers // Feb 2009

    Fixing Healthcare: The Professionals' Perspective

    Everybody wonders what the future of healthcare will look like. Across the world, the issue is rarely out of the news. In the US, the new president, Barack Obama, has unveiled plans to implement universal healthcare coverage. In the UK, the long-established (and widely copied) National Health Service is responding...

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  • White Papers // Jun 2009

    Doctor Innovation: Shaking Up The Health System

    Asked to picture healthcare in the twenty-first century, one might imagine scientists applying the latest breakthrough in biotechnology as a radical cure for disease. But equally, they might also think of lengthy waiting lists, shabby wards and lumberingly bureaucratic administrative systems. This dichotomy is one of the biggest problems confronting...

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  • White Papers // Mar 2010

    A Brave New World: The Climate For Chinese M&A Abroad

    Among the many signs of China's increasing economic power has been a surge in the number of Chinese companies seeking to buy assets overseas. In 2009, while developed economies remained mired in the aftermath of the global financial crisis, Chinese companies made a record number of cross-border acquisitions - some...

    Provided By Economist Intelligence Unit

  • White Papers // Nov 2009

    Healthcare Strategies For An Ageing Society

    That the world's population is ageing rapidly is old news. Driven by falling fertility rates and a sustained increase in longevity, many countries - especially in the developed world - are now bracing themselves for the fact that their fastest-growing demographic is the over-80s. Moreover, the linear trend that life...

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  • White Papers // Oct 2008

    Financial Services Strategies For Growth: Focus On The Customer Amid Market Turmoil

    Turmoil in the financial markets is leaving fewer institutions competing harder to win over a more wary and demanding group of retail clients. Banks and insurers that can both reassure customers and develop compelling, targeted products will cement customer loyalty, grow market share, boost revenue and strengthen their brands. To...

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  • White Papers // Aug 2010

    A Better Life? The Wants And Worries Of China's Consumers

    One of the legacies of the 2008-2010 global financial crisis has been a new focus on the latent power of the Chinese consumer. As demand in the United States and Europe has waned, exports have weakened as an engine of China's economic growth, and Beijing has turned its attention to...

    Provided By Economist Intelligence Unit

  • White Papers // May 2010

    Resilient Supply Chains In A Time Of Uncertainty

    As companies struggle to cope with the uncertain global economy in 2010, nurturing resilient supply chains is vital for survival. Companies must stay efficient to generate healthy cash flows, and agile enough to jump-start production and keep customers satisfied as demand rebounds. Even if the recovery proceeds more slowly than...

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  • White Papers // Nov 2008

    Designing Effective Collaboration

    Just as Leo Tolstoy taught that every happy family is alike, research shows that every successful collaboration shares common traits. It is these characteristics - in culture, processes and the use of information technology (IT) - that set value-creating collaborations apart from the ordinary routines of co-ordination and co-operation in...

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  • White Papers // Sep 2010

    Up Or Out: Next Moves For The Modern Expatriate

    If globalization is seen as inexorable then companies, to a greater or lesser extent, will need a globally mobile workforce tasked with administering their far-flung but rapidly growing operations. With demand stagnating in Western markets, the pressure to expand abroad in the search for revenue growth is intensifying, especially in...

    Provided By Economist Intelligence Unit

  • White Papers // May 2010

    Fighting Smart: Strategy Options For Telecoms Operators

    The rising importance of the Internet and data services, combined with the gradual decline of the much older voice business, is creating threats and opportunities for telecoms network operators in almost equal measure. While data traffic revenue could more than compensate for the decline of voice, the networks needed to...

    Provided By Economist Intelligence Unit

  • White Papers // Jun 2010

    Dangerous Liaisons: How Businesses Are Learning To Work With Their New Stakeholders

    The concept of company "Stakeholder" is not new. For over two decades, companies have been thinking about, and even taking responsibility for, the concerns of a wider circle of interested groups than just management and shareholders. Traditionally, these include employees, customers and suppliers. But in recent years, a new set...

    Provided By Economist Intelligence Unit

  • White Papers // Aug 2008

    IT Transformation: Creating A Strategy For Success

    As the pace of business continues to quicken, many corporate IT departments have realized the need to revisit how they deliver services to the rest of the enterprise. In many cases, such undertakings can transform the IT department - and the entire enterprise as a result. To understand the nature...

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  • White Papers // Apr 2009

    Taking Advantage Of The Pit Stop: How To Prosper In A Recession

    Ruptures in the subprime market began to appear in 2007. Highly geared banks with vault-loads of securitized debt suddenly found themselves in serious trouble. As Lehman Brothers, IKB Deutsche Industriebank, Northern Rock and other banks across the globe faltered under their debt obligation, panic spread through the market. Banks stopped...

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  • White Papers // May 2009

    Staying The Course? Technology Decision-making In Turbulent Times

    In the business world, no aspect of company operations will emerge unscathed from the toughest economic crisis in three generations. But Information Technology (IT), and the hard-won influence that chief information officers (CIOs) and other leaders have gained for it, appears to be surviving the crisis with confidence largely intact...

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  • White Papers // Aug 2009

    Personalisation: Opening Doors To Growth In China

    China may still be known as the world's factory, but many China-based companies already offer personalized goods and services as sophisticated as those found in the most advanced economies. Nearly 80% of respondents say their organizations offer products or services that can be customized partly or fully, in line with...

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  • White Papers // Feb 2011

    The Sustainable Future: Promoting Growth Through Sustainability

    As the gradual, but fragile, recovery from the global financial crisis continues, regulators, investors, and other stakeholders are scrutinizing firms' corporate behavior more closely than ever before. In light of recent corporate scandals, stakeholders are acutely aware how poor practice in environmental, social and governance (ESG) areas can damage the...

    Provided By Economist Intelligence Unit

  • White Papers // Sep 2009

    Beyond Transactions: Creating Value Through Customer Partnerships In Banking And Insurance

    Banks are being increasingly challenged by cautious regulators, higher capital costs and challenges to core business models, while both banks and insurers face weaker demand, hesitant consumers and calls to rethink both internal processes and customer-facing operations. At the same time, the turmoil offers both types of firms the incentive...

    Provided By Economist Intelligence Unit

  • White Papers // Jun 2009

    IT Modernisation: An Exercise In Alignment

    All organizations, regardless of size, industry or location, face the constant challenge of maximizing the contribution of their Information Technology (IT) infrastructure and applications to achieving their business goals. To do so, organizations must often figure out how to use existing systems more effectively, or modernize them to better perform...

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  • White Papers // Nov 2009

    Management Magnified: Sustainability And Corporate Growth

    As the link between sustainability and corporate growth is typically indirect and intangible, skeptics often dismiss initiatives in this area as window dressing. But in the survey conducted for this report, executives counter the criticism. Seventy-eight percent of respondents say sustainability initiatives are very or somewhat important to their current...

    Provided By Economist Intelligence Unit

  • White Papers // Feb 2009

    Strengthening Governance, Risk And Compliance In The Insurance Industry

    Insurance companies have long struggled to gain greater efficiency and transparency in their financial processes through automation and process redesign. Their efforts have generally been focused on the negative goals of controlling costs, reducing sudden financial shocks and avoiding regulatory sanctions. However, some companies are discovering that a more integrated...

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  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Managing Virtual Teams: Taking A More Strategic Approach

    Over the past decade, the much-hyped promises of the dotcom bubble have steadily become commonplace. The cost of fixed broadband has plummeted and is now in the process of becoming increasingly pervasive across mobile devices too. Online social networks have emerged and boomed, while instant messaging, web and video conferencing,...

    Provided By Economist Intelligence Unit

  • White Papers // Jul 2008

    Mixing It Up? Shareholder Activism, Corporate Governance And The Outlook For M&A In Japan

    Recent battles by activist investment funds for tighter control of Japanese companies have led to serious questions about Japan's investment environment, both for activist shareholders and strategic investors. Many outside investors view Japanese management as a self-protecting, self-governing group with no external accountability, and with concomitant disregard for the interests...

    Provided By Economist Intelligence Unit

  • White Papers // Mar 2009

    Manning The Barricades: Who's At Risk As Deepening Economic Distress Foments Social Unrest

    Collapsing credit has plunged the world economy into the deepest recession in more than 70 years. What began as a property bubble in the US has spread rapidly as troubled banks have stopped lending and consumers and businesses have stopped spending. As demand in the US and Europe evaporates, once...

    Provided By Economist Intelligence Unit

  • White Papers // Jul 2008

    Latin America's Small And Medium-Sized Enterprises: The Human Capital Challenge

    As Latin America becomes increasingly integrated into the global economy, the region's small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) face major competitive challenges in identifying, attracting and mobilizing human capital. Traditionally, these companies, particularly those that are locally owned, have lacked large, professionally trained and specialized human resources departments and extensive internal...

    Provided By Economist Intelligence Unit

  • White Papers // Mar 2009

    Beyond The Home Market: The Future Of Crossborder Banking

    The banking sector, particularly in the Western world, has experienced unprecedented turmoil in the past few months. Indeed, the failure of the entire sector was viewed as a real possibility in the third quarter of 2008, as a combination of asset write-downs and falling investor confidence threatened to paralyze the...

    Provided By Economist Intelligence Unit

  • White Papers // Oct 2009

    Beyond Transactions: Building Customer Partnerships In Consumer Goods

    The global recession and falling demand have hit the consumer goods sector harder than other industries. Except in China and a handful of smaller economies, retail sales fell dramatically in 2009 throughout the Americas, Europe and most of Asia. According to an Economist Intelligence Unit survey of the sales, marketing...

    Provided By Economist Intelligence Unit

  • White Papers // Sep 2009

    Talent Strategies For Innovation

    Talent strategies for innovation looks at how organisations approach the challenge of recruiting, nurturing and retaining talented people for innovation. The research found that the challenges of globalisation have turned talent management into a key strategic issue that, in many organisations, is now the responsibility of the C-suite. Although businesses...

    Provided By Economist Intelligence Unit

  • White Papers // May 2010

    Rebuilding Trust: Next Steps For Risk Management In Financial Services

    The global financial crisis had many causes but failures in risk management were clearly a contributory factor. Although there were technical shortcomings, especially related to the use of risk models and metrics, a more widespread problem was a failure of governance, which meant that the legitimate warnings of risk managers...

    Provided By Economist Intelligence Unit

  • White Papers // Sep 2009

    Beyond Box-Ticking: A New Era For Risk Governance

    The boardroom has always been the preserve of the gifted, the ambitious and the self-confident. In Anglo-Saxon business culture, board-level executives wield substantial power and, while other stakeholders have a voice, it is predominantly the views of these top few board members that count in terms of business planning and...

    Provided By Economist Intelligence Unit

  • White Papers // Nov 2009

    To Invest Or Not To Invest: ICT Spending Priorities In Crisis-Hit Central And Eastern Europe

    Before the full onset of the global economic crisis in September 2008, the largest countries in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) were some of the most stable and prosperous among emerging economies. They were also among the most digitally developed, although the level of development naturally varied by country. Then...

    Provided By Economist Intelligence Unit