Indications from The Conference Board
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A serious conversation on the global economy grounded in the data, insights, and outlooks you need to stay ahead of the curve in business and beyond. The Conference Board is a leading think tank and non-profit business membership group that's been at the vanguard of navigating economic change since 1916. Our research ushered in the 8-hour workday; shaped policy during the Great Depression and both world wars; and facilitated the inclusion of women, minorities, and the disabled into the workforce. Indications puts our forward-thinking—and roster of leading thinkers—to bear on today's most pressing challenges: from global growth and competitiveness to human capital, sustainability, corporate governance and more.
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Indications 6. Why isn't today's New Digital Economy driving faster growth?
On this episode, two experts from The Conference Board attack one of the central paradoxes of today’s global economy: Why has accelerating digital innovation yet to put economic growth in high gear? Chief Economist Bart van Ark looks to history; since the original Industrial Revolution, all new technologies have taken decades to be fully harnessed by businesses. Do mobile, always-on broadband, and the cloud simply need more time to pay off? Doug Chia, Executive Director of the Governance Center, presents a more troubling possibility: that American business leaders in the 21st century face a set of short-term incentives that is dragging out and actively impeding the usual deployment timeline. Indeed, CEOs may see the tantalizing promise of new technologies—and why investing heavily now in areas like artificial intelligence, big data, and green tech could bolster their organizations for decades to come. But they also face a host of more immediate contenders for their attention, including quarterly earnings targets, activist hedge funds, and high-frequency trading—all with the potential to drive them off-course in managing long-term but ultimately winning investments. Are structural factors embedded in American capitalism undermining the innovation necessary for its survival? Reading List Navigating the New Digital Economy: Driving Digital Growth and Productivity from Installation to Deployment (Member Report) Is Short-Term Behavior Jeopardizing the Future Prosperity of Business (Member Report) “Corporate Short-Termism is a Frustratingly Slippery Idea” (The Economist, February 16, 2017) Kraft Heinz Withdraws $143 Billion Offer to Merge With Unilever (New York Times, February 19, 2017) MEMBERS: Want the complete story from