Strategy and growth

Globalization, regulation, widespread uncertainty — these are just three of the forces (albeit major ones) companies must factor into their strategic planning today.

10Minutes on the OECD's BEPS project

The OECD’s base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) project is likely to spur the most significant changes to the taxation of international business in nearly 30 years. Multinational companies may see an increased tax burden around the world, and there’s a strong likelihood that rule changes will affect the optimal structure for your global operations. Over the next several years, BEPS-related law changes likely will cause your company to see upward pressure on effective tax rates and cash tax outlays. While the OECD BEPS project will be finalizing recommendations through December 2015, some countries have already begun implementing changes to their tax systems. Companies will need to begin assessing the impact on business operations now.

Managing your wealth: Guide to tax and wealth management

PwC’s 2015 year-end guide to tax and wealth management offers guidance for strategic tax planning, managing your portfolio, charitable giving, estate and gift planning, business succession planning and other topics.

10Minutes on organizational DNA

Ever wonder why some companies consistently deliver while others disappoint? Faced with the same market, stocked with similar talent, one organization flourishes, while the other flounders. By understanding what makes your organization tick and where there might be breakdowns to address, you and your employees can truly deliver on your strategic intent.

Downloads: We the urban people

Downloads: We the urban people

10Minutes on integrated reporting

Investors have been showing increased interest in the correlations between financial performance and sustainability factors like resource scarcity, environmental performance and corporate governance when assessing a company’s future risk and growth opportunities. Is your company ready to respond? This 10Minutes highlights insights and benefits companies can glean into these issues by integrating their thinking to develop a better understanding of impacts to their businesses, allowing them to tell a more holistic value creation story.


APEC 2013 CEO Summit: Interviews: PwC

PwC 2013 APEC CEO Survey

PwC's report, building on a survey of more than 370 business leaders and interviews from across the region, confirms the necessity of regional cooperation for our companies' futures.

Drug value

Pharmaceutical companies stand ready to be tested in a world where a drug’s success is more closely tied to its performance. The challenges mount with competition from generics and growing pressure to reduce costs. Now, insurers and integrated providers are driven by models that reward health outcomes and cost savings. For success, drug makers are exploring real-world evidence, new payment models, and the right partnerships.

Behind the numbers: 2016 health care and medical cost trends report

This PwC Health Research Institute (HRI) report projects a medical cost trend of 6.5%, down from 6.8% projected for 2015. Marking 10 years of slowing growth projected to be slightly lower for 2016.

Medical Technology Innovation report

Medtech companies should create an innovation engine that enables service and business model innovation to find new sources of revenue and meet changing customer and consumer demands.

Harnessing customer demand to drive growth

Consumer-packaged goods (CPG) companies, retailers, and their business partners often tout the ways they put customers at the center of their strategies. But while many companies do a good job of understanding their customers, perhaps not as many create demand by coordinating across marketing, sales, and innovation—functions and activities that now encompass the demand chain. This 10Minutes explores ways companies can capitalize on knowing their customer with demand functions pulling in the same direction.

Using technology to help customers achieve their goals

Businesses that embed capabilities to understand usage in their products in service of customers’ goals stand to reap unparalleled value.

Internet of Things

This issue of the Technology Forecast examines the impact of Internet of Things trends on businesses and the IT organization. It analyzes how businesses now have the ability to continue the relationship with customers after the sales transaction by helping them achieve the goals for which they buy the products.

Building the customer-centered organization

What does a customer-centered organization look like? What investments are needed to take you there, and what might that journey look like? This 10Minutes discusses these questions and how companies who focus on creating a customer-centered organization may reap real dividends.

Getting past the hype of gamification

How to get past the hype of gamification and convince leadership of the benefits of implementing the methodology.

Improving the customer and employee experience with gaming technology

The many benefits behind incorporating gaming techniques into business processes include...

Elements of effective game-based emotion design

Bill Fulton of Ronin User Experience describes his empirical yet emotional approach to game design and how it relates to customer engagement.

Employees seeing business through a CEO’s eyes

Milt Riseman describes how business simulation at Advanta Mortgage Services was effective, even before the web.

A game publisher’s view of gamification

Learn about how game developer and publisher Electronic Arts (EA) has applied what it has learned about gaming to its internal training. Its training platform, called EA University.

Cities of Opportunity: Analysis and forecast of global urban economic centers: PwC

Download the 2012 edition of PwC’s Cities of Opportunity. This year’s report, our fifth, analyses in depth the trajectory of 27 capitals of finance, commerce, manufacturing and/or culture across 60 variables -- and offers insight into what factors and conditions make cities function best, plus customized, interactive tools for exploring the data.

Cities of Opportunity: Analysis and forecast of global urban economic centers: PwC

Download the 2012 edition of PwC’s Cities of Opportunity. This year’s report, our fifth, analyses in depth the trajectory of 27 capitals of finance, commerce, manufacturing and/or culture across 60 variables -- and offers insight into what factors and conditions make cities function best, plus customized, interactive tools for exploring the data.

US Manufacturing Resurgence

Signs point to a potential surge in domestic manufacturing, and US companies are carefully watching seven key factors that are impacting the trend. They also need to consider what a potential move or expansion of manufacturing facilities to the US could mean for all aspects of their business.

Retailing 2020: Winning in a polarized world

Retailing 2020: Winning in a polarized world identifies economic drivers that will shape the future US retail landscape and success factors winning retailers and suppliers will likely need to manage to drive growth in the retail landscape of 2020.

Academic medical centers

Academic medical centers (AMCs) are the nucleus of the U.S. health system, yet they face multiple challenges.

Eurozone sovereign debt crisis

As Europe continues to grapple with sovereign debt problems, austerity measures, and recession, the Eurozone is changing and will likely emerge from the ongoing crisis looking quite different from the one we know today. Because the world is so interconnected, virtually every company will be affected and needs to figure out the impact on their companies worldwide - from strategy and operations to execution - and start preparing now.

Eurozone sovereign debt crisis: Minimizing surprises despite Eurozone uncertainties

How will the effects of the European debt crisis impact US businesses? PwC shares its views on what companies can do to manage the changes that lie ahead.

Point of view: Beyond the bid: The legacy of mega-events in intellectual capital

Intellectual capital abounds at mega-events; capturing that legacy allows all stakeholders to benefit from one another’s skills, knowledge, and innovation.

Business continuity management

The best disaster survival manual may be obsolete if it doesn’t anticipate major disruptions to the supply chain or at outsourced operations. As a result, business continuity management programs are being designed to continually assess— as well as counter—risks stemming from the interdependencies integral to running a business.

View issue 15

In this issue of PwC's View, companies can learn how to keep pace with change, and design a fiercest competitor as part of the strategy. Other articles look at cyber security and doing business in emerging markets.

Gaining ground: As the APEC region grows, talent shortages rise

The latest APEC CEO survey reveals that business leaders in the Asia-Pacific region are eager to grow but must adapt their talent strategies in an increasingly competitive environment

Designing your fiercest competitor: Mastering change by making it real

Imagining a scenario that would destroy your business enables a company to outlast and outsmart the competition

Cybersecurity: The new business priority

Biggest cyberthreats and how companies can protect themselves

All in the family: Private companies voice their challenges and opportunities

Family-owned businesses face challenges like competition, government policies and market conditions

Navigating the risks and opportunities in emerging markets

The rate of growth in emerging markets for the past decade and a half has been twice that of advanced countries, and this trend is unlikely to abate anytime soon.

Beyond the BRICS: How to succeed in emerging markets (by really trying)

Emerging markets offer cost-effective investment opportunities for businesses eager to grow globally—now

Are you designing a disruptive business model to keep your fiercest competitor at bay?

Designing a disruptive business model to keep your fiercest competitor at bay.

Ranking business-friendly cities

PwC ranks the cities that are most business-friendly, as well as what characteristics make them ideal.

Capital projects and infrastructure: The next test for nuclear

Nuclear power may be the solution of the future for global electricity needs.

Embracing a new dynamic: Foresight and risk taking in a changing global marketplace

Bob Moritz's insights of Asian and developed word CEOs about business growth and risk.

Health industry goldrush

The healthcare industry is innovating itself into four categories: fixers, connectors, retailers, implementers

Technology Forecast: Reshaping the workforce with the new analytics

This edition of Technology Forecast explores the impact of the new analytics and a culture of inquiry enterprises can foster with the help of emerging data analysis tools and services.

Message from the editor

Message from the editor

The art and science of new analytics technology

The art and science of new analytics technology

The third wave of customer analytics

The third wave of customer analytics

How CIOs can build the foundation for a data science culture

How CIOs can build the foundation for a data science culture

Natural language processing and social media intelligence

Natural language processing and social media intelligence

The CIO’s role in social enterprise strategy

Social technology offers considerable promise, but CIOs and business units are struggling to figure out how to use it effectively. A key reason is that most social media outside the enterprise is just pure communication. Making the same use of these tools inside the enterprise only imposes more channels on already overwhelmed staff. What alternatives exist to help alleviate communications overload?

The anytime, anywhere business opportunity

No longer viewed as a strictly consumer phenomenon, smart devices enabled by wireless data networks are getting down to business. Companies operating within all kinds of value chains are embracing them to improve processes, enhance collaboration, and reduce costs. But those benefits are only the beginning. Where do the real payoffs come from for companies using them?

Defining a new CEO agenda

As shown by the results of our 14th Annual Global CEO Survey,¹ about half of all CEOs are confident about revenue growth going forward. But how will they achieve it? Here PwC's Tom Craren outlines eight key strategies for seizing the opportunities at hand.