We’re living through unprecedented change: digitisation; globalisation; urbanisation and climate change. The world of this year’s 20th CEO Survey is unrecognisable from the world of 1997, when the survey was published for the first time. Globalisation has brought some clear benefits – both social and economic - but there are now serious questions about how evenly those benefits are being shared. And in every market, businesses face new risks and new opportunities.
Private companies are a vital part of these economies, and many have histories going back generations, not just years. So how do their CEOs see the world of 2017? And how confident are they about the future?
“The business landscape is ever changing, and now, changing faster than ever. We need to move away from an organisational mind-set of long-range plans to one that is agile, quick to adapt to changing market needs. You can't do that if you don't completely refresh how you work culturally and what software tools you use. I sincerely believe that IT infrastructure and digitalisation will be an instrumental part of our business going forward. The companies who are most flexible, agile and adaptable will be the winners because the world will change even more going forwards.”
Global Family Business Leader, PwC Germany
Global Leader - Entrepreneurial & Private Business, PwC Australia
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Project manager, Global Entrepreneurial & Private Business, PwC UK
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