The Anxious Optimist in the Corner Office

What’s on the mind of 1,293 CEOs around the world?

PwC's 21st CEO Survey

The world’s CEOs look to the future with optimism and anxiety

Despite record levels of short-term optimism in the global economy, CEOs worldwide report heightened levels of anxiety regarding the business, economic, and, particularly, the societal threats confronting their organisations. PwC’s 21st CEO Survey sheds light on this seeming contradiction and the factors contributing to CEOs’ anxiously optimistic outlook on 2018 and beyond.


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Global confidence, organisational caution

This year saw the highest-ever jump to a record level of CEO optimism in global economic growth over the next 12 months. However, this burst of positivity regarding the macro economy does not translate into an equivalent surge of confidence in their own organisations’ growth prospects.

Find out why CEOs are so optimistic

What Keeps CEOs Up at Night Differs By Region

While regional differences reveal a mix of threats that concern CEOs, they share a common increasing worry about broader societal developments — geopolitical uncertainty, terrorism, and climate change — rather than direct business risks such as changing consumer behaviour or new market entrants.

Find out more about CEOs' top concerns

Navigating a Fractured World

Echoing the theme of the World Economic Forum this year, CEOs acknowledge that we live in a fractured world. They are divided over whether future economic growth will benefit the many or the few, but they agree that we need new metrics to measure prosperity going forward.

What's dividing CEOs?

What's on the minds of Portuguese CEOs for the year ahead?

CEOs in Portugal are among the most confident regarding global economic growth with more than two-thirds (77%) believing that it will improve over the next 12 months, compared to 57% globally. Of the broader societal threats that CEOs in Portugal are worried about Terrorism threat that now tops the list, followed by geopolitical uncertainty, and climate change and environmental damage.

With regards to business threats to growth, the speed of technological change is the greatest concern followed by cyber threats and the changing consumer habits, Portuguese CEOs also seem to be struggling as much as their counterparts in Western Europe and globally to attract digital talent to their companies.

See the Portuguese key findings

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Global Marketing & Insights Director, PwC Switzerland
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