9 posts categorised "Operations"

03/20/2017

Is ‘crisis-ready’ the new normal in a volatile world?

Author: Melanie Butler, PwC’s Global Crisis Centre Leader I struggle to remember a time when the world seemed quite as unpredictable as it does today. The rise of populism, a seemingly resurgent Cold War, the ongoing refugee crisis and many other geopolitical and economic scenarios have challenged long-held assumptions and...

11/02/2016

Success and succession: addressing strategic planning for family businesses

Authors: Stephanie Hyde, Global Entrepreneurial & Private Business Leader and Peter Bartels, Global Family Business Leader We’re launching our eighth Family Business Survey today – with over 2,800 participants it’s a fascinating and truly global picture of one of the most important and vibrant business sectors. The ambition, resilience, and...

10/10/2016

Pay attention – the banks are getting it right

Author Richard Sexton, Vice Chairman, Global Assurance The more research we undertake and the more research we read, the more we hear that transparency is increasingly important. We hear too that demonstrating trustworthiness is tricky and, as they work in new and increasingly varied ways, companies have to find new...

03/10/2016

Adapting to a brave new world: what PwC’s Annual Global CEO Survey tells us about the private company sector

Author: Henrik Steinbrecher, Network Middle Market Leader PwC’s Annual Global CEO Survey is one of our most important pieces of thought leadership, providing a barometer of how some of the world’s most important executives are reacting to trends in the global economy, from the issues that worry them, to the...

12/03/2015

Reimagining operations

Author: Mark Strom, Principal, Global and US Operations Consulting Leader It’s almost too familiar to address, but it still needs to be done. I’d estimate that at least half of the companies my teams work with would benefit from having more incentives for operations leaders to collaborate proactively and achieve...

07/08/2013

Reshoring - considerations for CEOs in the manufacturing sector

Author: Mark Crawford, PwC UK "Have you got anything on reshoring?" I was asked a couple of weeks ago by a journalist from a highly respected UK national. It certainly got me thinking. What with the 'fracking' revolution, the switch in China from export to domestic consumption, and the acceleration...

07/03/2013

Innovation rises up the CEO agenda

Author: Rob Shelton, Global Innovation Strategy Lead It’s no big surprise that 97% of CEOs say innovation is becoming one of the key levers for growth. What’s surprising is that almost two thirds of the 246 CEOs we surveyed in our Pulse Survey on Innovation said they see innovation as...

03/06/2013

The question on COOs’ minds: “So now what?”

According to our latest Annual Global CEO Survey, the challenge for CEOs is balancing efficiency with agility. They’re trying to cut costs without cutting value or leaving their organisations exposed to external upheavals. Meanwhile, many COOs may be wondering, “So now what?” It’s a really good question, and it emanates...

02/14/2013

Moving closer to home - is offshoring coming full circle as CEOs pursue operational efficiency?

China, for so long now the default choice of many corporations as their low-cost manufacturing base, is facing increased competition – ironically, from the home countries of many of the multinationals who've been off-shoring to China! China still has a substantial labour cost advantage over many developed countries, for sure,...