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The Unmet Promises of the Open-Plan Office

Posted by Thought Leadership on Jun 12, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Global survey shows how open-plan layouts threaten employee wellness and productivity while failing to deliver on collaboration, growth and other critical business goals—and what companies can do to address these issues

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Topics: HR, Talent, and labour, Thought leadership, Organisation and operations, Global surveys, Business and economic outlook, Workforce, Workplace, Open office

Business optimism over global outlook strongest for two years – OE survey

Posted by Oxford Economics on Feb 7, 2018 8:15:07 PM

Companies’ spirits boosted by buoyant world trade and US fiscal stimulus measures as fears over North Korea tensions and China slowdown retreat

Businesses are increasingly positive about prospects for the world economy, with optimism over the global outlook at its strongest for two years, according to Oxford Economics’ latest survey of global risk perceptions among clients and business contacts, including some of the world’s largest companies.

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Topics: Trump, Global economics, China, Global surveys, Business and economic outlook, North Korea, Protectionism, China slowdown, Global trade, US tax cuts, Fiscal stimulus

Fear of Trump policy errors, N Korea tensions keep businesses fearing a slowdown

Posted by Oxford Economics on Nov 10, 2017 8:30:00 AM

Businesses remain fearful over risks of major economic upsets that could trigger a global slowdown - despite the present upswing in world growth, according to our latest quarterly survey of global corporate risk perceptions.  Business fears over tensions between the US and North Korean and over potential US policy errors emanating from the Trump Administration have persisted since the summer, even as world growth has strengthened.

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Topics: Trump, Global economics, Global surveys, Business and economic outlook, North Korea, Populism

How well are you living? Take the quiz – discover how a good sleep is 4x more important than pay

Posted by Oxford Economics on Nov 3, 2017 11:22:18 AM

How closely linked is your disposable income to your overall wellness? Does sleep impact your quality of life? What about spending time outdoors or chatting with your neighbours? Our daily experiences and interactions impact our lives and wellness. But it’s not always so clear how to define and measure them.

In our latest research, we explore those questions and more, partnering with Sainsbury’s as we quantify, analyse, and track what it means to live well.

We asked more than 8,000 people to tell us how they’re living – from their relationships with partners, family and friends, to whether they own their own home, how secure they feel in their finances and jobs and much more. In the coming years, we will track how these factors change and impact our lives, creating the Sainsbury’s Living Well Index.

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Topics: HR, Talent, and labour, Global surveys, United Kingdom, Wellness, Health

Ecosystem India

Posted by Thought Leadership on Feb 24, 2017 9:00:00 AM

The IBM Institute for Business Value engaged Oxford Economics to reach out to nearly 1,300 Indian executives as part of a global survey of 2,151 business leaders focussing on the emergence of global ecosystems.

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Topics: HR, Talent, and labour, Thought leadership, Organisation and operations, Global surveys, India

Entrepreneurial India

Posted by Thought Leadership on Feb 23, 2017 9:05:00 AM

The IBM Institute for Business Value engaged Oxford Economics to survey Indian executives, including about 600 startup entrepreneurs, 100 venture capitalists, 100 government leaders, 500 leaders of established companies, and 22 leaders in higher education.

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Topics: Thought leadership, Organisation and operations, Global surveys, India, Market sizing and trends

Facing the Storm: Navigating the global skills crisis

Posted by Thought Leadership on Feb 22, 2017 2:37:31 PM

The IBM Institute for Business Value engaged Oxford Economics to survey more than 5,600 global executives in 18 industries and 48 countries to gauge their current skills challenges and assess future needs.

Our survey respondents confirmed the massive changes occurring across industries worldwide, as well as technology's influence on consumers. For example, 75% of global business, government, and higher education leaders believe that consumer buying behavior is shifting from a strictly product/service basis to an experience basis. 85% indicate competition is coming from new and unexpected sources, and 67% say that traditional boundaries between industries are blurring as industries are reshaped. As a result, many business leaders believe their structures and processes need to change too. 

Click here to read the full report.
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Topics: HR, Talent, and labour, Thought leadership, Organisation and operations, Global surveys

Rethinking insurance: How cognitive computing enhances engagement and efficiency

Posted by Thought Leadership on Feb 7, 2017 3:26:37 PM

Oxford Economics worked with IBM's Institute for Business Value in  mid-2016 to field a survey among 1,502 C-suite executives in a range of roles around the world. As the cognitive era dawns, outperformers in the industry are rethinking insurance by applying technologies that understand, reason, learn and interact to improve the way insurers do business.

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Topics: Thought leadership, Innovation, R&D, and science, Organisation and operations, Global surveys

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