The world around us is changing. Long-term trends, driven by public policy and the exponential rate of change in the digital infrastructure, are fundamentally altering the global business environment. We initially respond to these changes by working harder within existing institutions and practices. The result is diminishing performance and mounting stress. Until we understand the nature of those changes and evolve our institutions and practices accordingly, we won’t be able to effectively harness new capabilities and turn stress into success.
The Shift Index can help executives understand and take advantage of the changes around them. Updated every year, the Shift Index looks at over 40 years’ worth of data for 25 metrics in three areas: developments in the technological and political foundations underlying market changes how flows of capital, information, and talent are changing the business landscape impacts of these changes on competition, volatility, and performance across industries Combined, these factors reflect what we call the Big Shift in the global business environment.
For the 2013 edition, we’ve broken the Shift Index into five relevant, concise, and thought-provoking reports to help executives translate research into action. Make workers more passionate. Make sense of the changing business environment. Find opportunities by embracing contradictions.
Explore the papers and additional resources below:
|Unlocking the Passion of the Explorer
Times of great and constant change require companies to be flexible and to grow stronger. We explore how organizations can cultivate and engage the right dispositions and talent. View video
|From exponential technologies to exponential innovation
Exponential advances in core digital technologies are enable innovators to rapidly build upon other innovations. We discuss the opportunities and risks inherent in these dramatic changes. View infographic
|Success or struggle: ROA as a true measure of business performance
The sustained and significant decline in performance shows that many companies haven’t yet figured out how to harness technology or knowledge flows to be successful in an increasingly turbulent world.
|2013 Shift Index metrics: The burdens of the past
While individuals are eagerly embracing new technologies and practices in their personal lives, our research suggests that outdated institutional structures and practices continue to inhibit organizational knowledge flows, limiting learning and performance improvement. View our methodology
|World of Contradictions
The forces of the Big Shift are creating a host of contradictions. For organizations that embrace, rather than resolve, the ambiguities, these contradiction are a rich source of opportunity.
|Implications for the Firm
The pressures for firms and institutions trying to navigate the Big Shift are immense. Yet we believe there is cause for optimism as we rethink how we work and consume.
Unlocking the Passion of the Explorer