For our five annual predictions for the learning and development sector, we follow the general view that technology – in the forms of machine leaning, artificial intelligence, augmented reality – will be a dominant force. But it won’t all be about AI in 2018.
Geopolitical uncertainty has become a major constraint on foreign direct investment. Given that international investment flourishes in a climate of political calm and multilateral cooperation, it should come as little surprise that rising political risks would deter companies from investing abroad, says Laza Kekic.
Market growth and strategy development were the major challenges facing global senior business executives in 2017. However, looking ahead over the next three years, changing priorities will bring a greater emphasis on cybersecurity and digitalisation of business processes.
For some 30 years, businesses have operated within a relatively favourable political environment that assumed the ongoing spread of free-market democracy. However, company risk analysts must now consider trends that are challenging the ‘Davos’ consensus around the benefits of an open global economy.
What lies behind unhappiness in the workplace? Sometimes, it is a matter of management shortcomings. But it could also reflect a general decline in happiness nationwide. Laza Kekic analyses the worsening inputs that comprise national happiness, and explains why the decline has been particularly strong in the US over the past decade.
Digitalisation and market growth are the major challenges facing senior business executives in the Gulf Cooperation Council countries, according to the 2017 Corporate Learning Pulse global survey. Conducted on behalf of Financial Times | IE Business School Corporate Learning Alliance, the survey considers the future direction of leadership development.