NZ Business - - FROM THE EDITOR - An­nie Gray

One of the in­ter­est­ing as­pects to emerge from the an­nual PWC CEO sur­vey, now in its 20th year, was that New Zealand CEOs saw new growth com­ing from work­ing with other or­gan­i­sa­tions to help them achieve their tar­gets. And this was at odds with their global coun­ter­parts who in­tended to rely on or­ganic growth.

PWC says 75 per­cent of the New Zealand CEOs it sur­veyed will rely on or­ganic growth in the com­ing year, while the UK, Aus­tralia and the USA were all over 90 per­cent. Of the lo­cal CEOs, 72 per­cent stated they are seek­ing a new strate­gic al­liance or joint ven­ture to drive growth, com­pared to 48 per­cent glob­ally, which is quite a marked con­trast.

The CEO sur­vey is a great tool, both lo­cally and glob­ally, to get a grip on what forces are driv­ing our busi­ness lead­ers and where they see the fu­ture tak­ing us. Our cov­er­age (page 9) high­lights just some of the trends the sur­vey un­cov­ered.

This is­sue we also look at how the events in the US are af­fect­ing CEOs over there, cour­tesy of an ex­cel­lent ar­ti­cle by INSEAD Professor N. Craig Smith who says Pres­i­dent Trump is putting CEOs to the test. While US CEOs have stood up to op­pose the im­mi­gra­tion ban, he asks whether they will they show the same com­mit­ment to the en­vi­ron­ment. Our cover story pur­sues this theme from a lo­cal an­gle, ask­ing what lessons our lead­ers here can learn from the un­fold­ing events in the US and in Europe and what it means in terms of lo­cal lead­er­ship trends.

As al­ways, if there is a topic you would like to see Man­age­ment cover, please do let me know. En­joy your month.

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