Growing (and Shrinking) Functions at the Top

Print or Download Confronting challenges that are rapidly evolving and others that are newly emerging, the world’s largest companies have understandably adjusted their C-suites to align their executive management teams for organizational success amidst these challenges. Over the past four years, we have carefully observed some profound and significant changes in C-suites at the world’s… More

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Newcomers and Promotions at the Top

Print or Download C-suite roles are highly coveted positions in global business. To fill these important positions, companies sometimes pursue new hires from outside their organizations, and they sometimes promote talent internally. We assessed C-suite executives from the 500 companies that comprise the 2021 edition of the Global Fortune 500.  C-suite executives at these companies… More

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The Corporate Power School Ranking

Where did the top decision makers of the largest companies go to college? Print or download The largest 500 companies in the world that comprise the Global Fortune 500 employ thousands of executives around the world. Have you ever wondered what academic affiliations and degrees these executives obtained on their way to the top? We… More

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The Most Popular College Degrees in the C-Suite

Print or Download Decision-makers in medium and large companies mostly hold Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees: While management, science, and engineering, are leading degrees among today’s executives, the academic specialties at the top of today’s corporate organizational charts are diverse: This diversity reflects the wide-ranging areas of expertise required to handle the daily challenges that confront… More

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Five Strategies to Expand Your Leadership

Boris Groysberg and Katherine Connolly BadenHarvard Business School Print or download Even in the best times, executives routinely experience some level of challenge with skill obsolescence. Organizational leaderships keeps evolving This is simply the nature of organizational leadership in the 21st century; some skills necessary to do the job evolve, change, or sometimes become obsolete… More

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Corporate Board Members: Myths vs. Facts

Print or Download Boards of directors are elected by the company’s shareholders to supervise their company’s key officers. As such, for many, becoming a corporate director exemplifies a pinnacle career accomplishment.   At least lately, however, the reality of being a corporate director varies considerable with its long-standing perceptions. The perception of a corporate director… More

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Pandemic’s Impact on Executive Skills

Boris Groysberg and Katherine Connolly Baden Harvard Business School September 29, 2021 Print or Download Executives are always striving to stay relevant, now and in the future. It is a crucial aspect of managing a career and developing professionally. What has recently been upended, however, is the backdrop against which executives are trying to maintain… More

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What Makes a Strong Organizational Chart?

Organization charts are detailed directories of an organization’s design, including names, positions held, responsibilities, contact details and reporting lines within the organization. They are sometimes enriched with photos, information about ongoing projects, performance, experiences, or skills. 1. Share A great company organizational chart provides a visualization of an organization’s complex structure. They are easy to… More

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How Can I Leverage the Global Fortune 500 List?

Being an employee or a vendor of a Global Fortune 500 company is widely perceived as a badge of honor. But it is not the only such prestigious list of corporations. We have selected 20 highly prestigious company lists. Our most popular lists in 2020 were: UnicornsRussell 3000Global Forbes 2000Global Fortune 500Euro Stoxx 600 These… More

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Five (Recent) Corporate Organizational Trends

The pandemic has forced companies to accelerate their transformation. “We have done in two weeks what we thought was impossible in two years” is common feedback. To cope with groundbreaking situations, companies have had to move (very) fast. Over the past several months, companies have been reviewing their business models and their priorities. They are… More

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How Sales Executives are Mastering B2B Sales Conversations

The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic is having a nearly universal detrimental impact on all industries, including  business-to-business (B2B) sales, which likely will not return to normal for quite a while. Some contend they may never return ever to normal, at least as we knew them before the pandemic. This article covers high-level B2B sales between sales… More

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Covid-19 is not the only Force Altering B2B Sales

The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic is likely to prove one of the costliest developments in history, likely costing between $1 trillion and $2 trillion, according to United Nations and other estimates. Like most industries, those engaged in business-to-business (B2B) sales are identifying new ways to conduct their business, including remote and other means of communicating, until… More

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The World’s 12 Best Company Lists

There are 800 million registered companies in the world with one or more employees. That’s an incredibly large number. Over the years, various stock exchanges, analysts and media outlets have sought to organize these companies into lists based on their various common denominators. Here is my (arbitrary) selection of what I consider the world’s 12… More

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Account-Based Marketing 2.0

This year, US business to business online sales will top $9 trillion. Nearly every company engaged in this large and growing sector would likely acknowledge that the key to its past growth owes much to the emergence of account-based marketing. Every indication shows that account-based marketing will remain a centerpiece to exploding sales in the… More

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How Do You Attract The Best Executives?

By Professor Boris Groysberg, Harvard Business School and his research team Abstract: Executive loyalty and executive engagement drive company success. What are the factors that can in/decrease executive loyalty and engagement? How can you act on this? Professor Boris Groysberg at Harvard Business School has partnered with The Official Board to survey over 7,000 top… More

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Ten Words to Impress Your Data Scientist

Before there was “data science”, as most of us will recall, there was simply “data”. It was straightforward. The blossoming discipline of data science has emerged. Here are ten phrases that surround the hot new world of data science. 1. Do we have an alpha? Finding an “alpha” mostly refers to finding a formula for… More

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100 Executive Job Descriptions

Print or Save in PDF. “What’s in a name?” William Shakespeare famously asked in Romeo and Juliet. In today’s corporations, the more suitable question might be: “What’s in an executive job title?” The answer: Quite a lot. This document describes in a few words the 100 most popular executive jobs that we have found at the… More

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Five Tips for Designing an Executive Team

Large and fast-growing companies such as Amazon, Apple, Google, and Netflix have invented new organizations and new ways of doing business. Their organizational structures and new approaches to business are reflected in the executive business titles that collectively define their organizational structures. These same titles are also promulgating within the 75,000+ company organizational charts that we… More

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Executive Job Trends for 2019

Of the ten most valuable U.S. companies, seven are technology-centric. Yet, while technology has become the first corporate change driver, it is not the only one. We recently completed an analysis of 280,000 executive moves at the world’s 75,000 largest companies over the past 12 months. Print or Save in PDF What we discovered is… More

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