Chief Executive Officers are preparing for slow economic growth caused by demographic trends, political instability and the unwinding of unprecedented monetary stimulus. They must respond to the blistering pace of technological change in a way that makes them the disrupters, rather than the disrupted. Additionally, they face talent challenges as the millennial generation gravitates towards technology companies, startups or non-profits.
These immediate risks demand attention. Yet important social trends are also creating structural risks that must be understood and considered in strategic planning: widening gaps in wealth, generational inequality and shortfalls in retirement funding. These trends may give rise to global crises that could present much graver threats to business returns than the familiar challenges that most companies grapple with every day, according to Oliver Wyman CEO Scott McDonald.