Executive Summary: Gartner-Forbes 2012 Board of Directors Survey: Stay in Balance



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Our second annual survey of board directors reveals board priorities and sentiments that are useful for business executive planning and fund-raising efforts. Although the business outlook is confusing, the results indicate that board directors are still willing to invest in growth and especially IT.

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  • Analysis
    • While 62% of respondents are proactively preparing for a market upturn, 54% are preparing for a market recession. This will force executives to find a balance between upturn and downturn.
    • Fifty percent of respondents agree that IT is a way to change the rules of competition, which explains why IT is at the top of investment priorities, tied with sales.
    • The top business priority of survey respondents is attracting new customers, which will drive IT investments in that area.
    • The fastest-rising priority is pursuing greater diversity in the business portfolio, which will drive mergers and acquisitions.
    • Risk management is the least-likely investment area to decrease.
  • Recommended Reading
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