“At a time of continuing economic uncertainty, nine out of 10 global decision-makers now believe greater collaboration between business, government and other sectors is essential if the world’s economy is to recover.”
This was the main finding of a recent study by PSB, as part of research Bank of America is conducting to better understand customers and clients.
The survey of more than 2,000 global decision-makers across business, government and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) reveals an overwhelming demand for increased collaboration, if significant global growth is to return within the next five years.
Governments and business should assert the value of greater connectivity and collaborative workingMany decision-makers feel governments should assert the value of greater connectivity, while businesses should also lead with more inspiring examples of best practice, valuable high-profile partnerships and the development of more leaders within organizations who value and encourage collaborative thinking. Those polled supported the sectoral connectivity and economic benefit that is already flowing from projects such as local public-private partnerships to improve educational standards in Brazil, and business partnerships in South Asia where a leading global food company is partnering with local suppliers and international NGOs to improve the efficiency and sustainability of their palm oil supply chain. Economic regeneration is also a major theme for partnerships, and in Europe, the London 2012 Games were also cited by respondents as a leading example of collaboration, with businesses, government and NGOs coming together to help regenerate the East End of London. The "Connection Imperative" Survey, released today, shows that such global connectivity appears likely to increase, with more than 40 percent of those polled expressing a greater desire for collaboration over the next five years. Commenting on the survey findings, Bank of America’s Chief Executive Officer Brian Moynihan said, “Leaders around the world recognize the value and need for greater global collaboration. As we move the economy and markets forward, one of the touchstones to the decisions we make must be to recognize that harnessing the power of connections is a force for great good that fuels scientific breakthroughs, remarkable economic achievements, and social progress.”