Risk management has made a remarkable shift up the agenda this year. The fact that 59% of respondents indicates that risk management is high on the agenda says something about the risk awareness within companies. The financial crisis has made companies more careful. No more ‘rash moves’ are allowed to happen. Controlled progress without too many risks - that is on every CEO’s wish list. The million dollar question is if this is actually feasible in the quickly changing disruptive reality. As in previous years, margin pressure still plays a large role. Due to the crisis, the prices have further decreased in the past years, and many organisations are having a hard time raising them again.
The fastest climber and new on top of the agenda is the strategic issue of organisational flexibilisation. This issue is frequently to constantly discussed during the board meetings of 57% of the respondents. Flexibilisation is closely related with another key social theme: the increasing rate of self-employed in the working population. Remarkably, the business model item has a lower position on the agenda this year. From 2009, this strategic issue was always in the top half of the CEOs’ agendas - in second place last year. It seems that after years of investing in the business model, the companies have ‘cleaned up their act’. This is apparent from the fact that 42% of respondents indicate that financing is derived from their internal cash flow in 2016. After years of tinkering with the organisation, the CEOs seem ‘tired of change’. Now that the internal organisation is in order, they start looking beyond their own walls again.