Recession: Looking for stress points


In my last posting Davos 2009, Recession and Business Strategy: Quo Vadis? I included some straightforward questions to start the process of “stress testing” your business strategy.  In this posting I would like to explore the issue of “Stress” from a different perspective, which has a distinctly human element.

Unfortunately all the dials (or most of them) are pointing to a period of prolonged economic recession.  And we cannot be sure, with any degree certainty, what the post recession world will look like. As I explain in my recession scenarios,we could face four completely different worlds.

This means, probably for the first time in our lives, that we will have to live through a period of extended business and strategic ambiguity.  Some observers tell us that we are entering a depression that could last for up to 10 years.

We know too little, from both strategy and human perspectives, of what the challenges are for living and managing in a such a period of extended ambiguity.  Together with my colleagues, I am interested in exploring further the strategic and psychological implications both of this economic downturn and the prospect of a long period of “strategic ambiguity”.

I would therefore be grateful if you could spare a few minutes to complete the following survey.  It can be completed anonymously and only the aggregated findings will be published.  The results will help us to gain a deeper understanding of the challenges that we face. To participate, please click on the button below.

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