20th CEO Survey

20 years inside the mind of the CEO... What's next?

For the last two decades, PwC has asked business leaders everywhere about the trends reshaping business and society. As we mark the 20th year of our annual CEO survey, we’ve observed just how much the world has changed.

While CEOs around the world feel they have plenty to worry about in the year ahead, their confidence in their own growth prospects and their outlook for the global economy are back on the rise.

In PwC’s 20th annual survey of CEOs worldwide, more than one third are very confident about their company’s growth prospects in the next 12 months, and almost one third believe global economic growth will pick up in 2017.

The findings show that while business leaders are more positive in their outlook, their levels of concern about economic uncertainty, over-regulation and availability of key skills remain very high. 


Our 20th CEO survey explores what executives in 2017 think about three imperatives:

managing man and machine to create a workforce that’s fit for the digital age;


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preserving organisational trust in a world of increasingly virtual interactions;

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and making globalisation work for everyone by ensuring the benefits are distributed more fairly.



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Rapid technological change is shifting CEOs’ concerns. 62% of the Belgian CEOs surveyed say they are already addressing artificial intelligence and automation – including blockchain – today.

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Belgian CEOs have a great deal of confidence in being able to grow their businesses, and are betting on innovation and digital capabilities to make it happen.


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Belgian CEOs have greater confidence in the world economy than their colleagues abroad.


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Innovation is a prerequisite for performance improvement and to be able to capitalise on opportunities, according to Belgian business leaders.


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94% consider digital skills a priority for Belgian workforce.


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