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Inheriting a Complex World


At IOD EMEA we highlighted some of the results from the recent CEO study IBM conducted (specifically zeroing in on the implications of more than 60% of CEOs surveyed citing industry transformation and the information explosion as the most significant factors facing their organizations over the next 5 years. )  

This year we didn't only survey CEOs, but for the first time IBM reached out to 3,600 college and graduate students to see how the views of tomorrow's leaders might differ from today's.

Students' perceptions have been profoundly shaped by the digital and interconnected world of their school years. What is the impact of those experiences? Given the world they inherited from previous generations, what do today's students believe about the role of public and private organizations? Most importantly, when they become leaders themselves, what are they likely to do differently?


Over on his Analytics for Government blog (Are our Future Leaders More Comfortable with Complexity?), Frank Stein highlighted some of the findings that have implications from an analytics standpoint :
We found that students who had the greatest sense of complexity put much more emphasis on the analytics and predictive capabilities of information.   They were 50% more likely to expect significant impact from increased information than peers who did not have the same sense of complexity.  And they were 22% more likely to believe that organizations should focus on insight and intelligence to enable their strategies.


All in all, it's interesting to see the contrast between today's students and today's leaders.  My guess is some of the differences stem from the more limited real-world experience students have, leading to a more optimistic take on things (they tended to view things as more complex but less volatile and uncertain).  

Click through to the report for all the details.

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