A clear majority of business leaders in the Asia Pacific region see the business environment in which they operate becoming increasingly complex. Not just in terms of macroeconomic and geopolitical trends, but in the disruption they predict from new technologies, relentless cost and margin pressures, and waves of regulatory change they are navigating.

Successfully plotting a way through today’s volatile business environment demands more resilience and ingenuity than ever before. New challenges, both positive and negative, arise as soon as old ones have subsided, and the ever changing nature of competition means companies must maintain a consistent, innovative edge. For those at the helm of companies, the road ahead will likely be a bumpy one.

But what are the shared complexities that are ratcheting up the pressure on executives in Asia Pacific? Our survey of 150 senior business leaders from across the region seeks to answer several key questions around business complexity, while drawing out specific industry themes.

These questions include:
of corporate executives and managers across Asia Pacific feel that doing business is becoming more complex. Just 11% see it becoming less complex.
This survey looks at the complexities facing businesses today. In this context, the definition of complexity is how many variables/risks/ considerations that doing business requires in order to be successful.
  • What are the greatest challenges/complexities affecting businesses in Asia Pacific today?
  • Which complexities will receive the most focus (time and attention) from business leaders in the next two years?
  • Which governments in Asia Pacific are most active in simplifying the business process? Which countries will have greater influence?
  • What will be the impact of technology on different industries, and which technologies will have the most significant disruptive force?
This report provides insights into these questions and others. It also provides an overview of the overall drivers of complexity and a glimpse into the various challenges that executive teams are dealing with in their respective industries. More importantly, it serves as the beginning of a much broader discussion on how decision makers can prepare to do business in today’s intricate corporate environment, while utilizing existing complexities to their advantage.
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