The Conference Board Business Knowledge Research


Since 1916, the Conference Board, a global non-partisan, non-profit organization, has been an authoritative source for management and economic research.  Businesses, associations and the press all rely on the Conference Board to provide them with reliable business data and research.  The Bryant community has access to this research through the Conference Board Business Knowledge Network, a database located under the Articles & Databases link on the library website.  The Annual Studies link on the database left menu provides users with access to 2 of the Conference Board’s well-known reports: the Top Executive Compensation Report (a report on the top five highest paid executives in 2,108 publicly-traded U.S. companies) and the Corporate Contributions Report (an analysis of giving patterns of 166 major corporations).  Additional in-depth studies on various management topics–ranging from accounting to customer relationship management to supply chain management–can be found under the Business Management Research link.

Conference Board’s Economic Research link provides access to global economic data and the respected indexes supplied by Conference Board analysts, including the well-known Consumer Confidence Survey.  This survey, based on a sample of 5,000 U.S. households, reports on consumer attitudes and buying intentions and reflects current business conditions and likely developments for future months.  Changes in this index and the Conference Board Leading Economic Index and Employment Trends Index are reported in the monthly Conference Board Economic Watch.   This publication also provides an Economic Forecast for the United States with an annual forecast of leading indicators, including but not limited to Real GDP, Real Disposable Income, CPI Inflation, and Housing Starts.  The Economic Watch also posts a number of Global Leading Economic Indexes.  The StraightTalk Newsletter & Forecast, commentary & forecasts written by the Conference Board Chief Economist Bart van Ark, and continually updated global economic indicators (posted every 3-4 days) complete the content included in the Economic Research section of the website.

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