Researching the state of strategy and how CSOs create — or struggle to create — value for their companies.
Companies large and small continue to create the CSO position. Yet as desirable as this role clearly is, there are signs that it has yet to be exploited to its full potential. Indeed, in a wide-ranging survey of 187 CSOs across the globe, Strategy& found that only 25 percent of respondents felt they were “very successful” at creating value for their company. And in our ongoing research into the state of strategy, we find that 65 percent of executives across industries don’t think their company has a winning strategy..
This tells us that companies need to reexamine how to get the most from this increasingly critical strategic role. Getting this right is vital: In these turbulent times, companies need to make clear choices on how they are going to compete and win, and that requires building real advantage. Just “existing” — launching initiative after initiative to seek growth or trying to remain flexible and react to what others are doing — is a clear path to failure. Companies need to reboot the CSO role and strategy itself.