Tapping into talent

Workplace skills have become the key business differentiator of the twenty-first century. In much the same way that manufacturing prowess, technical efficiency and organizational flexibility defined success in the twentieth century, the ability of workers to adapt to and employ leading-edge technologies is defining economic leadership today. This skills centrality provides China, in particular, significant opportunities to extend global business leadership. With the country’s deep human reserves, advanced development capabilities and commitment to technological skills innovation, Chinese leaders have a tangible opportunity to redefine business and industry and, by so doing, the global economy.

Featured findings

80% of Chinese executives say that technological advances are reshaping demand for skills
85% of Chinese executives indicate that partnering is essential to build necessary capabilities in the current market environment
81% of Chinese executives are looking to acquire new talent from outside the organization to meet skill needs

About the authors

Anthony Marshall

Anthony Marshall
Research Director
IBM Institute for Business Value

Lucy Qu

Lucy Qu
Managing Consultant
IBM China Institute of Government Innovation

Po Yang

Po Yang
Associate Professor, Graduate School of Education
Peking University

Dave Zaharchuk

Dave Zaharchuk
Global Government and Education Industry Lead
IBM Institute for Business Value

Ying Zhan

Ying Zhan
Managing Consultant
IBM Institute for Business Value China

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