CEOs worldwide focusing on openness, collaboration: Survey

Loosening of control to harness talent, creativity, new ideas
By Amanda Silliker
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 07/17/2012

CEOs worldwide are striving to move away from tight operational control towards increased organizational openness, according to a survey by IBM.

Forty-two per cent of 1,700 CEOs surveyed in 64 countries, including Canada, said their organization is moving toward organizational openness — the opening of organizations and empowerment of individuals to facilitate innovation, collaboration and creativity.

“Obviously, there’s an important place for control — finance, regulatory functions — but, in general, CEOs see the importance of openness as a way to harness the talent in their organizations, the creativity, the new ideas, the way to bring teams together,” said Marc Chapman, Boston-based managing partner at IBM Global Business Services. “At the end of the day, openness is leading to better performance.”