KPMG’s Global CEO Outlook 2018 reveals that 60 percent of Indonesian Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) are confident about the global economy and 90 percent about their company prospects over the next 3 years.
The KPMG Global CEO Outlook surveyed 1,300 CEOs this year, collecting their insights into the expectations of corporate leaders on business growth, challenges and strategies for the next three years.
This latest survey reveals that 67 percent of CEOs globally are bullish about the world economy (up 2 percent from 2017), and 90 percent are optimistic about their company’s prospects. Indonesian CEOs included in the survey shared similar views, with 80% very confident and 10% confident about their company’s prospects.
Tempering this optimism is a sense of realism that companies face many global economic uncertainties, and 55 percent of CEOs globally expect under 2 percent top-line growth over the next three years. CEOs in Indonesia are more cautious, with 70 percent anticipating a modest growth level.
In Indonesia, the top risks cited this year stemmed from cyber security and talent risk.
“The discussion about cyber security is very different from a few years ago” said Mr. Irwan Djaja, CEO of KPMG Siddharta Advisory. “The Indonesian CEOs I am talking to recognize that cyber security needs to be part of their agenda, not only an IT matter.”
Thirty percent of Indonesian CEOs believe that becoming a victim of a cyber-attack is not a question of ‘if’ but ‘when’. Seventy percent of Indonesian CEOs stated that they were ‘well’ to ‘very well’ prepared for a future cyber-attack and could contain any cyber-attack on their strategic operations. Eighty percent were confident of identifying a cyber threat. All Indonesian CEOs said that cyber security risk is closely related to their reputation/brand risk
Globally and across ASEAN, strategic alliances were the preferred option for driving growth. In line with their global peers, Indonesian CEOs ranked organic growth and strategic alliances as their most important strategies for growth.
In undertaking a number of actions relating to innovation and collaboration to drive growth, half of Indonesian CEOs intend to join industry groups focused on innovation technologies, and the same proportion intend to engage in corporate venturing.
When looking at the importance of workforce capabilities to support growth, Indonesian CEOs agreed with their ASEAN peers that emerging technology specialists and cyber security specialists are most important.
CEOs are embracing the digital agenda like never before, taking personal ownership for driving digital transformation.
Indonesian CEOs are confident about their personal ability to lead business transformation (80 percent), generally in line with CEOs globally (72 percent). Sixty percent of Indonesian CEOs were also confident that their existing leadership team is adequately equipped. Technology investment has been seen as a strategic, long term investment, rather than a tactical move to solve today’s business challenges.
However, most Indonesian CEOs (80 percent) are struggling to run parallel processes to transform the digital and non-digital aspects of their business.
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