In today’s world, it’s not any one, single challenge facing business leaders. A multitude of interconnected and self-reinforcing forces are confronting executives at any one time. This constant bombardment leads to concerns over losing control, and business models and strategies which have proven themselves successful over time are fast becoming obsolete.

In early 2020, we unveiled our first annual report, AlixPartners Disruption Insights, identifying the factors driving disruption in business just as COVID-19 reached crisis levels around the world. The following year, in 2021, we released the AlixPartners Disruption Index, with our ongoing research highlighting how even though CEOs are confronted by disruption today more than they ever have been, the pandemic wasn't one of their top concerns. We saw similarly in 2022 how disruption has exposed the new realities of changing demographics, technological acceleration, deglobalization, and climate change.

Now, in our latest 2023 survey, we hope to provide even more perspective on these challenges and, most importantly, greater insight into what best-in-class leaders are doing to meet them. Amid economic uncertainty – including a potential recession – and the challenges of responding to the fast pace of disruption, business leaders remain confident as they approach increasingly unpredictable times.

Disruption is the new economic driver. Continue reading to learn how to capitalize on its opportunities and mitigate its risks.