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Thinking Big
May 17, 2006
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Midsize companies are important engines of economic growth in many countries, and they have an enormous appetite for expansion. But according to a new report written by the Economist Intelligence Unit and sponsored by SAP, they face their own, very particular set of challenges as they seek to grow. A majority of survey respondents (62%) profess their firms' intention to grow at an "optimal", or sustainable rate, indicating a recognition that overly rapid growth can strain their financial, human and physical assets.

The report, entitled Thinking big: Midsize companies and the challenges of growth, includes the findings of a wide-ranging global survey of 3,722 senior executives-half of whom were at the level of CEO, CFO, and other C-level positions-conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit from October 2005 to January 2006. This is the flagship white paper in the Midsize companies series, which will also include separate analyses of research findings for Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, each of 18 individual countries and four sectors.

Midsize firms will strive to boost revenue mainly through new customer acquisition in existing and new geographic markets, but this will go hand-in-hand with cost reduction and efforts to enhance operating efficiency-51% of executives in the survey say the latter is one of the key ways that they will achieve growth.

View the full report Thinking big: Midsize companies and the challenges of growth by clicking here.

View the full report Thinking big: Midsize companies in Europe and the challenges of growth by clicking here.

View the full report Thinking big: Midsize discrete manufacturing firms and the challenges of growth by clicking here.

View the full report Thinking big: Midsize retail firms and the challenges of growth by clicking here.

View the full report Thinking big: Midsize services firms and the challenges of growth by clicking here.

View the full report Thinking big: Midsize consumer goods manufacturers and the challenges of growth by clicking here.

 
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