The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) conducted a survey of 249 business leaders to determine how and why companies collaborate internally, the barriers they face to doing so and how internal collaboration influences business results. For the purpose of this study, we define collaboration as the practice of working together across different functions and across different locations or business units.
The survey, sponsored by BTS, was conducted in March 2016. About half the respondents are C-suite executives, with the balance holding a variety of high-level management positions. North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific are all represented—nearly six in ten respondent organisations have annual revenues exceeding $500m.