To be sure, US boardrooms are ever watchful of the competitive pressures that drive deals: for assets, for talent, for innovation. But these demands are now a regular feature of the digital-era business landscape. As ever, deals are done because of strategic logic, not market demand alone.
What inspires me, 10 years into EY’s unique effort to take the temperature of the kinds of businesses we advise, is tracking this evolution in the business community’s mindset. Battle-scarred corporates became more battle-ready — not simply more confident, but smarter about which risks and challenges are most material to their Capital Agenda. We look forward to tracking the next decade of business dynamism and dealmaking success.