by Guest Poster . June 9th, 2014
By Maria Pinelli
Maria Pinelli is Global Vice Chair of Strategic Growth Markets for Ernst & Young Global. She oversees EY’s business unit that is the world leader in advising, guiding and recognizing entrepreneurs and high-growth companies. She advises clients who are focused on accelerating growth and achieving market leadership.
This creative, hard-working and often unconventional community of high achievers is once again doing its share to help raise the standard of living in the countries where they operate.
For the third straight year, we surveyed these dynamic entrepreneurs and they told us:
This time around, we also asked about the role technology plays in job creation. More than half of all respondents agree or strongly agree that investments made in technology led to a workforce change — and of those respondents, 81% said that it increased their workforce, by an average of 13%. Other positives cited from applications of technology:
As for the impact on entrepreneurs’ existing workforce, we learned technology largely improved our respondents’ overall cost competitiveness and made their employees more mobile.
Our women respondents, in particular, cited the more mobile workforce (64% versus, 41% of their male counterparts) as an asset enabled by technology — perhaps because of their increased awareness of work-life balance and job flexibility issues.
So my final thoughts? Keep going. Keep growing. Keep building that better working world.
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Having more than 25 years of experience providing professional services to both private and public companies, Maria has led more than 20 IPOs in three continents.
Maria is truly passionate about supporting entrepreneurs and is heavily involved in creating a support network for such business enterprises and founded the Strategic Growth Forum which convenes high-growth companies to share insight and expertise of the market.
She also supervises EY’s renowned Entrepreneur Of The Year® program worldwide and founded EY’s Entrepreneurial Winning Women™ program in 2008, designed to accelerate the growth of high-potential female entrepreneurs.
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