Research Studies

Our research studies offer unique, in-depth, forward-looking analysis of major issues for global business leaders, helping them make the best decisions in an increasingly global world.

  • Achieving Excellence in Retail Operations (AERO)

    Achieving Excellence in Retail Operations (AERO)

    The Achieving Excellence in Retail Operations (AERO) Study examines what retailers do well, and how they can achieve peak performance and lasting results.


  • Assessment of Excellence in Procurement (AEP) Study

    Assessment of Excellence in Procurement (AEP) Study

    The AEP study provide insights into how procurement and supply chain leaders can produce results.


  • C3X-Chemical Customer Connectivity Index

    C3X-Chemical Customer Connectivity Index

    The C3X Chemicals Study analyzes economic volatility and the growth of the chemical Industry, assessing risk, supply and demand, and the importance of collaboration.


  • Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Confidence Index®

    Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Confidence Index®

    The Foreign Direct Investment Confidence Index, established in 1998, ranks countries based on how changes in their political, economic, and regulatory systems are likely to affect FDI inflows in the coming years.


  • Global Cities Index

    Global Cities Index

    The Global Cities Index provides a comprehensive ranking of the leading global cities from around the world and includes the companion Emerging Cities Outlook (ECO), which measures the potential of cities located in middle- and high-income countries to become even more global.

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    New York and London lead this year’s ranking in the A.T. Kearney Global Cities Index (GCI), followed by Paris, Tokyo, and Hong Kong. Among the top 20 cities, seven are in the Asia Pacific region (Tokyo, Hong Kong, Beijing, Singapore, Seoul, Sydney, and Shanghai), seven are in Europe (London, Paris, Brussels, Madrid, Vienna, Moscow, and Berlin), and six are in the Americas (New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington, Toronto, and Buenos Aires). Cairo is the leading city in Africa, remaining in the top 50 despite Egypt’s political and economic turbulence.

    The companion Emerging Cities Outlook (ECO) builds on the GCI’s insights to measure the potential of cities located in middle- and high-income countries to become even more global. According to the ECO, the 10 cities that are most favorably positioned to advance over the next 10 to 20 years are Jakarta, Manila, Addis Ababa, São Paulo, New Delhi, Rio de Janeiro, Bogotá, Mumbai, Nairobi, and Kuala Lumpur.

  • Global Retail Development Index™

    Global Retail Development Index™

    Published since 2002, the GRDI helps retailers prioritize their global development strategies by ranking the retail expansion attractiveness of emerging countries.


  • Global Retail E-Commerce Index

    Global Retail E-Commerce Index

    A.T. Kearney's Global Retail E-Commerce Index ranks the top 30 countries in both developing and developed markets, balancing current online retail market indicators and those with potential for future growth.


  • Global Services Location Index™ (GSLI)

    Global Services Location Index™ (GSLI)

    The Global Services Location Index (GSLI), established in 2004, ranks the top 50 countries for providing outsourcing activities.


  • IT Innovation Study

    IT Innovation Study

    The IT Innovation Study focuses on corporate IT initiatives and expenditures dedicated to creating game-changing technology products, services, and value-chain solutions.


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