Board, the #1 decision-making platform, has today released ‘The State Of Decision-Making’ report focussing on how UK organisations make their important business decisions.

Based on a survey of 500 senior decision-makers, across industries including, Banking & Financial Services, Consumer Goods, Manufacturing, Pharmaceutical, Professional Services, Retail, and Transport & Logistics, ‘The State Of Decision-Making’ report from Board shows that today’s business decision-making process is increasingly complex, with multiple departments and seniority levels all responsible for some form of decision-making, leading to a lack of cohesion between units and a waste of business resources. 

‘The State Of Decision-Making’ research found that while a clear majority of respondents (63 per cent) say the important decisions they are responsible for get implemented globally, the decision-making process itself is not joined-up across the business, with one third (33 per cent) also saying that crucial business decisions are made in departmental silos.

While most sectors follow a similar pattern, manufacturing organisations, buck the trend with a clear majority (77 per cent) of decisions implemented globally, but only 20 per cent of decisions made in silos, suggesting far higher levels of collaboration in manufacturing, than in other industries. 

The research, conducted on behalf of Board International by independent research organisation 3GEM, also asked respondents the tools they use to make decisions and, while almost every action within an organisation today will lead to the creation of new data, it seems many businesses are not using the crucial insights which data can provide to make important decisions

More than half (57 per cent) of respondents in the manufacturing industry said they make business decisions based on data and insights, but ‘gut feeling’ decisions are still made by over a third (43 per cent) of companies. What’s more, the large majority (77 per cent) of manufacturing organisations are still reliant on spreadsheets to aid their decision making, despite the more modern and reliable tools now available. 

“In today’s fast-paced, data rich and evolving business environment, making quick and effective decisions is critical to both compete and survive,” explains Gavin Fallon, managing director for UK, Nordics & South Africa at Board International. “Important decisions are being made at any one time across multiple business functions, but all too often, important decision-making is disconnected, modular or fragmented.”

The research also revealed the biggest challenges manufacturing decision-makers face at their organisations, with more than a third (36 per cent) citing lack of available data and insights, as their biggest frustration. However, sector decision-makers believe that the process can be improved with the introduction of new technology, with more than half of all of manufacturing respondents (57 per cent) saying this would make their decision-making better, whilst unsurprisingly the majority (66 per cent) felt increased use of data and insights would help. 

“Businesses have to plan every day for a far more uncertain future and set themselves up to prepare for change and keep changing against the backdrop of a more volatile and uncertain marketplace than ever,” continues Fallon. “A bad decision can have wide-ranging impact across the whole organisation and no business can afford to waste time and resources on bets that may or may not come off. As the business environment increases in complexity, the ability to not just react, but predict, in real-time, becomes more important than ever.”