By Marcos Colón

December 15, 2016

As the new year approaches, regulatory changes are a top concern for business executives in 2017, according to a recent study.

The report from consulting firm Protiviti and North Carolina State University’s Poole College of Management surveyed 735 board members and executives worldwide on what the top risk issues facing their companies will be next year.

Although a majority of respondents rated “uncertain economic conditions” related to global developments as having the biggest impact on their companies, regulatory change came in second.

Conducted online in the fall of 2016, the survey asked respondents to rate 30 individual risk issues using a 10-point scale, with a score of 10 reflecting “Extensive Impact.”