Millennials in Corporate Finance: Information Usage and Adoption Trends

Author: William Jan

Date: December 6, 2016


 Millennials have displaced baby boomers as the largest generation in the workforce, bringing workplace demographics to a tipping point. As the global information market approaches two trillion dollars, millennials’ control over this vast market becomes an important focus.

Millennials in Corporate Finance highlights several trends that are creating challenges, yet driving opportunities for vendors and employers in this space. Key providers in this market include Oracle (ORCL), Thomson Reuters (TRI), SAP (ADR), Google (GOOGL), LinkedIn (LNKD), and Microsoft (MSFT).

While millennials serve many professional roles, this report looks specifically at the needs and information consumption habits of those working in corporate finance — a function that spans all industries. It is vital for the companies and solutions providers who employ and support these young professionals to understand this market’s changing demands. Look ahead at what will inspire the newest generation of corporate finance professionals.


Outsell collected survey responses from 363 millennial workers spanning multiple industries. The overall margin of error for the result is a maximum of +/-2.2% at a 95% confidence interval. If extrapolated to the US population, the results will fall within the margin of error at least 19 times out 20. Outsell’s sampling plan was designed around job role and industry with the following characteristics: 363 respondents were full-time, millennial employees working in specific functions across various industries. Out of this sample, 30 respondents worked in the corporate finance department.

This report highlights major areas of interest by the corporate finance millennials. In other words, where certain preferences stand out much more than others within the same category, the deviation is explained. Overall, the statistical analyses are intended to be directional.

Outsell Inc. Millennials in Corporate Finance: Information Usage and Adoption Trends


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