For five years, the AlixPartners Annual Private Equity (PE) Leadership Survey has identified the gaps in communication, expectation, and urgency between investors and the leaders of their portfolio companies (portcos). Not every deal is made or broken on the numbers alone. In today’s business landscape, potent forces, including heightened competition for the best talent, determine how strongly a portco's culture supports—or imperils—the strategic direction spelled out for the business.

AlixPartners' annual survey is administered online with respondents consisting of managing directors, operating partners or founders of PE firms, and senior executives—primarily CEOs and CFOs—from portfolio companies.