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Managing Capital Projects Successfully

An Executive Concern

Recent instances of substantially over-budget and behind-schedule energy projects have demonstrated that even the most sophisticated energy companies are not able to “get it right” every time. In this report we explain the best practice approach that we take to help our clients to identify and...
Oil & gas, Utilities & alternative energy, Operations management

Networked Procurement

Networking as future strategy delivers measurable higher and sustainable value for your company

The underlying reason being the low degree of networking of procurement with other functions, which often can be explained through the amendable qualification of procurement employees and the resulting lack of acceptance for procurement.
Operations management

No Stone Unturned?

Purchasing alliances between portfolio companies in private equity context

Without doubt, reducing purchasing costs would be a more amicable solution, and would also have a positive effect on the short-term cash flow. The following approach demonstrates how Private Equity Associations can support their portfolio companies’ purchasing process through joint purchasing. When...
Operations management

Regaining control

How to break free from the complexity trap

In addition, value chains are far more complex than ever before. In fact, the diversification of products and markets has reached such a level that aligning the overall portfolio with the operations system is now a major concern for operations managers worldwide. To manage this everincreasing...
Operations management

Inbound supply chain development

How to develop lean and agile supply chains

These supply chains, often complex, stretching over several geographical and organizational boundaries, have made it increasingly challenging to respond rapidly to changes in market demand. Arthur D. Little’s experience is that companies which take control and use a systematic approach for inbound...
Operations management

Performance Excellence Networks

Solving the Global and Local Operations Footprint Puzzle

Arthur D. Little’s latest report ‘Performance Excellence Networks’ outlines how by implementing key principles, companies can make a major step forward to tap the full potential of their global network and become significantly more flexible in reacting on changing market situations rapidly. Three...
Operations management

Excellence through the Downturn

Repositioning the Company in the Competitive Landscape

Progressive companies are seeing the current environment as a tremendous opportunity to create value by strengthening their positions and emerging from the downturn in a new and competitively advantaged position. They are applying innovative thinking to reduce extraneous costs and re-investing a...
Operations management

Supply Chain Performance Excellence

Realising potential within the supply chain to drive down costs and optimise service

A research study by Arthur D. Little shows that many companies are not currently taking advantage of supply chain excellence practices or are not doing so fully. Excellence practices can help companies to identify the precise service levels below which any further decrease causes changes in the...
Operations management

Green Purchasing Power

Cost Reduction and Revenue Generation through Sustainable Procurement

As stakeholders become increasingly insistent that "promises made" by the CEO become "promises delivered", business leaders will need to extract and manage increasing innovation from suppliers as well as employees to deliver on commitment to sustainable performance.
Operations management, Sustainability

Design to Customer Value

"Design to customer value" is a cross-functional approach that simultaneously optimises the product in terms of customer benefits and product life-cycle costs. Key elements include an analysis of customer requirements and product functions and technical competitor benchmarking. Delivering average...
Industrial goods & services, Operations management