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Redesigning the Multinational to Compete Across Europe

One of the frustrations for European consumers is that they pay more than their U.S. counterparts across a whole range of goods and services. A computer that sells for $1,000 in New York may cost £1,000 in the United Kingdom.

Supply Chain Management

Chief procurement and logistics executives from 12 influential companies – representing combined revenues of some $360 billion – met at the Arthur D. Little Colloquium on Supply Chain Management.

Viewpoint The Information Superhighway

Prognostications on the information superhighway range from the starry–eyed to the deeply pessimistic.

Product and Technology Management: Learning to Juggle in...

The leading–edge R&D executives who gathered to discuss product and technology management at the Arthur D. Little colloquium represented companies of vastly different sizes, industries, cultures, and histories.

Viewpoint Hitchhiking on the Information Superhighway

There is some uncertainty about who first coined the phrase, "the information superhighway." U.S. Vice President Al Gore takes credit for coming up with this felicitous phrasemaking as early as 1978. In the car–crazy U.S. culture, the metaphor quickly occasioned a deluge of clever wordplay.

Best Practices and Beyond

Last spring Arthur D. Little convened six colloquia – stretching from northern California to southern Florida – to which we invited executives from some of the world's most innovative companies. It was an experiment in collaborative learning.

Failing to Change: The Plight of the Japanese Computer...

Japanese companies are still suffering from low earnings and profits, legacies of the collapsed "bubble economy" of the late 1980s. Among the sufferers are the biggest electronics firms in the country: Fujitsu, Hitachi, Mitsubishi Electric, NEC, and Toshiba.

Emerging Technologies: A Novel Approach to Envisioning...

Just beyond the typical business time horizon are significant new technologies that will change our lives. These emerging technologies, not yet fully realized and still outside the arena of competition, will create enormous opportunities – and huge threats.

Recreating the Argentine National Oil Company: A Paradigm...

As has been widely documented, Argentina is in the process of dramatic change from a centrally controlled economy with protected markets to a competitive economy with open markets.

Integrated Product Definition: Using QFD for the Business...

Quality function deployment (QFD) techniques have long been recognized as a potentially invaluable tool in successful product development.