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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.

Reengineering Revisited: Achieving Seamlessness

Some people assume that reported failures in business process redesign (BPR), also known as reengineering, sound its death knell. We see such predictions as grossly premature.

The Chief Technology Officer as an Agent of Change

Peter Drucker wrote in one of his many insightful essays: "The source of wealth is knowledge. If we apply knowledge to tasks we already know how to do, we call it productivity.

Managing Transformational Change

The pace of change is faster than ever before – and accelerating. While new technologies transform the ways people work and the ways businesses operate, new markets, with enormous potential, are opening up in Asia, Eastern Europe, and Latin America.

Managing Technology on a Global/Local Basis for Optimal...

Over the last decade, many large organizations have faced the challenge of intensifying international competition – within, their own domestic markets, across continents, and even worldwide.

Leaders' Perspectives on Business Ethics: An Interim...

We are engaged in a series of conversations with chief executives of large international companies about the ways they define, promulgate, and implement standards of ethical behavior in their firms. This progress statement is intended in part to prompt responses from Prism readers.