Emerging Technologies: A Novel Approach to Envisioning Their Development
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.
Doing More With Less: Improving Environmental Management Productivity
In recent years many companies have made impressive gains in strengthening their environmental, health, and safety (EHS) management. But they have also seen their EHS costs increase dramatically – to as much as 4 percent of sales and even more.
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.
Measuring the Performance of the Innovation Process
When executives examine how smart their innovation processes are, the soul–searching involves questions of effectiveness, efficiency, and risk. How does the company's record of success in innovation stand up against competitors'?
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.
A Prism Primer Protecting Intellectual Property
Recent news items underscore the effective use of intellectual property to protect and enhance an organisation's competitive position.
The Role of Government in Fostering Innovation
The powerful role traditionally played by governments in fostering private-sector innovation is now expanding, and savvy companies are taking full advantage of a wide range of governmental support, both traditional and new.
Viewpoint Discontinuous Improvement: Five Catapulting Ideas
National and regional economies, like individual enterprises, cannot maintain positions of leadership by conducting business as usual. Nor can they, once they've slipped, regain leadership by imitating the current leader. Imitators seldom if ever catch up to those they imitate.
Lessons From Product Juggernauts
When the shouting is over, one fact is clear: what differentiates perennially great companies from others is the products they sell. Some companies generate a never-ending stream of products that are appealing to customers and profitable to produce.
Realising the Power of Technology
Companies everywhere are concerned that the return on their investment in technology development (which includes R&D) is inadequate. Their strategies go awry in a number of ways. Technology developed by Xerox or AT&T brings profit to Apple or Sony.