Energy & Utilities UK | The Energy Industry Times | 01 April 2013

On a slow burnout?

The shale gas boom in the US combined with higher gas prices has led to an increase in coal fired power generation in Europe. This trend is likely to continue for a few years, aided by the growth of shale development in the US. Rodolfo Guzman, Partner at Arthur D. Little’s Global Energy Practice explains, “Firstly it will help provide some support for US domestic natural gas prices, which are likely to recover somewhat from their rock bottom levels. Secondly, the exploitation of arbitrage opportunities will help moderate the large price differentials between European and US natural gas prices. This should eventually help improve the competitiveness of natural gas versus coal in the European markets.” In the long run though, the role of coal in Europe will be fundamentally weakened by Europe’s environmental policies.

Technology & Innovation Management Germany | Wissensmanagement (knowledge management) | 01 April 2013

Using the mass - new possibilities for growth through crowd innovation

In recent years, the term “crowd innovation” has been used many times in the press, articles and companies. It describes the process of sourcing ideas and solutions from a large crowd of people. Arthur D. Little has defined an implementation approach for crowd innovation initiatives.  In this approach, the organization should first decide if crowd innovation is the best option for creating ideas and solutions to a given problem. Once this has been decided, there is a defining phase, preparation phase and execution phase. The ideas are then analyzed. During the implementation phase, the innovation is launched into the market or the new solution is incorporated into the organization. Advantages of this approach are low costs, the multiplier effect and a growing innovative culture in the organization.

TIME UK | Bloomberg BusinessWeek | 28 March 2013

Austrian Operators See Data Hunger as a Chance to End Price Battle

As the consumption of data rises, Austrian mobile operators see an opportunity to end the price battle that has been weighing on their results for years. So far, Austrian operators have mainly offered flat rate tariffs, however Telekom Austria AG has now introduced new tariffs, charging customers based on the transmission speed and volume of data they choose. Karim Taga, Managing Partner at Arthur D. Little was quoted saying that clients have to pay for consumption rises.

Technology & Innovation Management Germany | manager magazine online | 26 March 2013

Germany - country of (unused) ideas

Collecting and developing new ideas is not enough to strengthen know-how and creativity of German medium-sized companies. They have to be put into practice. In the “Global Innovation Excellence Study” Arthur D. Little evaluated more than 650 answers of global board members concerning their innovation management’s best practices. “As a general rule, ideas management and product- and portfolio management are the most important dimensions”, says Markus Achtert, co-author of the study. Companies have to foster an innovation culture. Achtert: “When an employee notices that no attention is paid to his idea the source will dry up.”

Germany | manager magazine online | 21 March 2013

Hightech in China: Attacking the world’s blue chips

They are young, flexible and ambitious – within a few years, Chinese firms Huawei and ZTE have become world class companies as well as a few other Chinese firms that frighten German companies. Markus Achtert, China-Expert at global management consultancy Arthur D. Little, expects quite a range of Chinese World players in the long run. “They will forge strategic alliances and new players with considerable size will no longer be limited to the high-tech sector.”

TIME UK | Mobile Payments World | 15 March 2013

Mobile NFC What’s all the hype about?

An article written by Nicolai Schettgen and Karim Taga from Arthur D. Little about Mobile NFC. The article draws on results of a recent global survey comprising of 70 interviews and sheds light on the highly controversial topic. Nicolai and Karim discuss the potential and risks of NFC, financial benefits and key success factors.

Energy & Utilities UK | Environmental Finance | 01 March 2013

Learning the Lessons of Nuclear Power

An article written by Michael Kruse and Julia Heizinger from Arthur D. Little about how offshore wind developers should look to the experience of the nuclear industry instead of the oil and gas sector to gain extra knowledge. The article states that offshore wind developers have previously looked to the oil and gas industry as both industries share the same harsh offshore environment, high health, safety and environmental standards; however, the authors note there are also substantial differences. The authors suggest that offshore wind should now look to nuclear as both have faced similar challenges and although they are competing technologies, it might be timely to consider what the offshore sector can learn from nuclear.

TIME UK | Channel Info Magazine | 01 March 2013

Become the Amazon of your industry

An article written by Arthur D. Little’s Dr. Michael Opitz’s about how organizations can become real digital companies. The digital revolution has changed the rules of the game; both for customers and for any company and expectations of customers towards the online experience have been raised dramatically. After studying companies like Amazon, Google and eBay to identify certain characteristics, Michael discusses how organizations can transform into an e-company. He discusses the framework for the transformation, the economic impact and prerequisites.

TIME Germany | Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung | 27 February 2013

Mobile World Congress: More communication with NFC

Currently, companies from several industries are searching for a viable integration of more NFC applications into smartphones. According to a recent Arthur D. Little study, there are currently around 200 global NFC-initiatives, but only a dozen of them have a commercial background. In order to discover the true added value, one needs to take a broader perspective on NFC. There are many more application areas like ticketing, transport, healthcare or identity management.

Technology & Innovation Management USA | The Wall Street Journal | 26 February 2013

External Business Intelligence Boosts Innovation and Profits

Arthur D. Little's 8th Global Innovation Excellence Survey showed that companies can become more innovative and profitable by analyzing external sources of information such as social media. Top innovators scored 25% higher in their ability to utilize external business intelligence data, which can include government data and crowd-sourced information.  The study also found that though top innovators profited 13% more from new products and services compared to average performers, the gap had lessened from 2010 when it was 21%.

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