Travel & Transportation UK | Rail Professional | 01 June 2011

Accelerating Innovation

A contributed article from Arthur D. Little on how the franchising system currently in place within the UK rail industry is stifling innovation; the industry is generally viewed to be poor in terms of innovation. It is suggested that a ‘systems approach’ to accelerating innovation may be essential for understanding the ‘bigger picture’. This will require looking at the railways as a single system, in which constituent parts of the industry value chain each have a role to play. The authors suggest ways to overcome potential barriers to innovation and conclude that developing strategic partnerships with parties such as direct competitors or other parts of the supply chain may be an effective way for companies to increase influence.

Travel & Transportation UK | Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung | 27 May 2011

Hard Competition for slots and hubs

The airlines from the near east and no-frills carrier Ryanair expand their attack on established airlines such as Lufthansa, Air France, KLM or British Airways.  Although Emirates, Quatar Airways and Ethiad deny that they receive subsidies, their indirect advantages concerning their cost structure are undisputed.  Not only is the cost of labour about 30% lower than in Europe, charges for airports and air-traffic controls are cheaper as well, says a recent Arthur D. Little study.

Automotive Germany | Automobilwoche | 16 May 2011

Automotive: Reversal in the factory

Less cars, longer usage of each car and several repair markets on the internet put pressure on the service branch within the car industry.  While OEM surge into the aftersales-business, no-name factories in return try to gain more leasing and vehicle fleet management as customers – and their prospects are good: The proportion of business customers amount to about 50%.  Nevertheless, deals with respective aftersales services still lie idle, a recent Arthur D. Little study concludes.

TIME Germany | Handelsblatt | 12 May 2011

Attack on the telcos

Players from other industries are getting into the business of traditional telecommunication companies and thereby causing trouble ; and now, Apple, Google, Facebook and even Microsoft desire a piece of the cake.  With Microsoft’s acquisition of Skype, the giant from Seattle is the largest provider of transnational language-based communication.  "Though, insufficient security standards prevent companies from taking skype as an alternative for video conferences into account“, says an Arthur D. Little expert.

UK | Financial Times | 12 May 2011

Borders as the final frontier

This article discusses the importance of the nationality of a business; ten years ago many large companies strived to be ‘stateless’ however this proved largely a pipe-dream. A closer look reveals many multi-national companies are not as international as they may seem and that many may still, essentially, be tied to a country in terms of their headquarters and senior staff.  Arthur D Little undertook an analysis of the Fortune Global 500 in 2009 and found that only 68 (14 percent) had a non-native CEO. A second analysis of the top 100 non-financial transnational companies in 2005 revealed that only 10 per cent had boards with a majority of directors from outside their home country. These conclusions are reported within this article.

TIME UK | Wall Street Journal | 04 May 2011

Tech impetus swings East

A discussion as to whether the BRICs (Brazil, Russia, India and China) may be standing on the cusp of a technological golden age makes up the majority of this article. Recent achievements and strategies coming from these countries are discussed and it is concluded that Western countries should embrace these opportunities now. The specific case study of Huawei Technologies is provided alongside the article; their successful approach towards business is outlined along with a short historical account of this China-based company. Erik Almqvist from Arthur D Little voices some concerns, however, and is quoted explaining that the central command worked well when the company was mid-sized, however now it has a hidden cost as they are not utilising the creativity of the organization, therefore getting the hours but not the creativity.

TIME UK | Total Telecom Plus | 01 May 2011

Superfast broadband set to grow

This article focuses on Arthur D Little’s new report, undertaken alongside Exane BNP Paribas, which concluded that cable operators are still in the driving seat with telcos needing to catch up. The core findings of the report are discussed and, additionally, a bar chart visually depicts the key findings and is attributed to the report.

TIME Germany | Financial Times Deutschland | 11 April 2011

A question of honour

Formerly, Siemens was one of the leading global companies in telecommunications. Today, the Munich corporation has a less prominent role in the industry. However, Siemens had great expectations for the joint venture Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN). “The industry changed dramatically,” comments Klaus von den Hoff, “The system operators have invested in hardware, fixed line and mobile networks have stagnated, and new competitors like Huawei in China are giving the established player a hard time with their low prices,“ says the Arthur D. Little-director.

Energy & Utilities Germany | Handelsblatt | 16 March 2011

Power plant owners see their dreams bursting

The renaissance of nuclear energy may be over before it has even begun. In light of the catastrophe at Fukushima, many plans for the construction of new nuclear power plants seem to have been put on hold. This is especially true of the industrialized countries of the Western hemisphere, who again seek new advice. “Countries like Russia or China are going to carry out their plans though,” explains Michael Kruse, nuclear power engineering expert of Arthur D. Little. Despite the nuclear catastrophe in Japan, Beijing intends to triple the capacity of its nuclear reactors. Due to new regulations, Michael Kruse predicts full order books for producers of emergency power generators and other protection systems.

Energy & Utilities Germany | Handelsblatt | 11 March 2011

Situation at the nuclear power station in Fukushima worsens

Japan’s recent earthquake and tsunami resulted in massive damage to the nuclear power plant in Fukushima.  “People all over the world now worry about a possible new nuclear catastrophe, but in general, the safety parameters in Japan are very high and reactors are strengthened in order to be prepared for a possible earthquake,” explains nuclear expert Michael Kruse from Arthur D. Little.

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