Energy & Utilities UK | Platts Nucleonics Week | 19 July 2010

Study: Veteran operators newcomers face some construction challenges

In an article dedicated to nuclear new build and the management issues involved, Platts Nucleonics Week speak with Arthur D. Little’s Matthias von Bechtolsheim and Michael Kruse following the release of the consultancy’s white paper on this issue. Quotes from both Matthias and Michael are included in the article which highlights the issues discussed within the report

Travel & Transportation Germany | Handelsblatt | 05 July 2010

Google works on holidays too

The online market for flight bookings is hard to grasp, most people pay more for their tickets than they should. Google plans to change this with the hope that other industry leaders will follow their lead. Nathan Zielke, aviation expert at Arthur D. Little says “There are not really any companies able to provide a customer-friendly overlook and transparent survey that comprises all major airlines.” Google will offer a search that will match the customer’s needs whilst being easier to handle.”

Germany | Handelsblatt | 30 June 2010

The car‘s transformation to a PC

For customers and manufacturers alike, high-quality IT in their own vehicle becomes more and more important. While the cubic capacity decreases, the arithmetic achievement of the board computers rises. The costs for a top class system combining sound and navigation mount up to 4,000 Euros. However, the automobile industry will not tolerate sub-suppliers taking over this highly profitable business, according to Stefan Lippautz. They can integrate software manufacturing and data supply, but do not leave the playing field open to them, explains the expert of Arthur D. Little.

Germany | Wirtschaftswoche | 28 June 2010

Final destination: the moon

The corporation OHB is the aerospace industry’s success story, says Stefan Lippautz. Within 25 years the company from northern Germany developed from a five-person-establishment to the third largest aerospace trust in Europe with 1,600 employees. Soon OHB will have reached a 500 million Euro turnover. “The reason for OHB’s competitiveness is their lean approach,” explains the expert from Arthur D. Little. While other companies still calculate under the slogan “cost plus extra charge,” OHB works with the principle “which price does it take to beat the others and how can we foresee that our costs are below theirs?”

Germany | Absatzwirtschaft | 25 June 2010

Interfaces propel innovations

Holistic, balanced and fast innovation management does not only generate a higher turnover, but also a better bottom line. This is one of the results of Arthur D. Littles’s new innovation excellence survey. “Meanwhile top innovators face the problem, that they cannot compare themselves to their competitors within the same industry,” explains Markus Achtert, a principal at the Technology and Innovation Management Practice. For those top innovators it is reasonable to compare their innovation approach merely to those top performers of different branches.

UK | The Financial Times | 25 June 2010

Stefan Stern discusses how times are changing within the consultancy industry. Calling consulting a post-war business success, elite management consultancies have created an enduring mystique. Despite their advice not coming cheap, not all assignments ended positively. However, Stefan goes on to mention Arthur D. Little amongst four of their consultancy’s main competitors, referring to them as “high-quality brands” who offer leadership teams a “luxury insurance policy” and wealth of ideas to work with.

Chemicals USA | ICIS Chemical Business | 21 June 2010

The Growth of Bioplastics

BIoplaStICS and – more generally – chemicals derived from biological raw materials such as wood and straw are being touted as the next big thing for the industry and its customers. Many regard the technology that will make this possible – industrial biotechnology (IB) –  as a potential game-changer.

France | La Croix | 10 June 2010

Emirates flies way above current crisis

Dubai-based international UEA airline Emirates, whose objective is to become the world‘s leading airline and have Dubai as the world air hub, is currently doing very well compared to its European competitors.

France | La Croix | 09 June 2010

Online gambling under high surveillance

Authorised since 8th of June, online bets, even though they are under high surveillance, remain a concern. French Government created an online game regulation authority (ARJEL) to deliver licenses to gambling operators but also to fight against fraud and pathological gambling addictions (campaigns, warnings etc).

UK | The Times | 08 June 2010

The Future looks Lean?

Simon Brooke, a UK freelancer, looks into what the future holds for Lean and Six Sigma and how perhaps instead of being seen as individual projects within an organization, they are now being implemented from a strategic point of view. Following an interview with Petter Kilefors and Daniel Winther, Petter is quoted on his views on implementing Lean into the UK healthcare sector following the vast improvements Arthur D. Little’s applied Lean strategy has made in Sweden – where primary care clinics have witnessed a 41% increase in productivity.

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