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%.

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

Survey: External business intelligence boots innovation and profits

Arthur D. Little’s latest survey of 275 C-level executives has revealed that companies can become more innovative and profitable by analysing external sources of information such as social media. Rick Eager, Partner at Arthur D. Little says that Businesses get used to operating and thinking in a certain way and data gets filtered through the patterns of how we always do things. He says that when you always use the same channels for business intelligence, you are limited to what you can come up with. Anders Johansson, Partner at Arthur D. Little says that the economic slowdown is forcing companies to think more of the short term, rather than the long term benefits of innovation.

Germany | Handelsblatt | 25 February 2013

Desire for prefabricated houses

Similarly to the economic crisis in 2008, many people in Germany would rather invest in real estate than save money in their bank accounts. Producers of prefabricated houses often capitalize from these economic dips. According to Wilhelm Lerner from Arthur D. Little and his recent analysis of the market, the industry in Germany will thrive in the coming years. He expects the share of prefabricated houses to grow from 15 per cent to 22 per cent by 2025. One of the major drivers for this growth is the trend of energy efficiency.

Automotive, TIME UK | Auto News Europe | 14 February 2013

Click a mouse, buy a car

An article about the fast-growing market of online car sales. Andreas Gissler of Arthur D. Little is quoted as saying he doesn’t expect automakers to adopt a complete online model for car distribution in Europe or anywhere else around the world in the near future. He says that customers may want to purchase cars online and completely bypass the dealerships, but that automakers will not want to offer this.

TIME | Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung | 14 February 2013

Cloud on the rise

Last year the global turnover with cloud services exceeded 75 billion US-Dollars for the first time in history. This is one of the findings of the new “Cloud from Telco” study from consulting firm Arthur D. Little. Following the results of the study, consultants are expecting a rise in turnover of about 30% this year. Companies like IBM, SAP or Oracle have invested billions of dollars in new business models with cloud computing services.

TIME UK | The Times | 09 February 2013

G-Force to boost business

An article about the implications that 4G will have on the business market. Arthur D. Little’s report on the Business Benefits of 4G is mentioned as saying  that organizations that adopt 4G will increase productivity and strengthen the concept of a “mobile” workforce. The article goes on to say that 4G will have a significant effect on the workplace atmosphere. Joseph Place, a manager at Arthur D. Little was quoted saying, “Broadly, 4G allows for a more mobile enterprise as salespeople never have to go back to the office.”

Energy & Utilities UK | Utility Week | 01 February 2013

Enemies closer

An article written by Arthur D. Little’s Michael Kruse and Julia Heizinger. The article explains how wind owners have not been able to meet expected performance targets due to a lack of standardization, rapid advancements of immature offshore wind technologies and inadequate planning. Although nuclear power has traditionally been a low-carbon rival to offshore wind, the authors argue that nuclear experience could teach wind a thing or two as both industries have faced similar challenges.

Travel & Transportation UK | Rail Technology Magazine | 01 February 2013

EIT Awards first contract to ADL/Atkins

Arthur D. Little and Atkins have been awarded an Enabling Innovation Team (EIT) contract to map capabilities and markets for the rail sector. ADL/Atkins will work with stakeholders across the rail, metro and light rail sectors to highlight where the UK has potential to sell into international and domestic capabilities. EIT will use these areas to create proposals for the technical operations for rail. The work is being funded from the Pilot Rail Innovation Fund, the Technology Strategy Board and RIA’s Unlocking Innovation Scheme. Rick Eager, ADL project director said: “We are immensely proud and honoured to be given the opportunity to undertake this project.”

Technology & Innovation Management Japan | Wired | 31 January 2013

Interview: “Japan’s herbivore heroes and future business”

Sustainability is one of the key issues of the 21st century. Although it is often considered an ecology issue, at the heart of it lies a mentality change. According to Morinosuke Kawaguchi, Associate Director at Arthur D. Little, Japan, sustainability is ultimately all about the ‘hero’s’ character, people’s behavior and their guiding principles which are crystallized and most clearly reflected in their ‘hero’s’ personality.

Today’s Japanese heroes are filled with a desire for harmony and collaboration. They are no longer interested in the old models of testosterone-filled heroes winning against the rest of the pack. Today’s heroes are kinder, more considerate and ‘herbivorous.’

The exponential rate by which Japanese animation - anime - attracts young people around the world, is proof that the younger generation are more attracted to this gentler, more sustainable model of united heroes, opposed to the previous winner-takes-it-all model.

Herbivorous behavior is non-aggressive, gentle and considerate. It is a personality characterized by what might traditionally be regarded as female qualities and is a social phenomenon that is especially prominent in Japan. The term “herbivore man” or Soshoku-kei danshi, has caused much controversy and in a modernized world, carnivorous traits are disappearing – and may not even be wanted!

If a society aims for prosperity; herbivorization is a natural consequence. As prosperity is reached, the tough, carnivorous spirit that was needed to attain it, dissolves in the next generation.

Although Japan is the frontrunner in the herbivore mentality, the whole world is becoming gentler.

For example, in Japan, the outer unit of the air conditioner has a switch so the machine can work on silent mode. This is because Japanese people worry about the noise bothering their neighbors or people passing by on the street. This kind and considerate mentality is typical of the herbivore hero.

The future belongs to the younger generation. In every country, young people's subculture is full of hints for their mentality, but most “serious” business people do not take subculture seriously and miss out on huge business opportunities.

Translating young people’s subculture and their sense of value into products and services is the future.

Source: http://www.wired.jp/2013/01/24/interview-mkawaguchi/ 

UK | Civil Society | 30 January 2013

Innovation Quick Wins

An article by Rick Eagar, Partner at Arthur D. Little, about the tools organizations can use to inspire innovation among their teams. The article provides a brief round-up of some widely-used tools both old and new, including their strengths and limitations, key success factors and when and where to use them.

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