An article about how Germany’s deepening reliance on fluctuating renewables raises the urgency of cutting power consumption. Dr. Matthias von Bechtolsheim, Head of Energy Practice Central Europe for Arthur D. Little, is quoted as saying Germany is expected to become dependent on imported power, as German baseload capacity will be short since operators cannot expect full-load hours and prices due to the significant increase of mostly volatile renewables.
A recent report from the European Court of Auditors has revealed that the dismantling of obsolete nuclear power plants with EU-funds has become increasingly expensive..However, a complete industry which benefits the European economy has emerged due to the complexity of the decommissioning. Arthur D. Little consultants calculated that Germany’s exit from nuclear power will cost about 18 Billion Euro – excluding the costs for final disposal which hasn’t been technically solved yet.
Arthur D. Little has been voted the most influential chemical engineer in the 2011 round of TCE’s series: Chemical Engineers who Changed the World, winning 30% of the vote. Best known for the consultancy he founded, Arthur D. Little is also known for popularizing the concept of unit operations; the realization that if you break down industrial operations into their constituent parts, many processes use exactly the same units of operation.
Arthur D. Little successfully completed its Management Buy-Out (MBO) with Altran Technologies on 30th December 2011. In its 125th anniversary year, the world’s first management consulting firm has once again become a Global Private Partnership, with 100% of the ownership of the company now held by its Partners.
Consultants like corporations, but only as customers as they prefer being independent. Arthur D. Little, the world’s first management consultancy, is back in the hands of its partners. The partner team bought all the shares from the French technology consulting giant Altran, which acquired Arthur D. Little in 2002. Fabian Dömer, Managing Partner at Arthur D. Little in Germany said: „All our partners believe in our company. If the business prospects were bad, we would not invest.“
Arthur D. Little presents the results of its assessment of urban mobility in 66 cities around the globe using its proprietary ‘urban mobility index’. Wilhelm Lerner explains the differences in mobility performance and identifies three business models that urban mobility providers can adopt for establishing long-term sustainable solutions for the benefit of all stakeholders.
Almost all of Hong Kong’s nine million inhabitants own an Octopus card. It enables them to pay the bill in restaurants, but also to pay for travel via all forms of public transport. Thereby, the user can easily switch between taxi, subway, bus, ferry or tram. The card is, among others, a reason why passengers in Hong Kong can travel faster from A to B than anywhere else in the world. This is a finding of a recent Arthur D. Little study on the Future of Urban Mobility. In Europe, some cities are now trying to introduce these smart-card solutions including car-sharing-offerings, too. The reason: In Germany, owning a car is dramatically less important to younger people, so shared mobility concepts carry more weight.
Global management consultancy Arthur D. Little has revamped its website to be better display the variety of content and depth of intellectual capacity the firm holds around the future of innovation management. The new-look website acts as a social media platform for Arthur D. Little and is part of a wider communications strategy the company has decided to follow.
Marking its 125th anniversary, Arthur D. Little has released the latest edition of its corporate magazine, Prism. The new edition is available in print, on the iPad and via the website. It contains insights about three domains where systemic innovation could unlock enormous value for citizens, business and governments.
Premium manufacturers such as BMW expect record earnings for the current year and continue to show optimism. Even for a possible downturn BMW seems to be forearmed, says a speaker of the Munich-based company. And this is exactly what looms in China: The findings of a recent Arthur D. Little-study reveal that this lucrative growth market in China will shrink from its current 15 per cent to 7 per cent in 2013. Initial indicators of this coming downturn are the rebates that Audi, Daimler and BMW must grant Chinese customers in order to lure them into the sales rooms.