A contributed article from Arthur D. Little on the topic of petronationalism, based upon the PRISM piece. The article discusses how the global energy industry has been facing a variety of challenges in recent years including extreme price volatility, decline of ‘easy oil’, commoditisation of technologies, pressure to reduce the carbon footprint and an emergence in petronationalism. It is concluded that petronationalism is evident in the growing power and wealth of NOCs and represents an unparalleled opportunity for all players in the industry.
Arthur D. Little comments that nuclear power is once again being seen as an important part of the future of the energy industry. Dr Matthias von Bechtolsheim and Micheal Kruse discuss the challenges facing new nuclear builds such as local supply chain issues, the lack of skilled labour and the highly technical nature of building a new build. There is a willingness to accept cost overruns as long as safety is not compromised. This article follows a media briefing that was held in London.
The end of supremacy or the chance for a comeback – where will the alliance of Nokia and Microsoft lead? Nokia has a lot of problems to maintain in the booming and profitable Smartphone business. Diethard Buehler, an Arthur D. Little expert, sees the new Microsoft operating system Nokia uses merely as competitive and nothing more.
Dr. Uwe Nickel and Edouard Croufer from Arthur D. Little examine how the health and nutrition sectors have grown in the past, are currently still growing and will continue to grow in the future. They comment on how the market is suffering due to the current focus on cutting manpower whilst searching for higher efficiency. With regards to the future, they highlight the importance of learning from the solidarity of the chemicals industry and focusing on optimization.
Does the mobile phone turn into an electronic purse? According to a topical survey by Arthur D. Little, it is now being estimated that by 2015 about $280bn worldwide will be paid for using the mobile phone.
To reach this goal there are some barriers to overcome. More mobile phones need to have the necessary NFC-technology. Also, more readers are needed to increase the number of payments.
A contributed article from David Lyon and Rick Eagar discusses ideas from the firm’s recent publication, The Board’s Sustainability Handbook. The article discusses how the board is responsible for ‘adding value’ to its company, yet this phrase is now used in a broader sense that goes past financial results. The authors’ view sustainable business to be at the core of initiatives that add value to a company. Integrity, innovation and understanding the broader picture are all key to a business’s sustainability. Contact details for a copy of the book are included at the bottom of the article.
The drug known as Mediator was removed from the market. It was wrongly prescribed as an appetite-suppressant to non-diabetic patients causing the death of patients. According to Francois Deneux, banning Mediator from sales does not have financial consequences on Servier.
This article is on Arthur D. Little’s ‘The Board’s Sustainability Handbook’. The piece outlines the importance of sustainability for business leaders, quoting ideas from within the book. It goes on to list the chapter headings and outlining the full content. The piece also directs the reader to Arthur D. Little’s website for further information.
Servier, which manufactured a drug known as Mediator to help diabetic patients looses weight is going through a very critical time. The Mediator was wrongly prescribed by General Practitioners as an appetite suppressant for non diabetic patients causing numerous patients to die. In 1997, another of Servier’s drugs called Isomeride had to be removed from the market. Even though Francois Deneux, Director in the Healthcare Department at Arthur D Little Paris, says that “a trial would have a low impact in France on Servier” these legal cases have damaged Servier’s corporate image and could have long term consequences for the group.
The article discusses how the automotive aftermarket in Europe has become radically more competitive thanks to the Block Exemption and global sourcing and investigates the approaches carmakers and providers are taking to save costs and increase speed in the supply chain.