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.

UK | The Times | 08 June 2010

Catching the Lean bug

This article discusses Lean in the NHS. Given rising patient expectations, an aging population and shortages of medical staff, major challenges face the healthcare sector today. Petter Kilefors is quoted at the top of this article pointing towards increasing productivity as the only solution to these problems. The article includes two graphs taken from Arthur D. Little’s PRISM “Controlling healthcare costs by improving the productivity of medical service providers.”

Germany | Internet World Business | 07 June 2010

Web-Content on all screens

Google is about to conquer yet another screen: TV. The planned service “Google TV” will be based on Android, an operating system that is already often used with smartphones. “The integration into terminals and the possibility to use TV-content with Android on the PC, mobile phone and TV will change media consumption dramatically,” says Juergen Morath from Arthur D. Little. “Moreover, Google motivates developers to design new Apps for their TV,” continues the consultant.

France | L'Expansion | 01 June 2010

The car industry is going nuts

According to Arthur D. Little, the US automotive industry financial figures will drop by 28% by 2012. There are various causes: current financial crisis, oil prices and environmental legislation.

UK | | 27 May 2010

DRM must evolve to satisfy needs of both content owners and end users or face abandonment, says Arthur D Little

Arthur D. Little’s new report, ‘Untying the Gordian Knot’, examines the current state of play in Digital Rights Management and concludes that systems must evolve to deliver both acceptable content protection for owners and maximum interoperability for others.

Germany | Euro am Sonntag | 22 May 2010

The rules of the rings

When it comes to real estate, the economic-geographical position of an object is vital, says Martin Wentz, Professor for urban development at the International Real Estate School of the University of Regensburg. He thereby rests upon a recent Arthur D. Little study that deals with the impact of the economic crisis on airports. In this paper the consultants recommend to invest in the inner rings of the economy adjacent to the airport cities as an effective strategy to unlock new business models and refer to the example Frankfurt. There are capital expenditures of 3.4 Billion Euros planned until 2030: hotels, medical centers and an extension of the logistic infrastructure will be ere

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