Germany | Handelsblatt | 09 April 2010

Crisis forces airlines to merge

The coalescence carousel in the aviation industry turns faster and faster: "The adjustment to the business models of “no-frills” airlines and network suppliers also leads to unions between these both camps" says Nathan Zielke. However, a market consolidation can be seen in Europe, especially concerning smaller and nationwide airlines, explains the leader of the Aviation team at Arthur D. Little. “But airplanes are hardly closed down; that leads to the problem of overcapacity and with it to the pressure on sales,” continues Zi

France | Le Figaro Economie | 05 April 2010

Biotech companies are back on the Stock Exchange market

Biotech companies have hardly suffered from the economic crisis. They are again on the stock market. Pharmaceutical laboratories have benefited from multiple partnerships and buyouts: thanks to this strategy, biotech companies successfully obtain finan

UK | Drug Discovery World | 01 April 2010

The healthcare industry’s evolving role in translational research

An opportunity for competitive advantage

As part of a recent work completed by Arthur D Little on the topic of translational research, a number of academics, professionals , institutional administrators, charities and public funding organizations provided insights into the current state of translational research in Europe and the US. They identified a number of recent factors which should improve the chances for successful collaboration. Contributed by Gregory Venters, this was the lead article in the publication and was featured on the front c

UK | BNET | 31 March 2010

Three Approaches to Innovation

With reference to Arthur D. Little’s ‘Pathways to Innovative Excellence’ report, this article identifies the importance of companies to adopt the correct innovative approach for growth.  The article discusses different types of innovators and highlights three approaches to innovation from within the consultancy’s re

UK | Financial Times – Energy Supplement | 29 March 2010

Worries surface on Impact of extraction

This article from Sheila McNulty for the Financial Times’ Energy Supplement discusses the future industry switch from fossil fuels to natural gas. Joseph Coote  is quoted, discussingthe controversial use of ‘Fracking’ and the public uproar it may cr

UK | Financial Times – Energy Supplement | 29 March 2010

Incremental advances are lifeblood of entire sector

This article from Sheila McNulty discusses the financing of renewable energy and the investment in technology.  Ben Thuriaux is quoted, commenting on the large increase in technology investment by national oil companies.

Germany | Tagesspiegel | 24 March 2010

Extended Search

Peking's censorship politics has led to the fact that Google offers its services only from Hong Kong in the future. Besides, the Chinese competitor Baidu gives the Californian company a hard time. "In every market there is basically room for only one dominant search engine", eludes Klaus von den Hoff. According to Arthur D. Little's manager, the world market leader has only two alternatives in the long-term: either Google tries a joint-venture with Baidu or Google stays out. On top of that, the censorship politics of China is not compatible with Google’s company philosophy. Hence, a retreat from the market could affect Google's i

France | Le Monde Informatique | 19 March 2010

Calculated investment for mobile broadband in order to avoid saturation

Recently published annual Exane BNP Paribas - Arthur D. Little report says that mobile operators won't have to invest massively again in networks to keep data traffic growth up.

Germany | Manager Magazin | 19 March 2010

The world is not enough

Microsoft, Google and Apple are not only the top dogs of the international IT industry, they also endanger the established business models of many German enterprises with their aggressive online strategies. About seven percent of Germany's economic performance might become increasingly under pressure by theses three giants. This is the result of a topical analysis by Arthur D. Little. The analysis also says, that in extreme cases, in the telecommunication and music industry as much as 20 percent of the turnover might be lost. Now Google even wants to build a high speed fixed network of its own. "If the Californians should fail with their plan, it is not due to Google's business model, but it is a result of their own hubris", comments Arthur D. Little’s TIME Director Klaus von den Hoff. Google is in fact already perceived as unpleasant and as obsessed with power as Micro

France | Le Nouvel Economiste | 18 March 2010

How to treat subcontractors decently

Raymond Amour, Senior Advisor for Arthur D. Little has been interviewed on subcontractors. He says that companies that use subcontractors have a moral obligation towards them. A French law recently passed (LME - Loi de Modernisation de l'Economie) has even imposed a reduced payment to 60 days after the invoice date (instead of 90 as previously) to their customers in order to improve their cash flow situation. It would have been of great help if the current financial crisis they are going through had not prevented them from investing as they should to remain competitive.

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