Twitter‘s business model is still developing. In the near future the tiny messages will contain advertising slogans so that operators can finally make money with the service. But experts are rather skeptical. People do not accept advertising in social networks, says Klaus von den Hoff from Arthur D. Little.
Dean Brabec, Managing Director of Arthur D. Little Czech Republic, explains in his three page article for Euro magazine how the global economic crisis affected the Czech energy market and influenced energy prices. His article gives answers to the following questions: How did the global economic crisis affect the Czech energy sector? Who profited on the crisis and on the contrary, who endured losses? What was the role of the regulator? How will the structure of the Czech energy market look in the future? How to strengthen the security and independence of the Czech energy sector?
Sustainability is increasingly gaining in importance even for management consultancies. In the 1920s Arthur D. Little already recommended to their client Campbell, to use the rubbish, resulting from the production of soups as food for animals. Therefore, the topic is nothing new, says Marc Winterhoff, leader of the central European Automotive Practice at Arthur D. Little. Sustainabilty has played a central role for a long time: in the long run there is no player who can afford to ignore to act in a responsible way concerning environment, people, economy and climate.
Nokia expressed a clear interest towards emerging countries' middle segment in their mid-range products. Their strategy consisted of spreading their distribution channels and launch shopping centres outside international cities in China. They also developed simplified mobile phone models to compete with domestic companies.
For this broadcast interview, David Lyon, alongside PriceWaterhouseCooper’s sustainable development partner Alan McGill, speak with Gavin Hinks about the lack of standardized method for carbon accounting, and their suggestions for the future.
Consultancy today is a buyer’s market and the boom days of more demand than the industry can satisfy seems a long way off; in fact firms are facing a much tougher world. Mark Mulcahey contributes to this by saying; "The genuine expertise, innovation, and creativity that once attracted the best and brightest graduates to careers in consultancy are fading at the hands of procurement-driven purchasing behavior."
While we are not yet through the period of crisis, and the early signs of economic recovery remain pretty feeble, nonetheless something almost like optimism is beginning to emerge in some consulting firms. Dr. Michael Traem is quoted in the article saying; "We have experienced the worst and are already seeing clients migrate back from pure cost-cutting initiatives to strategy projects." He goes on to describe how the economic downturn has brought about a healthy rethink regarding his profession especially in relation to clients.
According to Arthur D. Little, now that M&A activity is starting again, a merger should always be thought through thoroughly. Otherwise, there is a risk of delaying the launch of new products and innovation teams are likely to lose motivation and efficiency. Arthur D. Little points out the common pitfalls and suggests 4 different types of solutions.
Impulses for economic growth in the international aviation industy recently come from the Middle East, especially Emirates Airlines based in Dubai who are planning to expand further. The Middle East-carriers can make more use of the economic upturn in Asia than their competitors from Europe and the US, because the former have a higher sales turnover in Asia than the latter.
Year after year the leasing industry was used to set new records. As a result of 2009’s recession, leasing companies do not only suffer from a lower demand but also from a lack of new leasing contracts. Some players will not have any chance for new business in the future. If those players did not prepare for these hard times, they would vanish into thin air, says Thiemo Rehländer. The overall industry is therefore on the verge of consolidation, adds the finace expert from Arthur D. Little.