UK | Accountancy Age | 04 November 2009

"Save the World"

In this live webinar broadcast on Accountancy Age, Melissa Barrett contributes to a discussion on integrating carbon emissions into a business’s asset management program. She also comments on the Carbon Recruitment Commitment by saying, "CRC shouldn’t be seen as the driving force. There are wider considerations and the CRC needs to be put into context of a wider strategy."

France | Terraeco | 01 November 2009

How has the chemical industry put Europe to sleep?

As early as 2001, the EEC was already concerned about chemical products and their impact on the environment and human health. In 2006, REACH (Registration Evaluation Authorization         of Chemicals), a European legislation, appeared to give for each substance classification, risk assessment, toxicity level. The findings were that, if we were to reduce chemically induced diseases by 10% health expenses would go down by 50 billion Euros over thirty years. Since REACH was approved by the European Parliament, consumers have been allowed to demand information on substances. This article makes reference to an in-depth Arthur D. Little study from 2002.

France | Actu Labo | 01 November 2009

Large pharmaceutical groups’ expectations in terms of research and taxes

According to Frederic Thomas, Associate Director for Arthur D. Little Paris , French pharmaceutical manufacturers depend too much on mature and generic products. Many French factories are in a very fragile situation. He has recently audited around 50 manufacturing sites and noted that most of them are positioned on mature products.

Spain | Cinco Días - Special Outsourcing | 26 October 2009

Managers afraid of losing control on operations

Jesús Portal, Managing Director of the Arthur D. Little Madrid office, explains three relevant barriers for processes outsourcing. First, Processes' leadership is highlighted as one of the most important issues, especially in those industries (such as financial services) where innovation is considered a competitive advantage. Secondly, changes in labour conditions due to the outsourcing process can become an important obstacle especially when unions have significant negotiation power. Finally, customer relationship quality can be negatively affected when activities are outsourced.

UK | Chemistry and industry | 26 October 2009

Managing capital in a global downturn

Cash and business go hand in hand, and when faced with a recession, companies must make the necessary adjustments in order to survive. Continuous improvement  programmes and a ‘no nonsense’ approach to strategic investment can aid coping in a recession and produce more profitable companies in the long term. This article is a contributed article from Edward Croufer from Arthur D. Little.

UK | Downstream today | 26 October 2009

ADL’s Nieuwenhuizen: New era for Petchem

This is a five-page interview with Peter Nieuwenhuizen focusing on strategies companies can employ to manage in an economic downturn.

Germany | Brand Eins | 23 October 2009

The burro-drivers

The history of the consulting industry - what consultants generally promise their clients: it is a history of impressive economic growth. The first management consultancy was founded in 1886 by the MIT-professor Arthur Dehon Little.

Sweden | | 21 October 2009

Demanded, both in good times and bad times

Despite the economic crisis, the management consulting industry retains a strong position within the business world. A central  explanation appears to be that companies, organizations and authorities have rationalized their business to such an extent that consulting services are necessary in order to make business work. Although Arthur D. Little is the world’s first management consultancy (founded in 1886), McKinsey & Co, which was founded in Chicago 40 years later, is currently ranked number one.

Germany | Tagesspiegel | 20 October 2009

More life for art

The Museum Island, located within the center of Berlin, guarantees high-class art-indulgences, but the adjacent surroundings leave a lot to be desired.  A recent study published by Arthur D. Little states their Germany based CEO, Diethard Bühler, as saying, “the public sphere in between the buildings is particularly problematic“. Unfortunately, it is this sphere which gains importance in regard to contests about tourism flows between the European metropolises. The positive counter example, as the article explains, is Vienna’s Museumsquartier which very successfully managed to position itself as one of the top destinations for European tourists.

Spain | El Economista | 16 October 2009

Special Environment - To a New Sustainable Economic Model

This article explains the greatest challenge Spain is facing: how to transform its economic model into a sustainable one. Javier Serra, an Arthur D. Little consultant, declares that Spain needs to increase its model’s transformation rhythm. This opinion is based on the history of other EU countries’ successful implementation of measures in comparison to that of Spain’s. Additionally, he explains that the current economic situation constraints the action capacity of the different administrations and companies.

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