There are three key factors that differentiate Arthur D. Little from its competitors in innovation management:

  1. The deep and broad technological, scientific and industrial expertise of our consultants who are often sought out by name and reputation;
  2. Our ability to leverage this expertise to align a client’s innovation initiatives with its business strategies and corporate goals; and,
  3. Our holistic approach, covering all the critical elements required for success. In addition, helping clients generate and frame big ideas, select the best, and position their business in new ways to exploit them.

Arthur D. Little’s TIM offering contains five main blocks:

Innovate for growth

We help companies innovate for growth by leveraging emerging mega and technology trends, exploiting current capabilities, or by innovating their business model. Benefits include to:

  • Optimally take strategic growth decisions by a combination of process-resources-organization-culture that can help to transform data into intelligence
  • Search and find sustainable growth in adjacent business fields triggered by trends to support “growth story”
  • Generate growth by transforming business models from single product to “3S model” (Service, System, Solution)
  • Generate growth by modifying elements of the established business model including displacement & internal competition
  • Establish platforms that can feed innovation and growth

Our approaches include:

  • Assess current situation, identify dominant pain and opportunity points and define objectives
  • Depending on objectives apply proven TIM approaches:
    • Intelligence Management
    • New growth in adjacent business fields / search fields
    • Business model innovation / transformation
    • Technology / innovation platforms

Innovate for cost and competitiveness

We help companies by bringing a structured approach to increase innovation efficiency and enhance competitiveness. Benefits include to:

  • Structure projects and products regarding their importance, timeline and probability of success, set clear invest / divest criteria and consequently eliminate items not in line
  • Analytically value the functions of the product and their costs in order to refine product design (to-cost / to-customer-value)
  • Strategically build up product portfolio structure modularly in order to reduce the cost of complexity & better utilize assets
  • Optimize and streamline R&D process in order to reach strategic ambitions efficiently, increase speed, share risk/cost of investment and fill gaps in competencies and IT

Our approaches include:

  • Assess current situation, identify dominant pain and define objectives
  • Apply proven TIM approaches:
    • Portfolio Cleanup (R&D, technologies & products)
    • Product Cost Reduction (Design-to-Customer-Value, Modularization, Standardization & Platforms)
    • Lean & fast Innovation Processes, Structures & IT

Be global and agile

We helping companies handle the inherent complexity of becoming successful in global R&D activities. Benefits include to:

  • An aligned R&D organization and governance that leverages R&D in BRIC for local- and global reach, including effective partnerships
  • Efficient and effective R&D processes in a global environment
  • Optimal use of technology to increase the speed and quality at which new products are deployed in a global environment
  • A strategic product family architecture that considers products for local- and global reach
  • An actionable technology roadmap that considers current and future core competencies and sourcing options

Our approaches include:

  • Analyze current situation and define targets
  • Define global product strategy
  • Define technology strategy and roadmap
  • Design an optimal global R&D organization and governance, including partnerships
  • Re-define processes, enabling improved project planning, follow-up, and execution
  • PLM/PDM strategy and implementation

Master emerging technological challenges

We help companies master emerging technological challenges and to identify technological requirements to strengthen future businesses. Benefits include to:

  • Increased global understanding and reduced uncertainty of what’s expected, e.g. regarding strategic material shortage, move to smart energy, LOHAS, technology convergence, etc.
  • Clear direction for how to utilize emerging technologies, such as li-ion battery, advanced material, etc. to build competitive advantage, captured in a balanced technology roadmap (existing technology and emerging technology)
  • Clear direction about new business options to be a market leader for the future

Our approaches include:

  • Develop scenario planning
  • Identify candidates of emerging technology  
  • Analyze business impact of each emerging technology
  • List selected emerging technology
  • Select technology sourcing strategy (M.C.B)
  • Identify candidates of technology partners

Building innovation capabilities

We aim to help companies increase value creation from new ideas by building better innovation capabilities and establishing a more innovation friendly climate. Benefits include to:

  • Prioritize investments in the journey to true Innovation Management Excellence
  • Substantial improvements of the Return on Innovation Investment
  • Managers able to lead the change
  • Strong engagement/motivation of the organization to progress on this journey

Our approaches include:

  • Build shared understanding of what it takes to become good at innovating (“Quality model” of Innovation Management)
  • Diagnose the current Innovation Capability (Health Check, Process review, …)
  • Create a shared vision for Innovation Management
  • Identify priority areas for improvement and a specific action plan
  • Implementation of priority actions

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