Private Equity Value Creation

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Strategy & Organization July 2008

Private Equity Value Creation

How successful player ensure survival

The private equity industry has survived cyclical downturns, recessions and even double digit interest rates over the last three decades. As we enter a period of market uncertainty, Arthur D. Little's latest thought piece outlines the techniques used by successful private equity firms to ensure they survive a downturn by continuing to create value for investors and their portfolio companies. [...]

2013: Creating a Better Journey

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Travel & Transportation July 2008

2013: Creating a Better Journey

Transport is fundamental to the economy as a means of connecting people and moving goods. Years of economic growth have stretched our transport systems beyond levels where they can operate as reliably and efficiently as we demand. A joint Arthur D. Little report examines these trends and potential solutions. [...]

Opportunity Construction China

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Strategy & Organization July 2008

Opportunity Construction China

Leveraging potential in the Chinese market

The construction market in China, alongside the Middle East and Eastern Europe, represents one of the major growth opportunities for global construction suppliers and service providers. This growth is fuelled by the ever-growing "middle segment" and forces multinationals into developing ever more innovative strategies to succeed in this competitive and aggressive marketplace. [...]

Money's not all banks buy

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Financial Services July 2008

Money's not all banks buy

Strategic Supplier Management for Financial Services Organisations

Purchasing, as a rule, is not part of a bank or insurance company’s core business. As a result, financial services organisations often underestimate both the risks associated with purchasing and the advantages of managing suppliers and product groups in a systematic way. Strategic management of suppliers can deliver considerable benefits. [...]

Pressure on Energy Prices

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Energy & Utilities June 2008

Pressure on Energy Prices

Successful Responses for Utilities

Energy utility companies across Europe are feeling huge customer and political resistance to recent and forthcoming price increases. The increases have highly visible causes. Oil, gas and coal prices have all hit record highs in recent months. Meanwhile, massive investments are needed to meet both customer and regulatory requirements [...]

Green Purchasing Power

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Sustainability & Risk, Sustainability June 2008

Green Purchasing Power

Cost Reduction and Revenue Generation through Sustainable Procurement

As stakeholders become increasingly insistent that "promises made" by the CEO become "promises delivered", business leaders will need to extract and manage increasing innovation from suppliers as well as employees to deliver on commitment to sustainable performance. [...]

Outlook and Opportunities in the Building and Construction Industry

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Private Equity June 2008

Outlook and Opportunities in the Building and Construction Industry

Results from a conference by Arthur D. Little

It has been a challenging year for companies operating in the building and construction industry, but there are plenty of bright spots amid the gloom. That was the message some 250 industry players took away from the half day conference co-hosted by Arthur D. Little and Lincoln International in New York. [...]

Journey 2.0

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Travel & Transportation June 2008

Journey 2.0

New Revenue Opportunities in Transport

Rising costs and a lack of integrated solutions encompassing operations, processes and technology are threatening revenue in the transport sector. Arthur D. Little's latest white paper, Journey 2.0, examines how businesses can enhance revenue streams through collaborative strategies. [...]

The Challenge of Creating Lean Media

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TIME June 2008

The Challenge of Creating Lean Media

The digital revolution has made cost restructuring a strategic necessity for media companies. Many have already taken action to optimise their cost structure, but there is one area that tends to escape such measures: the editorial department. Applying cost optimisation initiatives to this department is often seen as the equivalent of performing surgery on the DNA of the company. [...]

Design to Customer Value

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Manufacturing June 2008

Design to Customer Value

"Design to customer value" is a cross-functional approach that simultaneously optimises the product in terms of customer benefits and product life-cycle costs. Key elements include an analysis of customer requirements and product functions and technical competitor benchmarking. Delivering average product cost reductions of 15-20 per cent, the approach  improves performance, functionality and quality. [...]

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