Operations Management November 2014

Big Data in Procurement

Unlocking Big Value in better sourcing, process efficiency, and agility of procurement

The terms "Big Data" and "Advanced Analytics" have become buzzwords in many business fields. For procurement organizations, Big Data can deliver significant business value by uncovering previously unknown interrelations among supplier and economic data. This paper discusses potential benefits from applying Advanced Analytics methods to procurement and offers a practical prototyping and implementation approach. [...]

AIM for Risk Management

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Risk November 2014

AIM for Risk Management

Using Asset Information Data to Dramatically Transform Risk Management

In the future the changing risk profile of a business will be used as a tool in day to day management. The steady increase in data available on companies’ assets (both tangible and intangible) presents an opportunity for delivering this through the integration of big data with risk and opportunity management systems.  This paper discusses the benefits and the need for businesses to change both asset information and risk management systems so as to grasp them. [...]

Creating the Optimal R&D Organization

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Technology & Innovation Management October 2014

Creating the Optimal R&D Organization

Designing R&D organizational structures, processes and governance to enhance business value

Driven by the need to respond to global hyper-competition and the increasing clock speed of technological change, companies are relying heavily on their R&D functions to accelerate innovation whilst maintaining tight budgets [...]

TowerCo MNOs: a win-win opportunity?

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TIME October 2014

TowerCo MNOs: a win-win opportunity?

A practical business case framework for tower price negotiation

Media and TLC Operators look at tower deals as a source of cash in response to increasing competition, decreasing prices, high debt positions and increasing Capex requirements. From its experience with TowerCo deals, Arthur D. Little describes four fundamental variables that shape a deal, presents a use case with sensitivity analysis and offers further considerations. [...]

Feed the Lion

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Consumer Goods September 2014

Feed the Lion

FMCG Opportunities and Challenges in Africa

The African continent is seeing rapid economic growth, coupled with a substantial increase in middle-class population and disposable income levels. Global companies are eyeing the African market for future growth and investing accordingly, especially in the fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) segment. For companies planning to enter/expand in Africa, the key is to look beyond the obvious and invest in emerging economies in the African continent for sustained growth. [...]

Arthur D. Little’s “Future of the Internet Study” Broadens the Open Internet Debate

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TIME September 2014

Arthur D. Little’s “Future of the Internet Study” Broadens the Open Internet Debate

Driving Investments, Growth and Quality of Experience in the Internet of the Future

The internet has rapidly evolved from a static data platform to become a streaming video platform, and is soon expected to see its next wave of growth in machine-to-machine and any-to-any video communications. By 2030, the ‘Internet of Everything’ potentially adds trillions of euros in value to the public and private sectors. This report investigates the drivers of this growth and the investment incentives in the ‘upstream’ part of internet IP connectivity where all the autonomous networks of the world interconnect. [...]

Escaping the Safety Performance Plateau

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Risk September 2014

Escaping the Safety Performance Plateau

Getting safety improvement back on track

A challenge facing many organizations striving for safety improvement is plateauing in safety performance. Executive-led safety development programs can fuel significant initial improvement in performance, with high levels of engagement and demonstrable benefits evident throughout the organization.  [...]

Winning the Telecom Famine

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TIME September 2014

Winning the Telecom Famine

Applying Analytics to Create Value in Saturated Markets

In today’s challenging market environment, telecom management often implements spend-based segmentation and reactive pricing with a focus on short-term subscriber acquisition goals. This approach, however, has been at the expense of significant market value and a paradigm shift is now needed to escape the downward pricing spiral. [...]

Postal Operators

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Travel & Transportation August 2014

Postal Operators

Reducing Product Portfolio and Rates Complexity

Postal operators are stressing business diversification as the core element of their strategies, in order to increase revenue and the utilization of assets, but at the same time adding complexity to their already complex portfolios and pricing structures. Players addressing portfolio complexity, have the opportunity to dramatically reduce the number of products and rates without impacting their revenue generation. [...]

Risk Intelligence of Leaders

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Risk August 2014

Risk Intelligence of Leaders

Developing ‘Risk Intelligence’ in Leaders to Drive Safety Improvement

Leaders can, and must, influence the safety culture in their organization through their behavior, but measuring the characteristics that they need to perform this role can be a challenge. However, if the leaders ‘mindfulness’ of risk issues is enhanced and focused, the safety within the organization can be improved. The concept of ‘risk intelligence’ has emerged from research on the role of mindfulness and how we can learn from High Reliability Organizations. [...]

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