Nuclear New Build Unveiled

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Energy & Utilities June 2010

Nuclear New Build Unveiled

Is Nuclear New Build more a Management than a Technology Challenge?

The new build of nuclear power plants is one of the present day’s most complex technical undertakings. Inaccurate understanding of projects risks and inaccurate prioritisation of critical activities often lead to significant delays and budget overruns. The study "Nuclear New Build Unveiled" analyses the current status, trends and challenges within the nuclear industry. [...]

Putting the Focus Back Where it Belongs – on Business

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Strategy & Organization June 2010

Putting the Focus Back Where it Belongs – on Business

Results of Arthur D. Little’s 2010 global survey on the economic crisis

It is close to two years since the financial and economic crisis erupted with the dramatic collapse of Lehman Brothers. As our 2009 global survey revealed, companies have made unavoidable short-term cost reductions and taken measures for the future. It is now time to focus on the effectiveness of these measures. What actions taken during the crisis have resulted in enduring benefits? [...]

Improving Management of Potentially Catastrophic Risks

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Energy & Utilities June 2010

Improving Management of Potentially Catastrophic Risks

In the Oil & Gas Industry

Recent catastrophic events show that, despite carefully planned and implemented risk management, the impact of residual risks can present significant damage to an oil & gas company’s balance sheet. This has turned industry attention to the assessment of exposure to risk (EtR) – the concept of the maximum potential economic loss associated with catastrophic risk. [...]

Smart Grid opportunities for telcos

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TIME June 2010

Smart Grid opportunities for telcos

New business models in the electricity market of the future for telcos

Existing electricity grids are not capable of satisfying the increasing demand for a reliable electricity supply in the long run. The growing proportion of decentralised electricity generation based on renewables is making electricity transport and distribution significantly more complex, yet the existing electricity network is reaching its capacity and capability limits. A “smart grid” will deliver intelligent and highly automated grid maintenance and management. New business models and emerging players will change the rules of the game! [...]

Untying the Gordian Knot

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TIME May 2010

Untying the Gordian Knot

Digital Rights Management

The media debate regarding DRM over the past few years has pitted two groups against each other: end users accused of wanting a free lunch (e.g., through file sharing) and content owners who sometimes have been overambitious in building fences around their rights. [...]

Winning on the E-mobility Playing Field

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Automotive May 2010

Winning on the E-mobility Playing Field

How to avoid a "red" business case for "green" vehicles

In the middle of the current automotive crisis, everyone seems to be electrified. Most OEMs are investing significantly in developing e-technology and governments across the globe are rolling out plans to subsidise e-mobility. At the same time, the development of adequate business models is receiving little attention. As OEMs, utilities, infrastructure, leasing companies and service providers compete for the mobility budgets of the consumers, they all face a key question – which business models are viable on this new e-mobility playing field? [...]

Arthur D. Little Exane report 2010

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TIME April 2010

Arthur D. Little Exane report 2010

Mobile internet: blessing or curse?

This ninth edition of the annual Exane BNP Paribas-Arthur D. Little joint report focuses on European mobile operators: can they return to growth? If so at what cost? In preparing the report, we have conducted 87 meetings with 75 organisations in the telecoms, media and technology arena operating across 12 countries. [...]

TIME March 2010

Space for Creativity

Innovative Solutions in Central and Eastern European Telecommunications

The Central and Eastern European region (CEE) is a mosaic of 21 countries at various stages of development. While looking for solutions that best fit the local conditions, operators have often chosen previously untested, innovative solutions, and deployed new technologies earlier and faster than their Western European counterparts. This white paper provides insights into the primary telecommunications trends in the region. If you are interested in the full report, please contact Dr. Karim Taga. [...]

Pathways to Innovation Excellence

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Technology & Innovation Management March 2010

Pathways to Innovation Excellence

Results of a Global Study by Arthur D. Little

In our 2010 groundbreaking benchmarking study, we found that the majority of global companies generate far less sales and earnings from the introduction of new products and services than the world’s top corporate innovators. Most companies, while considering innovation a top priority, are selling themselves short. [...]

Cost Reduction in the Telecom Industry

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TIME March 2010

Cost Reduction in the Telecom Industry

Why operators need to act now to escape from the low-profit spiral

The telecoms industry in Europe and the US is at risk of becoming a low profit business. If the current trend cannot be reversed, industry margins are at risk of dropping from the current figure of 35 - 40 per cent to 15 per cent within 5 years. Cost management has to become an inherent core competence for wireless and wireline operators. Significant cost reductions are only possible with substantial changes in the business/operating model. New pressures will mean a change in mind-set and the ability to ‘think outside the box’. Arthur D. Little has successfully managed this process with many operators. [...]

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