Optimizing Involvement in the Development  of Sustainability Related Public Policy

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Sustainability & Risk, Sustainability September 2009

Optimizing Involvement in the Development of Sustainability Related Public Policy

Balancing Integrity and Innovation

Public policy is increasingly influencing the corporate sustainability agenda, as is the need for companies to engage in its development. This is by no means a simple task. In this Viewpoint we identify key steps in the policy development process and highlight how companies can optimise their involvement. [...]

Emerging markets in microinsurance

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Financial Services August 2009

Emerging markets in microinsurance

How to establish a foothold in the new market segment serving low-income customers

Low-income households feel the impact of adversity more heavily than most in society, yet have little access to affordable insurance products that could help to protect them. However, as insurance providers become increasingly aware of this unmet need, a new microinsurance industry is emerging. To gain a foothold in this market, insurers need to confront a number of challenges: what is the most appropriate operating model for this low-margin, high-volume segment? What type of products do low income consumers want? How can insurance products be distributed in a previously unserved market? Insurers that succeed in overcoming these challenges have the opportunity to tap a potentially vast new source of profit. [...]

Do more IT for less

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Information Management August 2009

Do more IT for less

Best-in-class companies act beyond pure cost-cutting in ICT

Economic downturns force a cost-orientation, especially for "commodities" like information & communication technology (ICT). The pressure on ICT organisations to improve efficiency and effectiveness rises - but best-in-class companies act beyond pure cost-cutting: a holistic performance optimisation, maintaining and streamlining the strategic ICT portfolio and addressing all relevant CIO levers for performance results in a higher long-term ICT value and profitability contribution. The Arthur D. Little ICT performance radar contains a well proven set of levers to unveil these improvement potentials. [...]

Shifting Centers of Gravity

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Automotive July 2009

Shifting Centers of Gravity

The End of the Automotive Industry As We Know It?

The global automotive industry is set to become a fascinating battleground over the next ten years as established OEMs from the triad markets wrestle with challenger OEMs from emerging markets for dominance. This report by Arthur D. Little identifies some of the strategies that emerging challenger OEMs will adopt as they seek to realise their significant ambitions in the global marketplace. [...]

Tourism industry in turbulent times

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Travel & Transportation July 2009

Tourism industry in turbulent times

Identifying ways out of the global economic crisis

The economic crisis’ impact on the tourism industry has become apparent with a delay, but is currently putting existing business models under pressure. The set phrase that travel is the last thing consumers compromise on is no longer valid. Generally declining demand for travel in the leisure and business sectors and changing customer preferences challenge the players in the industry. In this Viewpoint, Arthur D. Little analyses the main impacts of the downturn on the core business segments of brokers, tour operators, accommodations and destinations. Based on a survey among industry experts and by analysing the business models of selected successful companies in all segments, ways out of the crisis are revealed. [...]

Pricing in a downturn

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Strategy & Organization, Consumer Goods June 2009

Pricing in a downturn

The value of a structured pricing approach

In today’s economic environment, most companies are focused on projects that provide immediate payback. Proactive executives are currently engaging in typical downturn-management activities such as cost-cutting and working capital management. [...]

Powertrain at the Crossroads

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Automotive June 2009

Powertrain at the Crossroads

Mapping the Future for the Global Bus and Truck Industry

The impact of the global financial crisis on the truck and bus industry has been profound. However, other forces are also driving significant changes in the powertrain industry. These forces will fundamentally change the rules of the game for players in the industry, affecting OEMs, dealers and suppliers alike. [...]

Excellence through the Downturn

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Operations Management, Consumer Goods June 2009

Excellence through the Downturn

Repositioning the Company in the Competitive Landscape

Progressive companies are seeing the current environment as a tremendous opportunity to create value by strengthening their positions and emerging from the downturn in a new and competitively advantaged position. They are applying innovative thinking to reduce extraneous costs and re-investing a portion of the savings in promising initiatives with a high likelihood of future returns. [...]

Capital efficient chemical companies

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Chemicals May 2009

Capital efficient chemical companies

Outperformers in a changing environment

Cash is king in business, and during a downturn it becomes the main concern of every company. With the credit crunch in full force, a superficial analysis would suggest that capital intensive industries would be hardest hit, and that their executives cannot avoid having to prepare for very lean times ahead. [...]

Dealer Risk Assessment and Contingency Plan Development

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Automotive May 2009

Dealer Risk Assessment and Contingency Plan Development

Evaluating dealers' bankruptcy risk

The financial crisis and the credit crunch are taking their toll on automotive retailers all over the world. Dealer insolvencies directly translate into increasing risks in terms of sales volume to car manufacturers. Systematically assessing this risk is key and the first move towards taking appropriate countermeasures. For this purpose Arthur D. Little has developed the dealer risk assessment. [...]

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