Rethinking the corporate center

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Financial Services October 2008

Rethinking the corporate center

How to turn your corporate headquarters from a cost factor into true support for your business

Many financial services companies struggle when it comes to optimising support and back-office functions. Arthur D. Little proposes an approach resulting in corporate headquarters that many companies have never dared to imagine: business-focused, flexible, lean where possible, strong where necessary - a true support for the business. [...]

Real Options for the Future Energy Mix

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Energy & Utilities September 2008

Real Options for the Future Energy Mix

Coming to the right decisions

In the coming years, both the demand for climate-friendly energy generation and the replacement of aging conventional generation facilities will lead to large capital investments and planning efforts in the utility sector. With these massive investments ahead, the competitiveness of nearly all electricity utilities depends on meaningful ways of valuing these multi-billion euro investments. [...]

Strategies to Turn an Economic Slump to Portfolio Companies' Advantage

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Private Equity September 2008

Strategies to Turn an Economic Slump to Portfolio Companies' Advantage

Helping companies determine opportunities

In difficult economic times, large capital investments or extensive improvement projects may not be the right answer to an immediate need. Arthur D. Little has developed proven methodologies to help companies determine revenue and cost opportunities quickly and focus efforts on immediate value creation. [...]

What Future for Biofuels?

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Energy & Utilities September 2008

What Future for Biofuels?

Has the Tide Turned?

Biofuels have gone from being the great hope for clean transport fuels of the future to being in the dock accused of causing deforestation and increases in food prices for the world’s poorest people. Against this backdrop, the UK Gallagher Review of the indirect effects of biofuels production has delivered a sober and timely assessment of the industry and its future. [...]

Regaining control

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Operations Management September 2008

Regaining control

How to break free from the complexity trap

Complexity poses one of the biggest challenges that operations managers face today. Rapid advances in technology make it possible for businesses to increase product variants and service offerings to meet customer demands. [...]

Lean

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Strategy & Organization September 2008

Lean

Helping companies reduce waste, variability and inflexibility

Players in virtually every industry recognise the lean approach as a powerful way to boost performance by improving cost, quality and customer service simultaneously. Central to the lean approach is its ability to mobilise people to eliminate waste, variability and inflexibility. [...]

Stepping off the roller coaster - Net Emotions Score

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Financial Services September 2008

Stepping off the roller coaster - Net Emotions Score

Pressure to cut costs and to achieve operational excellence often pushes financial services companies to adopt a stop-start approach to actions on client satisfaction. The Arthur D. Little "net emotions score" helps companies measure and increase the strength of their relationship with clients by aligning internal and external perceptions and comparing delivered quality with perceived quality. [...]

Hybrid TV

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TIME August 2008

Hybrid TV

Until recently, telecom operators have put their faith in IPTV to protect margins and to allow them to occupy all channels to the customer’s home. As a result, DSL operators across Europe have been rolling out CAPEX-intensive networks to provide customers with IPTV and to strengthen their position in the face of growing competition from cable companies. But new approaches are now emerging... [...]

Mergers & Acquisitions: Bust or Boom in CEE Telecoms?

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TIME August 2008

Mergers & Acquisitions: Bust or Boom in CEE Telecoms?

Telecommunications transactions in CEE reached a volume of EUR 3.9 billion Euros in 2007. But will CEE M&A activity remain at high levels in spite of the credit-crunch situation? This insight assesses three drivers for continued high transaction activity: privatisation, license tenders and a consolidation wave. [...]

Value in Focus

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Financial Services August 2008

Value in Focus

The most efficient European banks

This study of 51 major European banks, conducted by Arthur D. Little’s global Financial Services practice, aims to identify the most efficient commercial banks in Europe. [...]

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