With speculation of an economic slowdown enough to bring some organisations' R&D investment to a grinding halt, a new report released by Arthur D. Little today warns businesses that, even when times are tough, innovation capacity cannot be first place to wield the cost-cutting axe. [...]
With cut-throat competition characterising stagnant automotive retail markets, high-performing dealer networks are becoming essential to OEMs' market success. Although automotive manufacturers invest heavily in developing and training their retail partners, many programmes do not generate the expected results. [...]
Having established the connection between "integrity + innovation = sustainable performance" CEO's now need to establish how to deliver the concept. In this second paper of the series Arthur D. Little’s demonstrates I + I in the real world going on to show how companies such as GE, Dow and Novo Nordisk are unlocking value through sustainable business. [...]
While innovation has always been judged as the growth engine of society, in the field of logistics its importance is still underestimated. However, a recent study by the European Logistics Association (ELA) and Arthur D. Little shows that innovation excellence in logistics does lead to significant improvement in performance. [...]
Arthur D. Little's interdisciplinary approach to working capital management optimises working capital from both a financial and production/ logistics perspective. It also incorporates a top-down/ bottom-up working mode, which integrates the whole organisation when identifying und implementing potential for improvement. [...]
The credit crunch of the summer is not abating, and recent economic data indicates that the US economy is very likely heading into a recession in 2008. The Middle Market Buyouts Symposium 2008 in New York on 8 January addressed the question “How can middle market private equity funds survive the economic downturn?” [...]
The credit crisis, increasing energy prices and overheated stock markets are all indicators of a possible economic downturn. Like all budgets, IT budgets will be cut. IT "rightsizing" is a balanced approach to cost reduction which generates sustainable savings while maintaining the strategic and operational value of IT.
The CO2 debate is changing the automotive landscape. Changes in buying criteria and their impact on automotive sales could become a real challenge for automotive OEMs in the short term. While discussion tends to focus on national regulatory developments, we believe that the large global cities will be the real pacemakers of regulation in the short term. [...]