Design to Customer Value

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Manufacturing June 2008

Design to Customer Value

"Design to customer value" is a cross-functional approach that simultaneously optimises the product in terms of customer benefits and product life-cycle costs. Key elements include an analysis of customer requirements and product functions and technical competitor benchmarking. Delivering average product cost reductions of 15-20 per cent, the approach  improves performance, functionality and quality. [...]

Sustainable Performance

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Sustainability & Risk, Sustainability June 2008

Sustainable Performance

Research on environmental responsibility

Scratch the surface of many companies' claims on sustainable performance and what lies beneath leaves much to be desired. Research by Arthur D. Little, for example, shows that even among Nordic companies, widely regarded as among the most environmentally responsible of corporate citizens, the response to the challenge of sustainability lacks rigour. [...]

Innovation Culture

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Technology & Innovation Management June 2008

Innovation Culture

Maintaining a Strong Innovation Culture During a Downturn

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. [...]

Winning the Retail Game

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Automotive, Consumer Goods May 2008

Winning the Retail Game

Dealer performance as a success factor

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. [...]

Sustainable Performance Delivered

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Sustainability & Risk, Sustainability May 2008

Sustainable Performance Delivered

How to Unlock Value Through Integrity and Innovation

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. [...]

Bridging the Talent Gap

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Energy & Utilities May 2008

Bridging the Talent Gap

Labor Shortages in the Energy Sector

Despite booming oil prices the industry is being constrained by resource shortages in oil supply, refining capacity and talents across the sector, despite a 20 per cent increase in investments by IOCs and NOCs. [...]

A Mobile Playground

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TIME May 2008

A Mobile Playground

Arthur D. Little predicts that in the coming years, mobile advertising is poised to be the next major digital platform for brands to reach customers, and that the key telecom players need to get to this market early. [...]

Value Added Logistics

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Travel & Transportation May 2008

Value Added Logistics

Innovation in logistics reaps clear benefits

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. [...]

Excellence in Working Capital Management

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Manufacturing May 2008

Excellence in Working Capital Management

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. [...]

Middle Market Private Equity Challenge in an Economic Downturn

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Private Equity March 2008

Middle Market Private Equity Challenge in an Economic Downturn

Surviving in the economic downturn

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?” [...]

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