operations management

Operations management

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No Stone Unturned?

Purchasing alliances between portfolio companies in private equity context

Without doubt, reducing purchasing costs would be a more amicable solution, and would also have a positive effect on the short-term cash flow. The following approach demonstrates how Private Equity Associations can support their portfolio companies’ purchasing process through joint purchasing. When...
Operations management

Regaining control

How to break free from the complexity trap

In addition, value chains are far more complex than ever before. In fact, the diversification of products and markets has reached such a level that aligning the overall portfolio with the operations system is now a major concern for operations managers worldwide. To manage this everincreasing...
Operations management

Inbound supply chain development

How to develop lean and agile supply chains

These supply chains, often complex, stretching over several geographical and organizational boundaries, have made it increasingly challenging to respond rapidly to changes in market demand. Arthur D. Little’s experience is that companies which take control and use a systematic approach for inbound...
Operations management

Performance Excellence Networks

Solving the Global and Local Operations Footprint Puzzle

Arthur D. Little’s latest report ‘Performance Excellence Networks’ outlines how by implementing key principles, companies can make a major step forward to tap the full potential of their global network and become significantly more flexible in reacting on changing market situations rapidly. Three...
Operations management

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...
Operations management

Supply Chain Performance Excellence

Realising potential within the supply chain to drive down costs and optimise service

A research study by Arthur D. Little shows that many companies are not currently taking advantage of supply chain excellence practices or are not doing so fully. Excellence practices can help companies to identify the precise service levels below which any further decrease causes changes in the...
Operations management

Green Purchasing Power

Cost Reduction and Revenue Generation through Sustainable Procurement

As stakeholders become increasingly insistent that "promises made" by the CEO become "promises delivered", business leaders will need to extract and manage increasing innovation from suppliers as well as employees to deliver on commitment to sustainable performance.
Operations management, Sustainability

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...
Industrial goods & services, Operations management

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.
Strategy, Operations management

Controlling healthcare costs by improving the productivity

Rising patient expectations, an aging population and often a shortage of medical staff are combining to create a major cost challenge in healthcare. We explain how healthcare service providers can meet this challenge by improving productivity in the crucial area of the medical clinic. We show how...
Healthcare & life sciences, Operations management