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A Conversation Breakthrough Technologies: Finding Them and Making Them Happen

John Magee, Arthur D. Little's Chairman of the Board, recently had a discussion with Bernard Lacomis, President of Arthur D. Little Enterprises (ADLE), about the process of developing and licensing new technology. ADLE is a subsidiary of Arthur D. Little that turns ideas – –from many sources – into...

A Conversation Leveraging Best Practices In Petro-Canada

In 1976, the Canadian government sponsored the creation of Petro–Canada as a vehicle for Canadian oil and gas policy and, as it put it at the time, "a window on the oil and gas industry in Canada." Since then Petro–Canada has grown into the second–largest oil company in Canada, with assets worth C$...

Leadership Within Middle Management: A United Nations Example

Until recently, finding a leader was a question of luck, like discovering a rare diamond in a basket of gravel. Today, identifying and developing leaders has become a hard job that requires vision, dedication, and generosity. It is a behavioral process that starts at the top, the moment we accept...

A Conversation Becoming a Global Company: From Kabi to Pharmacia & Upjohn

In 1985, Jan Ekberg became CEO of Kabi, a Nordic pharmaceuticals company that had sales of $250 million and was part of the Procordia group in Sweden. Over ten years he guided the company through a dazzling evolution, as Kabi acquired company after company around the world, culminating in the 1995...

Practicing Leadership: Mastering the Basic Moves

Imagine the following position advertisement in the Wall Street Journal:Wanted: Individual with the skills to be a coach, teacher, cheerleader, hero, visionary, steward, designer, artist, conductor, figurehead, and/or sensitive, caring human being, as circumstances (financial and interpersonal)...

Managing Technology Discontinuities for Competitive Advantage

In this high–tech era, technology discontinuities occur in every industry sector. Digital mobile telephony, computer optical storage systems, high performance polymers, biotechnology, and genetic engineering are all examples of the technologies that are changing the world we live in, creating...

Working Against the Clock: Timescale-Driven Development

Traditional product development methods take more time than is generally acceptable today. They also treat time as an important but secondary consideration, beginning the planning process with a set of assumptions about the steps involved and only then asking, "How long will it take?" We have...

Viewpoint Go for Growth: Five Paths to Profit and Success

Grow or die – it's a call to arms spreading throughout America's corporations. Growth is appearing at the top of many management meeting agendas. It's prominently featured in glossy annual reports and confidential strategic plans. It's optimistically discussed with investment analysts. Its pros and...

Balanced Performance Measures: Tracking the Pathway to High Performance

Traditional business performance measures, such as return on assets or earnings per share, reflect a company's overall financial results in a given period. While useful, they offer little insight into why or how the organisation achieved any particular result, and they provide little guidance as to...

Minimalist Manufacturing: Leveraging Process Knowledge for Strategic Benefit

"We are overwhelmed and swimming in reports on every SKU, machine, shift."... "We need to increase capacity this year."... "I need to prepare for new product introduction next year. And the CEO says that we must change with the times and become a more responsive learning organisation – able to...