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Viewpoint Leadership and the Learning Organisation

When the editor of Prism asked me to contribute to this issue, the first thing that crossed my mind was: "Gosh! The world sure doesn't need another article on leadership." As a student of the subject for the past 20 years and a creator of a renowned seminar on leadership for senior executives, my...

Parenting Advantage: The Key to Corporate-Level Strategy

While business–level strategy has improved dramatically over the past two decades, business–level strategy alone cannot meet the strategic needs of large, multi–business companies. Such companies need strategies for each of their businesses, and they also need something else: a corporate–level...

Viewpoint The CEO Balancing Act: Prospering in the New World of Business

Today, we live and work in a global economy in which companies routinely cross national boundaries to compete for markets and customers; a highly flexible economy in which companies take themselves apart and put themselves back together in new configurations; a virtual economy in which companies...

Learning from the Best of the Best

Last year, the main issue on the minds of our Best–of–the–Best Colloquia participants was organizational change; this year, it was learning. At all eight Arthur D. Little colloquia held in 1995, virtually every participant expressed the desire or the need, on behalf of his or her organization, to...

Viewpoint The Development of the Turbo-Encabulator

For a number of years now, work has been proceeding in order to bring perfection to the crudely conceived idea of a machine that would not only supply inverse reactive current for use in unilateral phase detractors, but would also be capable of automatically synchronizing cardinal grammeters. Such...

Manufacturing Management: The Work Force of the Future

In the year 2005, manufacturing will cease to exist as a world apart from product conception, design, delivery, and disposal. Manufacturing – the people, the systems, and the knowledge base – will be fully integrated into a seamless process of value creation. Accordingly, manufacturing workers will...

Shifting Paradigms, New Challenges: Technology and Innovation Management

In 1995 Arthur D. Little sponsored two Best–of–the–Best colloquia on technology and innovation management, one in North America and one in Europe. The companies nominated and selected by their peers as "Best of the Best" in the field represent a wide range of industries and face very different...

Remediation Management: Improving Performance and Getting Results

Remediation programs have historically given companies little satisfaction while costing them millions. Leading companies today, however, are finding ways to gain increased control over their remediation programs and greater value from their expenditures. These programs go beyond the largely...

Creating Business Results Through Team Learning

As of 1993, Sigma Tech (a fictional name) was one of the most successful small corporations in the United States. The company's business was both humanitarian and highly profitable, and its workforce was committed to the company's vision and values. Many Sigma Tech employees also had a significant...

Technology Foundations of the Learning Organisation

The degree to which modern technology can enable the learning organisation is bounded only by human imagination and creativity. Every day, new and exciting technologies are emerging or are becoming practical and affordable that can have a profound impact on how people capture knowledge, achieve...