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High Performance in Product Development: An Agenda for Senior Management

By now it is commonly recognized that creating a High Performance Business requires the commitment and active leadership of senior management. Part of that leadership consists of achieving concerted thrust, balance, and integration of the organisation's resources so that they align with its key...

Creating a High Performance Service Organisation: A Case Study

In recent years, quality management techniques have once again captured the imagination of management in industries around the globe. However, while the techniques have a ready and obvious use in work process redesign, their application to organisational change is less obvious. A recent Arthur D....

High Performance in Truck Manufacturing: The TELCO Story

The story of how an Indian truck manufacturer outperformed four Japanese firms is a good example of the principles of the High Performance Business in action. This school of thought, recently developed at Arthur D. Little, holds that the most successful businesses manage to satisfy customers,...

The Lean Difference: Building a High Performance Enterprise

In 1979 I set out with a number of colleagues at MIT to understand why the best Japanese firms seemed to be so much better at making things. At the time, the favored theories were low factor costs ("they've got an undervalued currency and low wages"), Japan, Inc. ("they cheat"), and culture ("they...

Viewpoint Organisational Learning: The Key to Success in the 1990s

Ray Stata is chairman and CEO of Analog Devices, Inc. This article is based on a presentation Mr. Stata made to Arthur D. Little staff members in June 1992.

The Russian Republic: Issues and Opportunities

Jeffrey Sachs is currently leading a team of economic advisers to Russian President Boris Yeltsin. Frank Yans is a vice president of Arthur D. Little, Inc. This conversation took place on April 30 at Professor Sachs' home in Newton, Massachusetts.

Privatising Privatisation: The Czech Experience

As the dust begins to settle almost three years after the collapse of the Iron Curtain, the Czech and Slovak Federal Republic (often referred to as the C.S.F.R.) has emerged with what is arguably the boldest policy on privatisation among the former Eastern Bloc countries. Unlike Hungary, Poland,...

Communications: What CEOs Need to Know

To do their jobs well, the CEO and management team of any organization must meet the needs of several important constituencies, including their customers, employees, owners, competitors, suppliers, and the community - each of which interacts uniquely with management. The success or failure of those...

How the New Telecommunications Will Change the Way We Live

Since 1984, the fateful year of divestiture, the historic trickle of new telecommunications products and services has swelled to a flood. Today, telephone companies are rapidly upgrading networks and implementing software platforms that will reduce the time required to introduce new services from...

The Role of Telecommunications Technology in the Year 2000

Products such as the facsimile machine, the video recorder, and the personal stereo are the fruit of numerous incremental developments in technology. Our ability to forecast the "what and when" of such incremental technical innovations is satisfactory, although the prediction horizon stretches...