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Assessing innovation and R&D capabilities across multi-...

Over the last decades most global companies have evolved to organize their innovation efforts through an “open innovation” model with individual research centers. Globalization and mergers & acquisitions have changed these networks, making them more complex to manage successfully. A robust...
Oil & gas, Utilities & alternative energy, Technology & innovation management

The Creativity Era – a new paradigm for business

The new economic environment combines hypercompetition, faster product lifecycles and more empowered consumers to change the rules of the game for companies wanting to succeed. To meet these challenges a new paradigm for business is emerging – the age where creativity wins. In this article the...
Technology & innovation management

"The risk of doing nothing is bigger than the risk of...

Mobily is experiencing tremendous growth in revenues and net profit year over year. Nevertheless the company heads for new strategic goals and new business areas. We spoke to the CEO about his plan.

Agile safety – how to transform safety assurance

Many companies are moving towards agile concepts as a way to improve efficiency, effectiveness and responsiveness to change. However, this can present difficulties in safety and risk-related areas. In this article the authors discuss developments in the way agile concepts are being used in...
Risk

U-channel retail – Transformation of the retail function...

The retail landscape has changed tremendously in recent years, but new business models are still emerging as new customer needs and technological solutions arise, transforming the landscape even further. Tomorrow’s retail function will evolve towards a U-channel model, one that is ubiquitous,...
Consumer goods & retail

Getting a better return on your innovation investment

Most executives need no convincing that investing in innovation is a good thing, but there is little empirical evidence about what really works in terms of managing the process. Arthur D. Little’s 8th Global Innovation Survey provides some answers, with a thorough analysis of more than 70 different...
Technology & innovation management

Why product lifecycle management should be on every...

Product lifecycle management (PLM) initiatives often miss their true potential and make projects unnecessarily costly. Not understanding how to optimize these investments can have long-term effects on both the top and bottom line, while companies that realize how to use PLM as a competitive weapon...

Quality Management reloaded

Consumers around the globe today demand the highest quality in all aspects of a product. It is no longer enough to focus on assuring that products and services meet their specified requirements. Quality Management must provide more value to the customer, and that means it needs to become an...
Consumer goods & retail

Mastering the complexity of a growing global footprint

The real globalization of our footprint started in 1995, when the company was privatized and acquired by the Benetton family. This brought a new wave of enthusiasm and ambition.
Sustainability

Putting water in the mainstream of your business strategy

In the past, water as a resource worried only a few industries. This has rapidly changed due to the scarcity of water around the world, especially in the emerging markets. Companies now need a clear view on the role water plays in their value creation and what they can do about it. In this article...
Strategy, Technology & innovation management