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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

Rethinking the corporate center

How to turn your corporate headquarters from a cost factor into true support for your business

Many financial services companies struggle when it comes to optimising support and back-office functions. Arthur D. Little proposes an approach resulting in corporate headquarters that many companies have never dared to imagine: business-focused, flexible, lean where possible, strong where...
Financial services

Carbon Futures

Ensuring maximised competitiveness post-2012

Carbon trading can have a significant influence on the bottom line and is here to stay. Its future, however, is uncertain and is driven by emerging legislation for the period after 2012. In the face of this uncertainty, what should executives responsible for investment outcomes post-2012 be doing...

Driving Banks' Value Through M&A

Strategic Mergers and Acquisitions are Reshaping European Banking

The crisis in the financial markets is providing additional momentum for already increased M&A activity, with a number of sizeable institutions suddenly up for sale. How can banks manage post-merger integration successfully to realise true growth in value?
Financial services

Six Habits of Highly Efficient Insurers

Key areas of success

Efficiency in Europe's insurance industry has improved significantly in recent years. These improvements might seem to be the result of programmes to reduce costs and increase operating profits, but closer inspection shows that the most efficient companies adopt a far broader range of strategies. A...
Financial services

Expatriate Games

Where is the Long Term Value?

In the 1970’s the Middle East saw the beginning of a dramatic rise in oil and gas exploration and production activity, with an equally dramatic growth in the expatriate community. A number of companies in the region required the skills and know-how of these expatriates to exploit the development...

Survival of the Fittest

The future of the European leasing market

After years of record growth, the European leasing market will see a projected negative growth of about minus 10 per cent in 2009, and the number of leasing providers is set to decrease by up to 30 per cent over the next five years. Which players will survive and what business model do they need to...
Financial services

Flying on tracks

Network airlines moving into high speed rail operations

This Arthur D. Little transportation Viewpoint looks at the key implications of airlines moving into high-speed rail. What is the business logic? What are possible characteristics of the competition between airline rail services and incumbent rail operators? What do airlines need to do in order to...

Reshaping the Corporate Center

How to turn your corporate headquarters from a cost factor into true value generation

Many corporates struggle when it comes to optimising support and back-office functions. Our approach offers a precise assessment of what needs to be kept, what needs to be done differently and what needs to be discontinued. The result? Corporate headquarters that many companies have never dared to...

Setting priorities in the crisis

How focusing on the "basics" makes a difference

Since 1997, Arthur D. Little has been investigating the common factors that underpin the exceptional performance of six global companies. Revisiting these companies during the current crisis, we have established that the findings we made during the recession of the early 2000s still hold true,...