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Purchasing Value Excellence:Results from Arthur D. Little...

To reduce costs, many companies are relocating activities or outsourcing pieces of their value chain, making them ever more dependent on the performance of their purchasing organisation. Arthur D. Little's benchmarking study "Purchasing Value Excellence 2006" provides insights about how best-in-...

A User’s Guide toSuccessful M&As

The global number of mergers and acquisitions has rebounded strongly since 2004. Many top executives are wondering whether it’s worth getting back into M&A as a tool for growth - and if so what best-practice maximises the chances of success. As Vantrappen and Kilefors explore in their article,...

Mid-Life Crisis: New Challenges in Pharmaceutical Life-...

The pharmaceutical industry is in crisis. Big, profitable products are losing their patent protection and generic producers are jumping in to take a growing share of the market. We look at how the big pharmas, and the smaller ones, can find a way through these troubled times.

David vs. Goliath – Lessons from Market Liberalisation...

The Nineties saw a whole wave of market liberalisations. Arthur D. Little has helped former monopolies and market entrants alike in designing strategies for liberalised markets. Read about the views and conclusions from a new entrant's perspective.

Half of Your R&D Is Wasted – But Which Half and on What?

When the reengineering wave of the 1990s hit R&D operations, Chief Technology Officers (CTOs) jumped to justify their companies' R&D spending levels, striving for functional efficiency, process effectiveness, and value for money invested. Companies began streamlining processes, sending...

A Conversation Profits with Principles – The Transformation...

With more than 100,000 employees and assets valued at $80 billion, the Royal Dutch/Shell Group is a global giant in the energy industry, involved in the whole production process of fossil fuels – – from initial prospecting and recovery to final sale – as well as other businesses, such as chemicals...

Technology Valuation – A Milestone on the Path from Art to...

If you believe that your chief source of sustainable business success is the company's skill, knowledge, and information, you are likely in the forefront of the new economy – an economy fueled by intellectual assets, rather than hard assets. And if you are an executive of a technology–based...

Environmental Performance and Business Success – The...

"Environmental protection is a question of long–term survival for individuals, companies, and society. Activities must be adapted to nature's own limitations in terms of resource use and pollution. Environmental care must be a cornerstone in our operations and must characterize our daily work."Leif...

Improving R&D Performance through Networking – Lessons...

The cost and complexity of R&D efforts today, coupled with accelerating technological change and shrinking product lives, create an urgent need to improve R&D performance. Canon and Sony do this by focusing their internal R&D efforts on the commercialisation of technology, while going...

From Manufacturing to Design – and Back Again

Until recently, manufacturers generally assumed that design should precede manufacturing in priority and prestige as well as in time. Today, however, there is growing recognition that design and manufacturing really are interdependent activities that work best when they maintain a continuous...