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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

Two Realities for Renewables

The Search for Profit in a Booming Industry

Yet a second reality is that many companies are struggling to succeed in the industry. Waves of bankruptcies and falling profitability in many segments, rapidly changing legislation and incentive regimes, and significant reductions in investment pose a considerable challenge. In this article we...
Utilities & alternative energy

Third Party Access in Gas Transportation

Are Players in Emerging Markets Ready for New Rules?

Insights into the potential consequences of variations in TPA will help players avoid the potentially detrimental impacts on their businesses and enable the shaping of their strategy to reflect the new rules of the game.
Utilities & alternative energy

Managing Well Integrity

Well Integrity Needs the Same Level of Care and Attention as Asset Integrity

Technical insight clearly lies at the heart of well integrity assurance systems but in this paper we highlight another important and often overlooked aspect of well integrity assurance, namely the organization and application of these skills. Ensuring that all relevant skills are effectively...
Utilities & alternative energy

National energy security - coal and beyond – An India case

India's struggle for Energy Security

The reasons for this situation range from inconsistent access to a resource pool to outdated technology to inefficient operations. Over and above dependence on coal, increasing demand for energy and irresponsible consumption have added to the woes.  Through this report in collaboration with...
Utilities & alternative energy

Project Risk Management – An Executive Concern

Actively Manage Risk to Deliver Capital Projects on Time and to Budget!

Risk management is one of those areas which is assumed to be well established in most companies, yet many projects suffer significant cost overruns and delays, so it is worth asking the question why is the risk management process failing? We have also highlighted in this paper how some of the...
Utilities & alternative energy

UK Energy Policy

A Little Less Intervention, A Little More Action

We have cast a critical eye over the policy measures, which have been under development for several years and are currently making their way through parliament. We suggest that rather than complex interventionist policy, the market needs a clear long-term framework within which it can work to solve...
Utilities & alternative energy

Utilities Online - a Case Study of Italy

How Utilities Compete on the Web to Capture and Retain Customers

The growing willingness of consumers to change supplier has significantly increased switching rates in major European countries and is leading operators to review their approach to communicating with customers. Arthur D. Little analyzed more than 100 web offers, related to domestic and small...
Utilities & alternative energy

Managing Capital Investment Programs

How to get investment programs "right"

Effective project selection and management is not a new message. However, even the most sophisticated upstream oil and gas companies do not “get it right” every time. Arthur D. Little believes that our lifecycle approach to capital investment helps to identify the causes for failure of projects and...
Utilities & alternative energy