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Next-Generation Product Cost Management

A holistic and networked approach to cost-efficient products beyond one-time efforts

Companies in the manufacturing industry today have to face a variety of challenges emerging from volatile market environments and increasing competitive pressure. Product cost management plays an increasing role in sustaining profitability and competitiveness. The Arthur D. Little approach...
Industrial goods & services, Technology & innovation management

Creating the Optimal R&D Organization

Designing R&D organizational structures, processes and governance to enhance business value

However organizational structures for R&D in large international companies are often sub-optimal, and act as a major barrier to performance improvement. From our extensive work with the R&D functions of global companies we have identified 8 imperatives to ensure a successful transformation...
Organization & transformation, Technology & innovation management

How to manage your return on investment in innovation

In any company around the globe investment in innovation and R&D is under critical scrutiny. Is it going to the right places and is the amount spent exactly appropiate? Is the company getting the best return on its innovation spend? These are questions that any CTO today must be able to answer...
Technology & innovation management

Capability Roadmapping – developing the means to an end

Technology roadmaps can be a powerful tool to align research and technology development activities with business aims. However, they are not so helpful when it comes to defining exactly how the company can get there. This article takes the concept of roadmapping one step further, looking at the...
Technology & innovation management

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

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

Innovation Culture

Maintaining a Strong Innovation Culture During a Downturn

With speculation of an economic slowdown enough to bring some organisations' R&D investment to a grinding halt, a new report released by Arthur D. Little today warns businesses that, even when times are tough, innovation capacity cannot be first place to wield the cost-cutting axe.
Technology & innovation management

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

Innovation in regulated industries

Innovation in regulated service industries with a legacy of state ownership, such as public transport, remains a major challenge in many countries. What are the pre-requisites for innovation and what can policymakers and companies do individually to overcome the barriers? This article shows how a...
Technology & innovation management