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Commercial Vehicle Trend Study Towards 2015

How Technology Will Change Value Chain Structures

While numerous studies have analysed developments in the passenger car industry, the heavy-duty commercial vehicle industry has largely remained a blind spot. That is why Arthur D. Little decided to conduct a study on the future of trucks. We elaborated hypotheses on several issues which we tested...

Automotive Power Electronics 2015

Automotive innovation relies heavily on electronics.

This Arthur D. Little study deals with the future use of power electronics in automotive technology. Beginning with an overview of the power electronics market and then developing the five mega-trends in automobile electronics that will drastically influence the motor industry, we have detailed the...

A User’s Guide to Successful 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,...

Pressure on Energy Prices

Energy utility companies across Europe are feeling huge customer and political resistance to recent and forthcoming price increases. The increases have highly visible causes. Oil, gas and coal prices have all hit record highs in recent months. Meanwhile, massive investments are needed to meet both...

Sustainable Performance Delivered

Having established the connection between Integrity + Innovation = Sustainable Performance CEO's now need to establish how to deliver the concept. In this second paper of the series Arthur D. Little’s demonstrates I plus I in the real world going on to show how companies such as GE, Dow...

Bridging the Talent Gap

Despite booming oil prices the industry is being constrained by  resource shortages in oil supply, refining capacity and talents across the sector despite a 20% increase in investments by IOC's and NOC's.

Exzellenz in Working Capital Management

Forderungen rasch einzutreiben, Vorräte gering zu halten und diese schnell umzuschlagen sowie Zahlungsziele für Lieferanten möglichst lang zu gestalten - diese Stellhebel des so genannten Working Capital Management sind in der unternehmerischen Praxis grundsätzlich bekannt: Primäres Ziel dabei ist...
Operations management

Value in Focus

This study of 51 major European banks, conducted by Arthur D. Little’s Global Financial Services Practice, aims to identify the most efficient commercial banks in Europe. Cost-efficiency gives a bank freedom to manoeuvre. Strong, free cash flow gives a bank the means to invest in new markets,...

How to manage portfolio companies when the economy is down

Strategies to Turn an Economic Slump to Portfolio Companies’ Advantage

Management summary The current U.S. economic environment has profoundly hurt companies of all sizes and ownership structures. Rising raw material costs, driven by volatile commodity prices and rising supply chain costs, have crippled EBITDA margins. Adding to the pain, companies...
Private equity

The accidental distressed investor

Optimizing investment recovery

Management Summary As the credit and economic crisis deepens, many investors aresuddenly finding themselves in possession of assets or portfolio companies that are closing in on default scenarios.Managerial under-performance and over-leveraged balance sheets coupled with the economic...
Private equity