Global open innovation survey
Technology & Innovation Management November 2014

Global open innovation survey

In April 2014, MEDEF launched an initiative dedicated to promoting Open Innovation in France in conjunction with Arthur D. Little and Bluenove. One of the first initiatives of the Committee was to develop an analysis of the French enterprise maturity level in the Open Innovation domain.  On November 26, 2014, the results of a global survey were presented during a conference organized by MEDEF on the Open Innovation and Collective Intelligence theme. [...]

Agility for Successful Supply Chains

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Operations Management November 2014

Agility for Successful Supply Chains

Transformation to an Agile Production System to Meet the Challenges of Tomorrow

Most manufacturing companies are facing volatile and unpredictable demand due to trends such as increased global competition, shorter business cycles and broader product ranges. To survive in this competitive and fast-changing environment, it is necessary to improve flexibility and become truly agile. The required flexibility levels have to consider volume fluctuations, product mix fluctuations and customer lead time requirements. Tools and strategies that enable the supply chain to meet these requirements, without compromising on the unit cost, must be implemented. [...]

Big Data in Procurement

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Operations Management November 2014

Big Data in Procurement

Unlocking Big Value in better sourcing, process efficiency, and agility of procurement

The terms "Big Data" and "Advanced Analytics" have become buzzwords in many business fields. For procurement organizations, Big Data can deliver significant business value by uncovering previously unknown interrelations among supplier and economic data. This paper discusses potential benefits from applying Advanced Analytics methods to procurement and offers a practical prototyping and implementation approach. [...]

AIM for Risk Management

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Risk November 2014

AIM for Risk Management

Using Asset Information Data to Dramatically Transform Risk Management

In the future the changing risk profile of a business will be used as a tool in day to day management. The steady increase in data available on companies’ assets (both tangible and intangible) presents an opportunity for delivering this through the integration of big data with risk and opportunity management systems.  This paper discusses the benefits and the need for businesses to change both asset information and risk management systems so as to grasp them. [...]

Creating the Optimal R&D Organization

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Technology & Innovation Management October 2014

Creating the Optimal R&D Organization

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

Driven by the need to respond to global hyper-competition and the increasing clock speed of technological change, companies are relying heavily on their R&D functions to accelerate innovation whilst maintaining tight budgets [...]

TowerCo MNOs: a win-win opportunity?

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TIME October 2014

TowerCo MNOs: a win-win opportunity?

A practical business case framework for tower price negotiation

Media and TLC Operators look at tower deals as a source of cash in response to increasing competition, decreasing prices, high debt positions and increasing Capex requirements. From its experience with TowerCo deals, Arthur D. Little describes four fundamental variables that shape a deal, presents a use case with sensitivity analysis and offers further considerations. [...]

Escaping the Safety Performance Plateau

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Risk September 2014

Escaping the Safety Performance Plateau

Getting safety improvement back on track

A challenge facing many organizations striving for safety improvement is plateauing in safety performance. Executive-led safety development programs can fuel significant initial improvement in performance, with high levels of engagement and demonstrable benefits evident throughout the organization.  [...]

Postal Operators

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Travel & Transportation August 2014

Postal Operators

Reducing Product Portfolio and Rates Complexity

Postal operators are stressing business diversification as the core element of their strategies, in order to increase revenue and the utilization of assets, but at the same time adding complexity to their already complex portfolios and pricing structures. Players addressing portfolio complexity, have the opportunity to dramatically reduce the number of products and rates without impacting their revenue generation. [...]

Risk Intelligence of Leaders

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Risk August 2014

Risk Intelligence of Leaders

Developing ‘Risk Intelligence’ in Leaders to Drive Safety Improvement

Leaders can, and must, influence the safety culture in their organization through their behavior, but measuring the characteristics that they need to perform this role can be a challenge. However, if the leaders ‘mindfulness’ of risk issues is enhanced and focused, the safety within the organization can be improved. The concept of ‘risk intelligence’ has emerged from research on the role of mindfulness and how we can learn from High Reliability Organizations. [...]

Riding the Mobile Ticketing Wave

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TIME, Travel & Transportation August 2014

Riding the Mobile Ticketing Wave

A Challenge for Transport Operators

Transport operators across the globe implement mobile ticketing services to increase customer convenience, handle ever increasing passenger numbers and operational efficiency. Airlines continue to be a front-runner, followed by municipal mass-transit commuter systems and railway operators. While new mobile ticketing applications, including NFC (Near-Field Communication), provide the opportunity for better ease-of-use, implementation is very complex. Numerous partners have to agree on a suitable solution in spite of competing for the “driver seat”. [...]

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