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Six Imperatives for Excellence in Environmental Management

In managing for the environment, no company, however accomplished, can afford to rest on its laurels. The solid progress achieved over the past decade – in the development of clean technologies, sophisticated resource recovery systems, innovative environmental management systems, risk management...

Lessons From Product Juggernauts

When the shouting is over, one fact is clear: what differentiates perennially great companies from others is the products they sell. Some companies generate a never-ending stream of products that are appealing to customers and profitable to produce. Other companies achieve product innovation in...

Rooting Out the Causes of Inefficient Product Creation

In the decades ahead, successful companies will be those that can develop products with real customer value - and do so fast, consistently, and cost-effectively. Toward this end, most forward-thinking companies have taken initiatives to improve their product creation processes. Among their new...

Getting a Return on Your Information Technology Investment

One of the most vexing challenges senior executives face is getting an attractive return on their information technology investments. They already recognize that information technology can fundamentally change their businesses - redefining their economic structures, product values, and customer/...

Viewpoint Multimedia Technology: Social Issues and...

Within the next decade, many of us will be able to turn on our digital television sets and receive programming that is tailored to our individual interests - as well as interactive access to worldwide databases and communications. Maintenance technicians will be able to rotate a picture of a...

High Performance in Product Development: An Agenda for...

By now it is commonly recognized that creating a High Performance Business requires the commitment and active leadership of senior management. Part of that leadership consists of achieving concerted thrust, balance, and integration of the organisation's resources so that they align with its key...

Creating a High Performance Service Organisation: A Case...

In recent years, quality management techniques have once again captured the imagination of management in industries around the globe. However, while the techniques have a ready and obvious use in work process redesign, their application to organisational change is less obvious. A recent Arthur D....

High Performance in Truck Manufacturing: The TELCO Story

The story of how an Indian truck manufacturer outperformed four Japanese firms is a good example of the principles of the High Performance Business in action. This school of thought, recently developed at Arthur D. Little, holds that the most successful businesses manage to satisfy customers,...

The Lean Difference: Building a High Performance Enterprise

In 1979 I set out with a number of colleagues at MIT to understand why the best Japanese firms seemed to be so much better at making things. At the time, the favored theories were low factor costs ("they've got an undervalued currency and low wages"), Japan, Inc. ("they cheat"), and culture ("they...

Eastern Europe: The New Investment Frontier

Eastern European countries have strong industrial traditions, much like those of the West, but their economies have been severely distorted by the mismanagement of the now-discredited communist system. Therefore, investment opportunities in the region are often clouded by significant issues.