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The High Performance Business: Accelerating Performance...

Wouldn't you like your business to have:95 percent of its customers say they are highly satisfied with the products and services it provides?Its employees say that it's one of the best companies in the world to work for? Its growth rate exceed the average for its industry?Its return on equity in...

Business Strategy: New Thinking for the 1990s

Strategy is what determines the framework of a firm's business activities and provides guidelines for coordinating activities so that a firm can cope with and influence the changing environment. Strategy articulates the firm's preferred relationships with its environment and the type of...

Managing Interfaces: A Key to Rapid Product and Service...

Today, innovation contributes as much to protecting profits as cost containment. Indeed, many companies risk corporate failure unless they produce the right products or services at the right time. To keep up with their innovative competitors, both manufacturing and service industries recognize the...

Product Quality in Transition

In the 1980s, many Western companies discovered Total Quality Management. They implemented quality programs, formed teams, thought about customer-supplier relationships, trained staff in Quality Function Deployment and Ishikawa techniques, and appointed quality vice presidents and quality planning...

Viewpoint Evolving the Strategy at Ford

Of the more than 40 years I have spent with Ford Motor Company all over the world, the last 10 have been the most exciting. The decade of the 1980s brought a massive cultural change at Ford. Our quality strategy steadily evolved from an early emphasis on reducing "things gone wrong" to the...

How Japanese Multinationals Work So Well

The Japanese multinational gains its efficiency and effectiveness through a management system superbly well equipped to handle complex coordination. Where the manufacturing processes are complex, where customers are fickle, and where technical innovations are continuously changing, Japanese...

European Environmental Trends in the 1990s

Companies worldwide would do well to take note of environmental trends now developing in Europe. For a number of reasons, including high population densities, scarce natural resources, and early environmental degradation caused by the industrial revolution, Europeans are highly sensitized to...

Managing Rapid Technological Development

The introduction of new technology into products is accelerating in industry after industry. Today, the pace at which companies introduce new technology has become a principal determinant of competitive success - or failure. Arthur D. Little has had extensive experience assisting organizations...

Beyond the Quality Revolution: Linking Quality to Corporate...

Victor Hugo once wrote that "there is nothing like dream to create the future," and history supports his claim. Hugo's own countryman and contemporary, Jules Verne, imagined a time when rockets might carry passengers bound for the moon. Centuries earlier, Leonardo da Vinci sketched a helicopter...

Measuring the Payoff From Improved Customer Service

In recent years, we have often been approached by senior executives with questions along the following lines: "I hear all this hype about providing better customer service as part of my Total Quality Management program, and it sounds intriguing, but the thing is, how do I justify investing in it? I...