Creating a Learning Organization

This article sets forth Arthur D. Little’s our current understanding, based on more than a century of work with leading organizations around the world, of the concepts, philosophy, mindset, tools, and methodologies that support effective change and learning in organizations.

Editor’s Note: contains some excellent insights…

Rethinking the Organization: New Structures for Global Competitiveness

In our view, too many companies are still designing organization structures on the basis of principles that are no longer appropriate. Companies today must operate in complex and fast-changing environments – particularly if they want to compete on a global scale. In this article, we outline a new way of organizing people for effective performance in just such environments.

Organizing on the Edge: Meeting the Demand for Innovation and Efficiency (.pdf)

The redesign of organizations to become more capable of change and innovation while improving operating efficiencies has become an urgent priority for leaders of companies all over the world. So, where do we turn for help? As we have searched the business world for examples of a new form of organization suited to the rapidly emerging, new context, we have realized what should have been … [ Read more ]

Toward Sustainable Innovation: A Progress Report

As part of our ongoing research, Arthur D. Little has explored many of the key barriers, enablers, and drivers for innovation management in a wide variety of companies and industries. The firm has also examined many of the key dimensions of the next-generation enterprise, from cross-functional teams and global networks to external sourcing and partnering.

The key findings can be clustered around six critical pathways … [ Read more ]

Connecting Across Boundaries: The Fluid-Network Organization

The principal strategic challenge for global companies is the reconciliation of seemingly conflicting goals: thinking long-term while delivering short-term results, developing global scale while being locally responsive, and investing in innovation while increasing operational efficiency. In each aspect of this challenge there is a tension between two necessary but apparently opposing goals, which needs resolution.

The solution to both kinds of tension is to convert … [ Read more ]