2021 Vault Rankings
At a Glance
“Flexibility, innovation, technical knowledge.”
“Ability to direct my own work.”
“Strategy, top client exposure, location.”
“Compensation below top consultancies.”
“Limited international support.”
“Still start-up mode for some obvious things.”
“Good industrial practice.”
“Strategy & business.”
About Arthur D. Little Europe
A long history of leading innovation
Arthur D. Little has been at the forefront of innovation since 1886. It is an acknowledged thought leader in linking strategy, innovation and transformation in technology-intensive and converging industries. The firm helps clients navigate changing business ecosystems to uncover new growth opportunities; in so doing, it supports clients in building innovation capabilities and transforming their organization.
Founded in Boston in 1886, Arthur D. Little lays claim to the dual titles of first and oldest management consulting firm in the world. The pioneering spirit of the founder who lent the firm its name is the stuff of legend--and the firm he founded is still going strong, even after completing a journey that has seen it go from private entity to public corporation, and back to private following a 2011 management buyout by the partners. Since 2011 the company has experienced steady growth in revenue and margins every single year (including 2020) and has invested in key markets in Europe, Asia Pacific and the Americas.
Consultants operate in Europe, Asia and the Americas, offering tailored services to clients in in a range of industries across three main functional practice areas. Consultants operate across a matrix structure of functional practices and industry practices which provide opportunities to work on a range of industries and functional areas.
Industry Practice Areas
- AMG (Automotive and Manufacturing
- CHEM (Chemical)
- ENUT (Energy and Utilities)
- HC (Health Care)
- TIME (Telecom, Information, Media, Electronics)
- T&T (Travel and Transportation)
Functional Practice Areas
- Strategy & Organization
- Technology & Innovation Management
- Operations Management
- Risk Management
- Digital Transformation
- Digital Problem Solving (DPS)
Today, Arthur D. Little is an established consultancy with a lot of brand equity in most markets it operates in. The firm has further developed its reach by opening new offices, and has a clear positioning revolving around Strategy, Innovation, and Transformation; this translates into 3 key themes: Anticipate (understanding future trends and changes in ecosystems), Innovate (building innovation capabilities, creative solutions & evolve business models), and Transform (shape and reshape ecosystems and your company continuously).
In Europe & the Middle East
In the recent past, Europe was the stronghold of ADL's operations-indeed, ADL operates offices in 19 different cities in Europe covering the whole range of functional and industry practices and employing over 50% of the firm's entire consulting staff. For junior staff, the majority of casework typically takes place within national markets, although there are frequent opportunities for international staffing (largely remotely in 2020-21 but expecting to return to onsite delivery later in the year). Consultants and Managers can take part in ADL's global Short Term Mobility Program and move between offices for periods of 6 months or less. Mobility for more senior people is also encouraged.
ADL serves the entire Middle East region from three offices in Dubai, Riyadh and Beirut covering the whole range of functional and industry practices. Consultants in the Middle East will be mainly focused on the GCC countries but are also often deployed in Asia depending on staffing requirements. In early 2020 the Middle East office has increased its recruitment activities to allow it to support the growth path it has set for the post Covid phase.
For entry level positions, ADL has a preference for scientists and engineers at a Masters or PhD level as well as economics and business graduates from the best local schools / universities. Training (global and local) is provided as part of career development and new consultants can expect to attend one or two training weeklong sessions in their first years (in 2020 these were delivered online and we expect to continue with online training until September 2021). In addition, ADL provides online training in a number of topic areas to allow consultants to specialize.
For more experienced hires, ADL tends to look for consultants who possess strong practical industry experience combined with excellent knowledge of key trends and dynamics. Arthur D. Little puts emphasis on not only strong analytical skills, client orientation and teaming, but also on creativity, entrepreneurial attitude, and communication. Recent expansion means that a number of Partner level hires have taken place, together with internal promotions.
ADL is active in on-campus recruitment at a range of different leading universities across Europe. In the Middle East, ADL recruit from local universities but also from further afield to relocate consultants to the Middle East. Most of the offices offer an active internship program for graduates (often leading to direct entry employment following internship). At the Business Analyst and Consultant level, ADL have significantly increased the percentage of recruitment from staff that has undertaken ADL internships so internships should be seen as an extended interview process.
During Covid-19 Arthur D. Little has rapidly deployed remote working policies for consulting staff to allow us to continue to deliver projects for our clients. We have also invested extensively in advanced modelling for our clients to allow them to understand the likely evolution of the crisis and forecasting the recovery phase.
To support staff in this difficult period we have launched a number of global initiatives to connect our staff and allow them to share concerns and maintain a healthy sense of community.
A number of seniors have also made efforts to engage staff on mental health concerns, particularly those experiencing difficult lock down impacts.
We had already been using online interviews for candidates that were applying from remote locations. We are currently using video-conferencing for most project work and also for any recruitment for internships and full time positions but we expect to return to having “in the flesh” interviews in the second half of 2021.
Internship policies will vary from market to market as the Covid situation is extremely localised. Current recruitment will be driven by the economic situation and expected workload. We have on-boarded interns since March 2020 in most European and Middle Offices and have made a number of full time offers to interns in various markets.
The Middle East offices are actively recruiting to serve its markets which have experienced high growth in the Q4 2020. European offices are also actively recruiting in early 2021.
In the News
Financial Times – Musk and Tesla shock Panasonic investors with battery ambitions
Tesla’s planned shift to in-house production of electric vehicle batteries has caused investors to question the carmaker’s partnership with long-time supplier Panasonic.
The shift is fuelled by Tesla chief executive Elon Musk’s push for a new $25,000 vehicle, plans for which he also unveiled on September 22 during a “drive-in” presentation in front of the company’s factory in California. Priced at much less than Tesla’s current cheapest offering — its Model 3, which starts at about $35,000 — the new vehicle will hit the market three years down the road, according to Mr Musk.
A sticker price of $25,000 “would maintain competitive advantage even absent of subsidies”, said Hiroto Suzuki, a partner at Arthur D Little.
Arthur D. Little acquires Cutter Consortium and Presans to expand open consulting capabilities
Arthur D. Little has announced the acquisitions of Cutter Consortium, a business technology research company based in the US, and Presans, a leading player in industrial open innovation based in France. By combining its own expertise with an existing community of independent experts, ADL is expanding its consulting ecosystem to establish a next-generation value proposition powered by open consulting and open problem solving.
Cutter Consortium helps organizations navigate digital disruption of business models and leverage emerging technologies for competitive advantage. Presans is a leading data-driven platform dedicated to industrial open innovation and problem solving. The acquisition of Presans’ technological platform will also enable ADL to accelerate its investments in artificial intelligence and machine learning to develop state-of-the-art offerings for its clients.
Ignacio García Alves, Chairman and CEO of Arthur D. Little, comments: “We believe the future is open consulting, offering access to experts, premium insight and a differentiated experience for our clients.”
The Economist – How managers have coped with the pandemic
Businesses have faced their sternest test in the past few months, dealing with a pandemic that few will have anticipated. Arthur D. Little surveyed 25 chairmen and chief executives of telecoms, transport and utilities firms in Hong Kong, Singapore and Italy, three of the earliest places to be affected by the virus. They were asked to reflect on how the reality of this crisis differed from their expectations—and from their disaster recovery plans.
Four surprises stood out. First, the difficulty of finding reliable information. The second was the speed at which the crisis unfolded. Third, firms did not foresee a disruption that would simultaneously hit their entire “ecosystem” of suppliers and business partners. The final shock was uncertainty about what comes next.
Karim Taga, one of the report's authors, observes that Asian companies were generally better prepared, having experienced the SARS epidemic of 2002-03.
Forbes – Lessons for leaders from the coronavirus front line
Arthur D. Little has explored the experiences of organisations in some of the countries first affected by the crisis, to provide lessons for those now having to confront it. Through a series of meetings with business leaders from such sectors as telecoms, transport and utilities, the firm has produced a special report based around “hot off the press” insights from the frontline. Learnings can be grouped into five key areas:
- Crisis steering: Mobilize the crisis response leadership program immediately, using tested and well-drilled plans.
- Employees and customers: Focus first on employee and customer safety, and communicate intensively to enable changes in behavior.
- Operational and business continuity: Physically separate operational teams, manage cash flow and ensure partners and suppliers are equally aligned.
- Other stakeholders: Engage actively with the government, authorities and the community at large.
- Recovery: Plan for recovery now, be positive and grasp new opportunities.
Arthur D. Little unites international CEOs to help combat COVID-19 business threats
Arthur D. Little has initiated an international platform for CEOs to exchange crisis management experiences while dealing with COVID-19. Under the motto, “Learning from each other and coping with the crisis together,” the aim of the pro bono initiative is to build a pool of experience and provide companies and public institutions with knowledge on how to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ignacio García Alves, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Arthur D. Little, comments: “With each country facing different stages of COVID-19, it is important for those who are just at the beginning of the crisis to learn from those who have already put effective measures in place. At ADL it has always been our mission to help CEOs to anticipate whatever disruption they might be facing to ensure business continuity. Let’s work together to defeat COVID-19 by spreading knowledge and best practice quicker than the virus!”
World Economic Forum – ADL asks: will robo-taxis cause radical disruption – or gridlock?
Currently, three trends are accelerating transformative change in automotive: zero-emission vehicles, autonomous driving and new mobility models. Autonomous, zero-emission robo-taxis embody all three of these trends, offering the potential for convenient, personalized transport as an attractive alternative to owning a car or using public transport. However, understanding the potential impact of robo-taxis is not straightforward.
Vehicles generate three issues: congestion, pollution and safety. While autonomous, zero-emission vehicles would reduce pollution and safety issues, they could increase congestion. Robo-taxis are likely to increase the number of taxi journeys due not only to their convenience, but also their empty collecting trips, which would, in theory, more than double the number of journeys altogether.
However, robo-taxis also provide an opportunity to significantly increase traffic capacity by reducing safe stopping distances between cars. As robots can react almost instantly, it is reasonable to reduce the enforced safe distance while still achieving higher security levels.
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Phone: +32 2 761 72 00
Employer Type: Private
Global CEO: Ignacio Garcia Alves
2020 Employees (All Locations): 1,030
Brussels, Belgium (HQ)
Strategy & Organization
Technology & Innovation Management