- Arthur D. Little
company_type = [Strategy / Management consulting]
foundation = 1886
location = 30 offices in 20 countries
key_people = Dr M. Träm, Global CEO
num_employees = about 1,000
revenue = 2005 239$m - 2006: US$unknown - 2007: US$unknown
products = Management consulting services
homepage = [http://www.adl.com/ www.adl.com]
Arthur D. Little is an international
management consultingfirm, founded in 1886 by Arthur Dehon Little, an MIT chemist who discovered acetate, and co-worker Roger Griffin, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Arthur D. Little pioneered the concept of contracted technology research.
The company played key roles in the development of
operations research, the word processor, the first synthetic penicillin, LexisNexis, and NASDAQ. Today the company is one of the world's leading management consulting firms, working closely with Fortune 500firms across the globe.
Arthur D. Little grew quickly from its roots in contracted research into the lucrative
management consultingservices arena and defined itself as a pioneer and industry leader from the 1960s right through to the 1990s. It produced the European Commission's first white paper on telecommunications deregulationand helped privatize British Rail, generally regarded as one of the most complex privatizationexercises in the world. By 2001, Arthur D. Little had 2000 employees around the world, but over-expansion of its management consulting business, coupled to management's failure to spin-off a niche high technology consulting practice, resulted in financial losses causing Arthur D. Little to file chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and effectively go out of business after 116 years. At an auction in 2002, Parisbased AltranTechnologies bought the Arthur D. Little brand name and financed a management buyout of the non-US offices.
In 2007, the new Arthur D. Little has about 1000 employees across 30 offices in 20 countries around the world, and typically manages around 2000 assignments in 60 countries every year. Arthur D. Little today has successfully rebuilt its Oil & Gas practice and is well regarded for its strong expertise in the telecommunications industry with additional centers of excellence in automotive, chemicals, healthcare and public sector consulting. Whilst Europe provided the bulk of the growth since 2002, its North American offices are expanding as it continues to manage high profile clients and assignments around the world.
In 2006 R. Clarke, the Chief executive officer who successfully led the new Arthur D. Little from 2001, stepped down and "Dr" M. Träm was appointed as Chief Executive Officer, and charged with continuing Arthur D. Little's regrowth. Arthur D. Little is currently ranked as one of the top management consulting firms. [ [http://www.vault.com/nr/consulting_rankings/consulting_rankings.jsp?consulting2007=2&ch_id=252 Vault.com 2006] ).] Recent growth since 2006 has been around 20% a year but much of this has been the result of acquisitions or of re-integrating separate offices using the ADL brand name.
Arthur D. Little publishes a bi-annual thought leadership collection called PRISM [(which is available from its website http://www.adl.com/prism.html or free on demand from any of the corporate offices)]
* Austria, Belgium, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and United States of America.
Notable current and former employees
Bruce Henderson, founder of the Boston Consulting Group
Charles Koch, Chairman and chief executive officer, Koch Industries
Royal Little, founder of Textron, Inc.
Dr. Devendra Singh, strategist
Sam Malin, co-founder and CEO of Madagascar Oil
H. Donald Wilson, ADL lead consultant to and first president of LexisNexisdatabase
;Politics and public service
Merrill Cook, former member of the United States House of Representatives from Utah.
Glen Fukushima, advisor to U.S. President Bill Clinton
James M. Gavin, US Army Lieutenant General and Strategist who developed airborne forces in WW2 and founded the 82nd Airborne Division, later US Ambassadorto France
* [http://www.icheme.org/pr_and_media/latest_news/24_10_06release.html David Brown] , Chief Executive IChemE (
Institution of Chemical Engineers)
Winnett Boyd, engineer
Fischer Black, economist
Philip Chapman, Australian-born American astronaut
Peter Glaser, inventor of the Solar power satellite
Raymond Hainer, chemist and mentor of Donald Schon
* David Levy, inventor
Pamela Low, developed the flavored coating for Cap'n Crunch cereal
Donald Schön, academic
Jack Treynor, economist
Bernard Vonnegut, atmospheric scientist
Jean E. de Valpine, CEO of Memorial Drive Trust
* James Adams (1992). "Bull's eye". (Chapter Seven) Times Books.
* E.J.Kahn, Jr. (1986). "The Problem Solvers". Little Brown.
* Peter Herman (2006), "Managing other people, but not you own". adlbook.com
* [http://www.adl.com Arthur D. Little] Official website
* [http://www.adl.com/prism.html PRISM: bi-annual thought leadership collection]
* [http://historywired.si.edu/object.cfm?ID=535 A Silk Purse From a Sow's Ear]
* [http://www.vault.com/nr/consulting_rankings/consulting_rankings.jsp?consulting2007=3&ch_id=252 Vault.com Survey of consulting firms rankings 2006]
* [http://www.icheme.org/pr_and_media/latest_news/24_10_06release.html ICHEME Official website]
* [http://www.adl.com/alumni.html Alumni Association]
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