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At a Glance

Uppers

Exposure to different and diverse projects.”

“Good working culture and fellowship.”

“You gain not only consulting skills but in-depth technical knowledge.”

Downers

“Small team.”

“No system for mentor/mentee.”

“Variety of experience available is somewhat limited.”

The Buzz

“One of the higher-tier firms, very niche.”

“Old school prestige.”

About Arthur D. Little Asia

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.

Mold-breaker

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. 

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

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 Asia

In Asia, ADL operates in Japan, China, Korea, India, Singapore, and Thailand.  

Japan

The Japanese office supports a wide range of industries, including automotive, electronics, IT, chemicals, as well as the food and healthcare industries. It has focused on business growth strategy, technology management, and organization development.

In recent years, the Japanese office has led the development of a Singapore office in the form of a "Japan-Asia Expansion" which assists the Asian business development of Japanese clients, using the firm's extensive network in each country. In addition, by leveraging that network, not only in the manufacturing industry, but also in government and investment funds, the firm is able to offer global policy recommendations for Japan's manufacturing industry.

The Tokyo office has been so growing every year since 2006, except during the economic downturn, transforming from a boutique-sized firm into a mid-size one. One of the biggest reasons behind this growth is the demand from our industries, as well as society at large, to innovate in the face of the dramatic paradigm shifts now underway.

ADL Tokyo has positioned itself as a unique, powerful, and exciting firm with innovative insight ahead of the times that enables ADL to offer support to fit the needs of the times.  The Tokyo office appears to have focused on attracting highly talented people who are interested in “innovation,” not only in technology but also in business models and industry structural changes.

China

ADL started its operations in Greater China back in 1985 with its Hong Kong office. Arthur D. Little is now also present in Shanghai and Beijing and is supporting Foreign and Local clients in a number of sectors including Automotive, Energy, Financial services, FMCG and Entertainment.  Recently, the China team supported an Asian Financial group to develop its leasing China market entry strategy and was involved in the acquisition target identification and due diligence. China's office also helped a Foreign Automotive OEM to assess the opportunity to launch a New Energy Vehicle for the China market. The China team also supported a Hong-Kong based Entertainment player on how to leverage digital technology to enhance the customer experience of their client.

Korea

Arthur D. Little's Korean experience began in 1967 when it first began providing the consulting and advisory work for the Korean government's second "national 5-year economic development plan", which began Korea's strategic investment in heavy industries.  Arthur D. Little conducted feasibility studies for the government's petrochemical and machinery industry policies.

The Seoul office was opened in 1994 - since then ADL Korea has gained a market reputation for offering management strategy with strong focus on implementation. During the IMF bail-out period, ADL Korea successfully managed three of the five national restructuring projects (Big Deals) and in 2001, ADL devised the 3-G mobile telecom (IMT-2000) strategy for the largest Korean telecom operator. ADL Korea has a strong proven track record of management consulting service for a number of leading companies at various major industries, including energy, manufacturing, healthcare, automotive and finance.  ADL Korea was listed as "one of the four powerhouses in advisory business" along with Goldman Sachs (Investment banking), Kim & Chang (Legal), PwC (Accounting), when ADL provided consulting support on the $5 billion acquisition deal for Hyundai Motors Group.

India

Arthur D. Little has worked with clients in India since 1947, when the country's first Prime Minister, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, invited ADL consultants to help define roles for key government agencies. With offices in New Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai, ADL India serves a wide variety of Indian and multinational companies in a range of industries (Automotive, Consumer Products, Pharmaceuticals/Health Care, Financial Services, etc.). Typical assignments range from formulating "blue sky" strategy, to defining growth opportunities, and to improving operational performance. Recent deliverables include helping a client design an "intelligent" building, supporting the design and launch of a market-specific cost efficient motorcycle, and helping build "big data" analytics capabilities to underpin the growth aspirations of another client.

Thailand

ADL has recently opened an office in Bangkok in 2018 and has had a very busy year supporting local major state-owned enterprises to design their innovation strategy, re-organize their R&D activities and detailed entry & partnership strategy for a certain new business domain. The Bangkok office also hosted the 2018 ADL partner’s meeting. 

In the News

August 2019

ADL’s operations in Southeast Asia are growing rapidly, and recently ADL has been building its staff in Singapore. This resulted in a move this summer to a new office location in Singapore with a larger capacity. In addition, based on the current amount of project work that is taking place, ADL is planning to open new offices in other Southeast Asia locales such as Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam in the near future.

2018 & 2019

ADL Japan has been in the news as part of its  work supporting Japan Railway East to develop and operate the “Mobility Innovation Consortium.” Established in 2017, more than 150 companies in Japan have joined this consortium with the aim of generating innovation in mobility-related topics, such as Smart City, Door-to-Door, Robotics, and other Industry 4.0 technologies.  The project demonstrates two typical aspects of ADL Japan’s services; 1. Supporting clients in building “ecosystems” across industry boundaries, and 2. Leading clients to help them adapt in the face of the advent of innovation in areas of industry “convergence.”

Arthur D. Little Asia

Avenue du Bourgetlaan 42
Brussels 1130
Phone: +32 2 761 72 00

Stats

Employer Type: Private
Global CEO: Ignacio Garcia Alves
2019 Employees (All Locations): 1,030

Major Office Locations

Major Office Locations in Asia
Bankok
Gurgaon
Hong Kong
Seoul
Shanghai
Singapore
Tokyo

Major Departments & Practices

Strategy & Organization
Technology & Innovation Management
Operations Management