Arthur D. Little Asia at a Glance


  • "Opportunity."
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The Buzz

  • "Niche."
  • "Prestigious."
  • "Less known but solid strategist."

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 its clients to navigate changing business ecosystems to uncover new growth opportunities; in so doing, the company supports clients in building innovation capabilities and transforming their organization.

ADL is looking 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. Arthur D. Little is present in the most important business centers around the world. 

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.  

The consultants it employs today find themselves operating 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)

  • ENER (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

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: anticipates (trends), innovate (business, products, eco-systems), and transform (organization).

Recruitment and internship enquiries should be addressed through the country offices via the ADL website. 

In Asia

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


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.

The Japanese office has led the development of a Singapore office in the form of a "Japan-Asia Support Desk" 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. 


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. Our China 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. 


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 in 2010. 


The ADL office in Kuala Lumpur focusses on: Energy and Utilities, Chemicals, Automotive and Manufacturing, and the Telecom, Information, Media, Electronics (TIME) sectors.  Recently, the Kuala Lumpur office assisted with the master planning of an entire petrochemical complex in South East Asia, one of the largest such developments in the world. For historical reasons the KL office is co-managed with the Middle East office and staff can therefore occasionally be assigned to cases being managed out of the Dubai, Riyadh or Beirut offices. 


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.  


Reopening in Singapore

Arthur D. Little has formally reopened its Singapore Operation pushed by demands by Clients in other Asia locations. The current Office is located in the heart of vibrant Singapore and is developing nicely. While it was initially established by Seniors from other offices to serve their clients locally, the Office has grown and is hiring on a regular basis in order to cope with growing demand.

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Arthur D. Little Asia

Avenue du Bourgetlaan 42
Brussels 1130
Phone: +32 2 761 72 00
Fax: +32 2 762 07 58
Vault ID: 2308006


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Global CEO: Ignacio Garcia Alves
  • 2015 Employees: 1,000

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  • Major Departments & Practices
    Strategy & Organization
    Technology & Innovation Management
    Operations Management

Major Office Locations

  • Brussels, Belgium (HQ)
    Hong Kong
    Kuala Lumpur

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