Arthur D. Little at a Glance

The Buzz

  • "Niche, innovative."
  • "Name recognition, but this is a reincarnation."
  • "Grandaddy of them all."
  • "Stodgy."

About Arthur D. Little

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

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 the Americas

In the US, ADL has long operated offices in Boston, Houston and has recently opened an office in San Francisco has part of his growth plan to boost its US presence.  

The Boston Office is focused on serving the Health Care and Life Sciences (Pharmaceuticals, Biotechnology, Medical Technology, Providers, Diagnostics, Lab Instrumentation, etc.), Food & Nutrition, Consumer Electronics, and Technology, and Private Equity industries.  It conducts leading-edge assignments in Strategy, Corporate Finance / Investment Advisory, and Technology and Innovation Management (including Commercialization).  Recently, the Boston office has conducted a Financial Feasibility and Due-Diligence of an innovative cancer treatment technology on behalf of a leading academic medical center and investment firm; identified therapeutic targets, compound asset values and licensing opportunities for a novel drug delivery system; and, assessed market and technology opportunities for a leading global consumer electronics company seeking to expand in the Health & Wellness segment.  

Houston has a strong focus on serving the US and Latin American Energy and Utilities industry with a strong focus on strategy, operational improvement and technology and innovation activities.  For example it has recently completed a number of projects to assist leading LA energy companies in Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Argentina.   It has also completed recent work for a number of International Oil and Gas companies based in in Houston such as Conoco, Chevron, CITGO and Aramco Services. ADL has also an office in Buenos Aires that employs a small but active Energy team.

ADL has recently opened an office in San Francisco which is expected to focus on the Health Care & Life Science Practice. Other offices are planned in the near future.

Regardless of office location, ADL recruits its entry level staff (Business Analysts) with technical backgrounds from the leading US (Harvard, MIT, Princeton, Brown, UPenn, Yale, Dartmouth, Northwestern, Stanford) & top Latin American universities.  More experienced staff are expected to have significant relevant private sector industry experience as well as an MBA or Ph.D. or similar qualifications.  

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Arthur D. Little

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


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

  • Employment Contact

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

Major Office Locations

  • Brussels, Belgium (HQ)
  • Bogota
  • Boston
  • Buenos Aires
  • Houston
  • San Francisco
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