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At a Glance

Uppers

“Small teams, it is very horizontal.”

“The entrepreneurial culture.”

“Intellectual challenges, opportunities to work with other offices

Downers

“Still building scale in key markets.”

“Compensation.”

“Too fragmented/localized.”

The Buzz

“Boutique, but growing.”

“One of the originals.”

“Established.”

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 anticipate, innovate and transform; in so doing, the company 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. Since then the company has experienced steady growth in revenue and margins every single year and has invested in key markets.    

Consultants operate in Europe, Asia and the Americas, offering tailored services to clients in in a range of industries across five main functional practice areas.  Consultants also 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)
  • FSG (Financial Services Group)
  • HC/LS (Health Care and Life Sciences)
  • TIME (Telecom, Information, Media, Electronics)
  • T&T (Travel and Transportation)

Functional Practice Areas

  • Strategy & Organization
  • Technology & Innovation Management
  • Operations Management
  • Risk Management
  • Digital Problem Solving (DPS)
  • Information Management / Digital

Today, Arthur D. Little is an established consultancy with significant brand equity in most markets it operates in. The firm has a clear positioning revolving around Strategy, Innovation, and Transformation; which 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 the Americas

In the US, ADL operates offices in Boston and Houston and has opened an office in San Francisco as part of a growth plan to boost its US presence.  The firm also has project offices in New York and Southern California.

The Boston office has a strong tradition in product development, R&D organization projects and technology driven due diligence as well as supporting the introduction of new innovative products and services for international clients.

The firm's health care and life sciences offerings (pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, medical technology, providers, diagnostics, lab instrumentation, etc.), are delivered throughout the country, with teams located in San Francisco, Southern California, New Jersey, and the Boston area.

Houston has a strong focus on serving the US and is the hub of the firm's Latin American operations, with a strong focus on energy and utilities, telecom, internet, media and electronics. In addition, this office also serves the financial services industries, with a strong focus on strategy, operational improvement and technology and innovation activities. From it, the firm has recently completed a number of projects to assist leading 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 Houston such as Conoco, Chevron, CITGO and Aramco Services.

ADL also has an office in Buenos Aires that employs an active energy and telecoms team serving the Latin American market and has recently opened offices in Bogota and Mexico City.

In the News

June 2019

Arthur D. Little’s Global Shareholder’s meeting was held in Mexico City where the firm celebrated the opening of its latest North American office.

Arthur D. Little

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): 1,050

Major Office Locations

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

Major Departments & Practices

Strategy & Organization
Technology & Innovation Management>
Operations Management