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Future of batteries

Winner takes all?

Battery technologies are central to delivering significant advances in a wide range of industries, from electric vehicles to renewable power. This has catapulted battery technology to the top of the priority list for many players, leading to a huge boom in investment, as companies try to build key...
Utilities & alternative energy

Local content after a booming oil & gas cycle

Ambitions and limits of local content development

A cycle of booming oil and gas exploration and production activity ended in 2015. During the decade 2005–2015, pressure on local content intensified in most oil-rich countries. The time has come to examine the economic impact of both regulations and initiatives taken by private international and...
Oil & gas

Building momentum – oil and gas in Latin America

Development of unconventional oil and gas resources

Unconventional oil production has grown these past few years despite low oil prices since 2014. Although production in the US decreased in 2015, stabilization of prices and improvements in several operational areas allowed unconventionals to maintain a relevant role in the global supply. Last year...
Oil & gas

The Breakthrough Incubator

How to rapidly create and launch a new step-out business

Creating a new step-out business is not easyAchieving the revenue growth that markets expect can be challenging: growth by acquisition is expensive, and organic growth is often too slow and incremental. Therefore, a key priority for global corporations is to improve performance in breakthrough...
Consumer goods & retail, Public services, Technology & innovation management

Becoming a Next Practice Business

How to apply the strategy and management practices of creative disruptors to transform established businesses

Everyone knows the real world is complex. And everyone knows the digital era has created a level of uncertainty, disruption and possibility that has never been seen before. And yet management culture embedded in some of the world’s largest companies merely serves to artificially simplify the real...
Digital problem solving

Innovation through contracting in the oil and gas sector

How contracts with external partners drive innovation in the oil and gas sector

An increasing number of CEOs see innovation as a key lever for growth and critical to achieving sustained competitive advantage across the oil and gas sector. To be more innovative, firms increasingly complement their internal innovation capabilities with solutions, ideas, and technologies from...
Oil & gas, Strategy, Organization & transformation, Technology & innovation management

Dead end approaches for high- sulfur fuels

Refiners’ time window shrinks - they need to act

Demand switch to low-sulfur fuels has been uneven across the globe, but environmental and engine regulations are pressing sulfur specs to extremely low limits. Refiners need to act accordingly since there will not be place to sink high-sulfur fuels anymore.Demand for ultra-low-sulfur on-road fuels...
Oil & gas

Saudi Arabia: World leader in solar power?

Can KSA meet >50% of its electricity demand through solar?

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) has laid out an ambitious plan to modernize the country and move its economy away from its dependence on oil. A key part of this plan is to begin meaningfully tapping one of the country’s most abundant natural resources: solar power. Already, the Kingdom has...
Utilities & alternative energy

The Breakthrough Incubator

How to rapidly create and launch new step-out businesses

Achieving the revenue growth that markets expect can be challenging, especially when core business growth prospects are limited, or when disruptions or convergence mean that the company has to move into new or unfamiliar areas. Growth by acquisition is expensive, and organic growth is slow and...
Technology & innovation management

When will the electric vehicle dream become a reality?

Insight on the inflection point

Ever since the Government of India made public its intention to electrify all new vehicles by 2030, a sudden wave of excitement has gripped the global automotive industry. Several global and local OEMs in India have begun work on their respective India electric vehicle (EV) strategies. Arthur D....
Automotive, Strategy, Organization & transformation