About Us

History

Our presence in Korea

Arthur D. Little has been active in Korea since the 1960s and has participated in some of the key economic and industrial developments in the region, supporting for example, in 1967, the establishment of the Korean government’s 5-year Economic Plan in the petrochemical sector.
We established our office in Seoul in 1994, working since then with major Korean companies and public organizations. 
Over the last 20 years, we conducted successful assignments in Korea serving clients across a wide range of sectors, including telecommunications, finance, automotive, energy, chemicals, transportation and conglomerates: 

  • 1998: Arthur D. Little advised on “3 Big Deals” in semiconductor, petrochemical and refinery business, out of the 5 that took place this year, during the Korean economic crisis
  • 1999: Arthur D. Little developed a bio business-entry strategy for one of the major Korean petrochemical companies
  • 2000: Arthur D. Little set the IMT-2000 master plan for the Korean Ministry of Information-Communication
  • 2001: Arthur D. Little set the telematics strategy for a major global automotive company
  • 2002: Arthur D. Little developed a turnaround strategy for one of the major Korean oil companies
  • 2003: Arthur D. Little set the “North East Asian Logistics Hub Strategy” for the Korean Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries
  • 2004: Arthur D. Little set the “organizational innovation strategy” for the Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • 2006: Arthur D. Little set the “National Ocean Strategy” for the Korean Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries
  • 2007: Arthur D. Little developed an investment-banking model for the largest public finance institution in Korea
  • 2008: Arthur D. Little designed a mobile-banking merger strategy for the largest Korean mobile operator
  • 2009: Arthur D. Little set the “Green Technology Strategy” for the Korean Ministry of Land, Transport, and Maritime
  • 2010: Arthur D. Little supported a US $5 billion acquisition deal for a major global automotive company 
  • 2013: Arthur D. Little proclaimed the “One Asia City Manifesto” at Vision Korea National Conference
  • 2015: Arthur D. Little developed a long-term vision for one of the top 5 Korean conglomerates
  • 2016: Arthur D. Little developed a long-term vision and US$ 150 billion business-portfolio strategy for one of the top 5 Korean conglomerates
  • 2017: Arthur D. Little set a US $5.5 billion real-estate development plan in IFEZ (Incheon Free Economic Zone)

Our history: “Who says it can’t be done?”

Arthur D. Little loved a challenge. His response of “Who says it can’t be done?” when asked whether it was possible to create a silk purse out of a pig’s ear represents all that we stand for. For our entire history, we have been driven by issues challenging us to turn the unimagined into reality.

Discover our timeline

Arthur D. Little, founded in 1886, is the world’s first management consultancy.

On October 1st, 1886, Arthur Dehon Little opened a chemical-analysis office in Boston. The opening of the office was the birth of contract research which would bridge the gap between emerging science and the practical needs of society and industry. It slowly evolved into one of the hubs of outsourced chemical research in the US.

But Arthur D. Little even went a step further. In 1911, when the company he had founded had already built up 25 years of innovation management expertise, he opened the first research lab for General Motors on GM’s premises. He was not aware at that point that with the contract for outsourcing parts of research for GM, he had invented a new business model for his firm – and the industry.

For more then 130 years, the Arthur D. Little name has been synonymous with technological ingenuity and innovative thinking.

Arthur D. Little’s management consulting services were traditionally sought after not only by corporations but also by state bodies, federal agencies and governments worldwide. Its project work focused on corporate finance, environmental risk, information management, operations, strategy and organization, technology and innovation, and a host of other services to maintain the competitiveness of its clients.

Today, Arthur D. Little has a range of showcases for its ground-breaking thought leadership, including Prism, its biannual journal that touches on emerging industry trends, strategic thinking and operational excellence.

Arthur D. Little’s success can be attributed to its professionals and business methodologies. Our professionals approach projects by getting to the heart of the question. From there, information is extrapolated, reviewed and assessed to determine more effective ways to operate, go to market, and increase revenues.

Success is not based on a single action, but on the collective actions of the team.

By working side-by-side™ with our clients, we prove to them that we are just as strongly committed as they are to understanding and addressing their challenges. Arthur D. Little is not a bureaucratic culture but one that is collaborative and forward-thinking. Our people consistently epitomize those values via the way projects are defined and managed throughout their lifecycles. 

In today’s world, our professionals look at topics as diverse as the sustainability of transportation biofuels, solutions for the private equity sector or the licensing strategies for biopharmaceutical companies.

 

"Our firm’s deep industry knowledge, linked to our strong expertise in strategy, technology and innovation, helps us solve our clients’ most complex business issues while delivering sustainable results to their businesses. Our clients recognize this value and seek us out when faced with these challenges. As we continue to expand our market presence and take on projects that enrich the career goals of our professionals, the next 100 years of Arthur D. Little will be just as exciting as its first century!"

Ignacio Garcia Alves, Global Chairman & CEO, Arthur D. Little