Executive Insights

Volume XVII, Issue 16 | May 5, 2015 | By: Peter McKelvey, Francois Mallette U.S. Private Equity Index and Selected Benchmark Statistics

In the first of a series of Executive Insights on the challenges in creating value through transactions, L.E.K. Managing Directors Peter McKelvey and Francois Mallette examine six ways in which successful private equity firms are delivering stellar returns at a time where global growth remains sluggish.

Volume XVI, Issue 40 | November 24, 2014 | By: Vassilis Economides, Manny Picciola, Simon Horan The Four Dimensions of Strategy Activation The Strategy Activation Roadmap

Typically, organizations have adopted a traditional two-stage approach which separates a strategy’s theory from the practice of its implementation. However, this approach is not appropriate for most modern organizations and increases the cost of strategic change, while reducing its chances of success. L.E.K. partners Vassilis Economides, Manny Picciola and Simon Horan explain why the traditional two-staged approach is no longer fit for purpose, and present an alternative solution: the "strategy activation" approach.

Volume XVI, Issue 28 | July 9, 2014 | By: Martin Pilkington, Geoff Parkin The Four Key Elements of Innovation Best Practice Minimum Loveable Product Approach Innovation Cycle of an Online Travel Retailer

In this Executive Insights, L.E.K. Consulting examines exactly how digital specialists handle innovation and what separates them from competitors who struggle to achieve such fast innovation cycle times.

Volume XVI, Issue 18 | May 9, 2014 | By: Peter Smith, Jeremy Wheatland Input Parameters Required to Forecast Skill Supply Constraints and Gaps Skills Pyramid – Source, Progression and Levels of Expertise Within a Skill Category Skills Capacity Issue Tracker Output Across Project Development Timeline

In this Executive Insights, L.E.K.'s Peter Smith, Jeremy Wheatland and Phil Meier examine the pitfalls of poor skills management and explain the complex web of factors and interrelationships that are key to delivering a successful skills management strategy.

Volume XVI, Issue 12 | April 3, 2014 | By: Peter McKelvey Relative Attractiveness Continuum

In this Executive Insights, President of L.E.K.’s Americas Practice Peter McKelvey lays into a five-step process for effective scenario planning.

Volume XV, Issue 25 | October 14, 2013 | By: Peter McKelvey U.S. Private Equity (PE) index and selected benchmark statistics.

Private equity (PE)  holds several inherent advantages over public ownership, including the ability to boost equity returns through creative leverage structures. The managerial discipline and strong operational performance that is typical of PE holds lessons for all organizations in virtually any sector of the economy. This new Executive Insights identifies six specific disciplines from the PE world that can be employed by any senior management team to improve performance.

Volume XV, Issue 13 | June 13, 2013 | By: Jon Weber

Every six months since 2008, L.E.K. Consulting has surveyed more than 2,000 U.S. consumers about their spending behavior and predictions based on their perception of their personal finances and the economy. Over time, the results have offered a window into the mind of the American consumer—capturing hopes, fears and expectations for the future. As the survey reached its five-year mark in 2013, Jon Weber, Managing Director in L.E.K.'s Retail and Consumer Products practice discusses the insights gleaned from the surveys and the implications for L.E.K. retail clients.

Volume XV, Issue 11 | May 29, 2013 | By: L.E.K. Consulting

Despite China’s ever-changing and challenging operating environment, private equity investment has dramatically expanded in recent years. However, investors are increasingly concerned about seeing real returns from these investments since companies operate in an environment where costs are rising rapidly, customer needs are constantly changing and investor and management teams are not always aligned. In this new Executive Insights, L.E.K. Consulting recommends that investors focus on the Return on Assets (ROA) ratio to measure the interaction between profit/sales and sales/assets ratios.

Volume XIV, Issue 23 | November 14, 2012 | By: L.E.K. Consulting

L.E.K. Consulting is seeing a steady rise in cleantech investment in China including the broader green energy landscape beyond traditional renewable sectors. In fact, investors have been very active during the past few years and deal flow is among the highest across all Chinese economic sectors. Our 2012 report examines the recent trends in China’s cleantech investing landscape and argues that the sector should be given further consideration by investors looking for attractive investment opportunities.


Volume XIV, Issue 22 | November 2, 2012 | By: Jon Weber, Francois Mallette

Consumer outlook on both the economy and their personal finances are at four-year highs based on L.E.K. Consulting’s fall 2012 Consumer Sentiment Survey (CSS). L.E.K. first launched its semi-annual survey in 2008 to better understand consumers’ projected spending for the next six months as well as their attitudes toward additional financial and economic factors.