Executive Insights

Volume XIX, Issue 19 | March 9, 2017 | By: Geoff Parkin UK contractors / tradesmen usage of mobile devices by work purpose (2016) Six-month average traffic to website for selected builders / specialist merchant websites

The building products and materials industry has watched the dislocation of consumer markets by digital disrupters like Amazon, ASOS and Uber, and is nervous about the shape and speed of the digital threat coming its own way.

Volume XIX, Issue 15 | February 28, 2017 | By: Andrew Allum Example jobs destroyed by automation Example jobs created by automation Key categories of job creation and destruction

The story of automation is only just entering its next chapter, and like all major technological advances of the past, there is significant disruption to come. By acquiring a deep understanding of how the U.K. employment market is developing, its stakeholders can create strategies to get ahead of the curve and capitalize on the opportunities presented by automation.

Volume XIX, Issue 7 | January 26, 2017 | By: Tom Diplock, Jeremy Wheatland Potential responses to the impact of disruptive technology Strategic choices regarding whether to monitor or develop technology in-house

Disruptive technologies are transforming the industrial sector. In this Executive Insights, L.E.K. partners Tom Diplock and Jeremy Wheatland examine how industrial business are responding to disruptive technologies and explain how to make the right strategic choices in order to turn the arrival of new technology into an opportunity.

Volume XIX, Issue 4 | January 23, 2017 | By: John Goddard, Aubry Pierre

Never before has it been so challenging to be a CEO. The high turnover rate among CEOs clearly indicates the need for a new type of leader who is capable of managing new critical tensions, as well as the traditional responsibilities of the corner office. This Executive Insights explores 5 strategic tensions and explains what it takes to overcome the barriers to success.

Volume XIX, Issue 2 | January 13, 2017 | By: David Danon-Boileau, Frédéric Dessertine, Maxime Julian New residential build requirements in France (average 2015-20) Evolution of housing construction starts by type in France (1998-2015) Household confidence in France (1976-2016) Property developers’ sentiment (1991-2016) Housing permits are peaking on a last 12 months basis Senior service-integrated housing (2015)

In this Executive Insights Paris partners David Danon-Boileau, Frédéric Dessertine and Maxime Julian explore the numerous investment and growth opportunities on offer in the french residential construction sector and identify four winning strategies that will enable companies to thrive.

Volume XVIII, Issue 50 | December 23, 2016 | By: Frédéric Dessertine, David Danon-Boileau, Maxime Julian Ranking of distribution channel selection, by contractor specialty - France France contractors’ purchases by channel (residential and commercial) France residential vs commercial contractor price premium by product attribute (2016) Factors influencing use of website as a purchasing channel - France

The horizon is brightening for the building industry, according to a survey of 300 building contractors across France, Germany and the U.K. conducted by L.E.K. Consulting in Spring 2016. In this Executive Insights Frédéric Dessertine, David Danon-Boileau and Maxime Julian examine the results of the survey and discuss the implications for building contractors in France.

Volume XVIII, Issue 48 | December 21, 2016 | By: John Goddard, Andrew Allum

Passenger demand forecasting plays a central part in building a business case for a major transport infrastructure project such as a high-speed rail line. In this Executive Insights, L.E.K. Consulting applies a commercial and data-driven approach to create a view of passenger demand based on traveler behavior and preferences, population trends, economic growth forecasts and cost base constraints.

Volume XVIII, Issue 45 | November 28, 2016 | By: Clare Chatfield, Larry Verge Figure 1  What was the origin (threat actor / source) of the breach? Figure 2  Impact of 11 factors on the per capita cost of data breach

Cybersecurity is a key concern today for businesses around the globe. There is no shortage of advice, however most focus is on IT risk, with little attention paid to the broader, strategic causes and implications. In this Executive Insights, L.E.K. Consulting partners Clare Chatfield and Larry Verge recommend a holistic approach to cybersecurity that addresses both the technology and people-based risks.

Volume XVIII, Issue 38 | October 13, 2016 | By: Michael Connerty

Becoming an outcome-centric organization is arguably one of the most important strategic decisions a company can make. In this Executive Insights, we focus on how foodservice equipment manufacturers can work strategically across marketing and sales, product development, pricing, and after-sales support teams to meet the needs of their customers in becoming outcome-centric.

Volume XVIII, Issue 31 | September 28, 2016 | By: Karin von Kienlin, Darren Perry Smart homes applications map (selected examples) Routes to market for smart BPMs

The world’s leading technology companies, telecoms providers, utilities and device makers are all investing heavily in smart homes. However there has been little activity from building product manufacturers (BPMs) to date. In this Executive Insights, Karin von Kienlin and Darren Perry explain how BPMs can exploit the opportunities available by adopting three key steps.