Executive Insights

Volume XIX, Issue 56 | August 31, 2017 | By: Simon Horan, Tim McGrath Residential solar PV annual installations Battery payback period Payback — adding a battery to an existing solar PV system

Australia is currently in the midst of an energy system crisis. Energy prices are growing for consumers and businesses at the same time market operators are contending with old infrastructure, demand fluctuations from extreme weather conditions and looming agreed emission targets. As governments and market operators think about the National Energy Market (NEM) and future policy, they must consider how their settings affect market development – both intended and unintended.

Volume XIX, Issue 54 | August 24, 2017 | By: Clare Chatfield, Jean-Christophe Coulot Average cost of lithium-ion batteries (2010-20e)

Energy storage is high on executive agendas, but beyond all the hype what is the reality? In this Executive Insights, Clare Chatfield and Jean-Christophe Coulot set out five key considerations for use as a tool to create a successful business in the energy storage sector.

Investment Spotlight | May 25, 2017 | By: Matt Korsch, Eric Navales U.S. quarterly oil productivity* (2008-2017E) North American key shale players drilling break-even prices (2013-2016) Getting ready for a crude comeback

A confluence of factors, including rising global demand and recently announced production cutbacks by OPEC, is expected to provide a tailwind for the currently rebounding oil and gas industry. In this Investment Spotlight, we explain how the market’s current pace of recovery points to potentially attractive growth opportunities for well-positioned companies.

Volume XVIII, Issue 30 | August 9, 2016 | By: Peter Smith L.E.K.'s Seven Step Dynamic Performance Management Process Metrics that Reflect How the Business Really Works Economic Framework to Model Future Cash Flows Critical KPI Identification KPI Prioritization Matrix Data Capture Process and New Supporting Technologies

There are only a few KPIs which have a large influence on profitability – but defining and understanding how they interact with each other can be difficult. L.E.K. has developed a Dynamic Performance Management tool which can help businesses to address this problem and improve profitability by more than 30%.

Volume XVIII, Issue 20 | June 3, 2016 | By: Peter Debenham, Jeremy Wheatland Factors influencing the future oil prices Workforce capability sustainment strategy Cross-functional improvement levers of an enhanced sourcing strategy

It may not feel like it, but amid the continuing slump in the price of oil, companies servicing the oil and gas industry have a golden opportunity to enhance their competitive position and maximize their advantage when the price recovery occurs. In this Executive Insights, L.E.K. presents a three-part strategy to address both the challenges and the opportunities of a world in which lower oil prices are the norm.

Volume XVIII, Issue 3 | February 26, 2016 | By: John Goddard, Aubry Pierre Annual CEO turnover rate and average departing CEO tenure Develop a clear strategy and activation plan

For most leaders, the step up to the CEO position is challenging. It evokes a wide array of emotions from excitement to apprehension. Having advised many new CEOs, we have developed deep insight into what makes a successful CEO. In this Executive Insights, we set out four critical actions to improve a new CEO’s chances of success.

Investment Spotlight 3 | January 27, 2016 | By: Chris Kenney WTI Oil Breakeven Price by U.S. Basin (2013-15) Drilled but Uncompleted Well Inventory by U.S. Basin (2013-15)

While the dynamics affecting oil and gas pricing are not likely to change in the near term, and with continued downward price pressure exerted on this sector, L.E.K. has outlined a few large themes worthy of a look for those interested in investing in this space.

Volume XVII, Issue 3 | February 10, 2015 | By: Manas Tamotia, Simon Horan Examples of non-tariff demand-side initiatives Examples of non-tariff demand-side initiatives Driving faster uptake of demand response in ASEAN

In this Executive Insights, L.E.K. Partners Manas Tamotia and Simon Horan examine "demand management," a strategy widely used in the United States, Canada and Australia that involves managing demand at peak times by putting in place incentives that change behavior. Implementing demand response strategies could be a valuable tool to help Southeast Asia utility retailers better manage their rapidly growing energy needs.

Volume XVI, Issue 44 | December 15, 2014 | By: Clare Chatfield Water Stress Index (2012) Drivers of Water Sustainability Direct vs Indirect Cost of Water

Factoring water sustainability into a company's operations is a difficult and complex task, and reliable information on water's economic value is hard to obtain. In this Executive Insights, L.E.K. Consulting's Clare Chatfield explains how businesses can assess water sustainability costs by rigorously assessing and mapping risks in order to determine the real impact of water on their business.

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.