A report on Arthur D. Little

Arthur D. Little's eponymous founder
The Arthur D. Little Inc. building at 30 Memorial Drive in Cambridge, Massachusetts, near MIT, which opened in 1917.
Entrance to 30 Memorial Drive ADL building

International management consulting firm originally headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, United States, founded in 1886 and formally incorporated in 1909 by Arthur Dehon Little, an MIT chemist who had discovered acetate.

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Arthur Dehon Little

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American chemist and chemical engineer.

American chemist and chemical engineer.

The Arthur D. Little Inc. building at 30 Memorial Drive in Cambridge, Massachusetts, near MIT, which opened in 1917
Entrance to 30 Memorial Drive, the Arthur D. Little Inc. building

He founded the consulting company Arthur D. Little and was instrumental in developing chemical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Synectics

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Problem solving methodology that stimulates thought processes of which the subject may be unaware.

Problem solving methodology that stimulates thought processes of which the subject may be unaware.

This method was developed by George M. Prince (April 5, 1918 – June 9, 2009) and William J.J. Gordon, originating in the Arthur D. Little Invention Design Unit in the 1950s.

Boston Consulting Group

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American global management consulting firm founded in 1963, headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts.

American global management consulting firm founded in 1963, headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts.

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Henderson had been recruited from Arthur D. Little to establish the consulting arm operating as a subsidiary under the name Management and Consulting Division of the Boston Safe Deposit and Trust Company.

William J. J. Gordon

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Inventor and psychologist.

Inventor and psychologist.

He is recognized as the co-creator of a problem solving approach called synectics, which he developed along with George M. Prince while working in the Invention Design Group of Arthur D. Little.

Management consulting

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Practice of selling consulting services to organizations to improve their performance or in any way to assist in achieving any sort of organizational objectives.

Practice of selling consulting services to organizations to improve their performance or in any way to assist in achieving any sort of organizational objectives.

One of the first management consulting firms was Arthur D. Little Inc., founded in 1886 as a partnership, and later incorporated in 1909.

LexisNexis

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Corporation that sells data analytics products and various databases that are accessed through online portals, including portals for computer-assisted legal research , newspaper search, and consumer information.

Corporation that sells data analytics products and various databases that are accessed through online portals, including portals for computer-assisted legal research , newspaper search, and consumer information.

LexisNexis office in Markham, a suburb of Toronto, Ontario, Canada
The old LexisNexis logo

Mead hired the Arthur D. Little consulting firm to study the business possibilities for the Data Central technology.

George M. Prince

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American author and the co-creator of synectics with William J. J. Gordon.

American author and the co-creator of synectics with William J. J. Gordon.

He joined the Arthur D. Little Consulting Company when he heard about the creativity experiments going on there.

TIAX

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Laboratory-based technology development company that takes early stage inventions, and in its labs, transforms them into technology-enabled products ready for spin-out and commercialization.

Laboratory-based technology development company that takes early stage inventions, and in its labs, transforms them into technology-enabled products ready for spin-out and commercialization.

In 2002, Kenan Sahin formed TIAX LLC, which acquired the assets, contracts, and staff of Arthur D. Little's Technology & Innovation business for $16.5 million.

Charles Koch

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American billionaire businessman.

American billionaire businessman.

After college, Koch started work at Arthur D. Little, Inc.

Koch Industries

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American privately held multinational conglomerate corporation based in Wichita, Kansas and is the second-largest privately held company in the United States, after Cargill.

American privately held multinational conglomerate corporation based in Wichita, Kansas and is the second-largest privately held company in the United States, after Cargill.

Charles Koch joined Rock Island in 1961, having started his career at the management consulting firm Arthur D. Little.