Talk:Arthur D. Little

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Translation[edit]

French and German pages are quite poor. Looks like more of the English material could be usefully translated.


NPOV: Article an Example of Company Editing its Own Page

This page has clearly been edited and modified by current Arthur D. Little employees.

Cyoung makes an important point about the bankruptcy of ADL and its demise. While I wish the company that now calls itself (with reason, since it bought the name) ADL all success. The company founded by Dr. Little that established the reputation of ADL ceased to exist in 2002. The new ADL is not a continuation of that entity, but rather an entirely new enterprise.


Charles Koch is listed as an ADL alumnus who became a success in business. His web bio makes no mention of this connection and notes that he received his 2nd MS from MIT in 1960 and joined his father's firm, soon to become Koch Industries, in 1961. Charles La Mantia, President of ADL in the 1990s did work at one time for Koch Industries. Could their be some confusion here? —Preceding unsigned comment added by Hermanpeter (talkcontribs) 04:03, 2 November 2007 (UTC)

Headline text[edit]

IT was RATS who bankrupted Arthur D Little The executives who could not get their money out of the private Memorial Drive Trust Schemed and scammed their way into bankruptcy while they all got multi million dollar bonuses for running it into the ground. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 67.90.35.146 (talk) 20:45, 17 March 2008 (UTC)


Article has been updated to mention bankrupcy and current ownership by Altran.--Thuriaux (talk) 15:49, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Corporate Pages Cannot Function as Masked Advertisements[edit]

I'm afraid that this page still reads like an advertisement, and is not NPOV.

Thuriaux, a simple question: are you an employee of Arthur D. Little, Altran, or an affiliated company? If so, then you should play no role whatsoever in editing this page, and any content that you have added is a candidate for deletion.

This article should be far shorter. Comments about ADL being well-regarded, etc. are not encyclopedic. A simpler version would simply explain that ADL is a management consulting company, give a short description of its history, including its bankruptcy, and explain its current status. There is no need for anything more in the Wikipedia context. Cyoung66 (talk) 15:29, 19 September 2008 (UTC)

As there has been no reply to this comment over a sustained period, I will edit the page into something with a genuine NPOV, with a considerable shortening of the material. I'd be grateful if any other editors add a note specifically stating whether they are in any way affiliated with ADL or Altran.Cyoung66 (talk) 17:45, 12 November 2008 (UTC)

Someone edited my comment, and changed my words from an intention to make some edits to the statement that I had already made them. This is not true, and the actions of the person at 80.229.165.4 are inappropriate and unethical. Cyoung66 (talk) 12:09, 21 May 2009 (UTC)

I've updated the material in a more POV form. Would someone else please look through it and highlight the parts that are not acceptable? 80.229.165.4 (talk) 22:11, 12 September 2010 (UTC)

2010 update[edit]

The historical overview makes a useful addition to the site. Maybe we could get some of the old ADLers to add additional material here. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Thuriaux (talkcontribs) 20:32, 13 June 2010 (UTC)

To Hermanpeter[edit]

I'm afraid that what now call itself Arthur D. Little is in some way the same company that officially went bankrupt in 2002 (after all, chapter 11 has been conceived to ensure business continuity, isn't it?). In fact, I think that in the consulting business a company is fundamentally made of a brand/name (that is currently used by ADL), accumulated knowledge(ADL can leverage the knowledge acquired through hundreds of projects performed during the twentieth century), people (when ADL "ceased to exist", as you mentioned, many consultants continued to work for ADL with no difference but a new shareholder - Altran . Some of them is still active. They transferred to youngest people ADL culture, heritage and way of doing). I think that ADL is somehow smaller and more focused on strategic consulting than it actually was over the last century. Nevertheless, it remains the same company and its alumni should help it in succeeding in the marketplace. Thanks —Preceding unsigned comment added by 89.217.37.108 (talk) 16:35, 1 December 2010 (UTC)

Booz & Company Contradiction[edit]

The page for Booz & Company says it is the oldest consulting company in the US, founded in 1914. ADL was founded in 1909. How is Booz & Company the oldest?

Deerekid1 (talk) 14:20, 5 December 2010 (UTC)

Bhopal Disaster Report[edit]

I was surprised to see no mention of the ADL's Bhopal Disaster report here, so I added a brief paragraph with two citations. This was one of ADL's most controversial and most covered investigations. Mvblair (talk) 15:08, 28 February 2013 (UTC)