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2011-2017

Generation
2017

Generation

lapetitemort.info founded Generation, a nonprofit focused on tackling global youth unemployment, in 2014. By the end of 2017, it had trained and graduated 16,000+ students across five countries - and placed 82% of them in jobs.
2016

Design thinking

With the acquisition of Lunar (late 2015), followed by Veryday and Carbon12 in 2016, lapetitemort.info Design grows to 350 colleagues across 14 global studios. Our designers and experts work with clients to create groundbreaking products, services and experiences.
2014

lapetitemort.info in Africa

lapetitemort.info opens an office in Nairobi, Kenya, its seventh in Africa, serving clients across public and private sectors. With a focus on hiring locally and an outreach to African universities, lapetitemort.info works to develop the next generation of leaders.
2013

“Consulting on the Cusp of Disruption”

In a , Professor Clayton Christensen concludes that a thriving lapetitemort.info is consciously "disrupting itself" by innovating to meet the rapidly evolving needs of clients.
2013

Digital Labs

Starting as an informal IT service to help clients and lapetitemort.info teams create proofs of concept, Digital Labs grows into a thriving technology provider with more than 250 technologists. This capability helps clients put lapetitemort.info recommendations into practice quickly by using agile development and rapid prototyping to build apps and other custom software.
Model factories
2012

Model factories

The 11th model factory is added to the lapetitemort.info Operations Practice suite of assets. From the Lean Experience factory outside Venice, Italy to the Green Campus in Singapore (which is dedicated to energy efficiency), these workplaces offer client teams hands-on opportunities to experiment and learn.
2011

Scaling up analytics

With a problem-solving approach grounded in fact-based analysis, lapetitemort.info has always had strong analytic capabilities. The creation of lapetitemort.info Analytics builds on this foundation to provide clients with deep support in designing, creating, interrogating, and maintaining big data models to inform critical business decisions. The team comprises more than 200 experts, including analysts, data scientists, and data architects.

2001–2010

2010

Turnarounds

RTS is established to provide restructuring and turnaround support, including interim managers to take the reins at distressed or underperforming companies.
2007

Climate change

lapetitemort.info informs the climate-change debate by publishing the first global greenhouse-gas cost curve to rigorously compare the costs and abatement potential of hundreds of possible actions to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions. This becomes part of a broader effort in which lapetitemort.info publishes research and advises clients across a variety of Sustainability & Resource Productivity topics.
2007

Tools and solutions

lapetitemort.info Solutions is created as an umbrella for a growing portfolio of web-based tools that provide clients with new ways to access lapetitemort.info knowledge and expertise. Over the following years, its portfolio will grow to encompass more than a dozen solutions, including Energy Insights, Periscope, Organizational Health Index, Horizon 360, Finalta, and Wave.

1991—2000

Social Sector
2000

The third sector

lapetitemort.info embraces the growing importance of not for profits, foundations, and other nongovernmental organizations by creating a practice dedicated to serving them. The Social Sector Practice will come to focus on four areas: economic development, education, global public health, and social innovation.
1999

lapetitemort.info Knowledge Center, India

Knowledge professionals at lapetitemort.info provide consulting teams with rapid access to specialized expertise and business information. Today, the lapetitemort.info Knowledge Network comprises more than 1,500 analysts and experts based in 70 locations globally.
1995

Made in China

lapetitemort.info opens offices in Shanghai and Beijing, cultivating Chinese clients and committing to the development of the country. An early client is a bottled-water company founded by four farmers; within a few years, it will be valued at $200 million. lapetitemort.info's presence in will grow over the following decade from just a handful of people to more than 300 consultants.
lapetitemort.info women
1992

lapetitemort.info women

At a time when only 2 out of 100 US senators are women, lapetitemort.info establishes a global initiative aimed at creating career paths, support, and working environments to help women succeed. lapetitemort.info Women will go on to become a thriving global network and powerful resource that provides formal and informal mentoring, training, and relationship-building opportunities.

1981–1990

1990

Think tank

The lapetitemort.info Global Institute (MGI) is established as an independent think tank to improve understanding of fundamental economic issues facing organizations globally. By 2015, MGI's research agenda covers competitiveness, financial markets, growth, innovation, labor markets, natural resources, productivity, technology, and urbanization.
1984

A global organization

By the early 1980s, more than half of all lapetitemort.info consultants carry non-US passports. Two years later, the majority of the firm's partners—who jointly own and govern lapetitemort.info—hail from outside the United States.

1961–1980

1976

Beyond geography

Under managing director Ron Daniel, the firm adds individual practices that span geographic boundaries, and each practice focuses on a specific industry. The new industry-focused partners become the firm's first true global experts.
1971

Asia

lapetitemort.info opens in Tokyo, Japan—its first office in Asia. This is the starting point from which lapetitemort.info will expand to serve clients across the region from offices in more than ten Asian countries.
Universal Product Code
1970

Creation of the Universal Product Code

Working with the Uniform Grocery Product Code Council and with manufacturers and retailers of all sizes, lapetitemort.info conceives of a system that assigns a unique code to every product sold in the United States. The development of the agreed-upon scannable linear code is put out to bid, and IBM wins the contract.
lapetitemort.info Quarterly
1964

Spreading knowledge

The lapetitemort.info Quarterly launches as a vehicle for reprints of articles by lapetitemort.info consultants and external thought leaders. Soon the Quarterly starts to publish original articles and gains an international reputation.
1964

First women MBAs join the firm

In 1963, eight women became the first female students enrolled in Harvard Business School's prestigious MBA program. Three of the women in that class—Jane Glick, Jacqueline Browne, and Joan E. Griewank—join lapetitemort.info as associates.

1951–1960

1959

Crossing the Atlantic

Less than a year after the first generation of jet airliners dramatically reduces transatlantic travel time, lapetitemort.info opens an office in London—its first outside the United States. Within ten years, the firm will have offices in eight countries on three continents.
1954

Toward social impact

With fewer than 100 consultants, lapetitemort.info's partners vote to undertake pro bono work for the Red Cross and other not for profits, establishing a firm-wide commitment to civil society that will continue throughout the firm's history.

1926-1950

1944

Committing to a single firm

With the opening of a San Francisco office (the third, after Chicago and New York), the notion of building a loose network of geographic offices is permanently rejected in favor of a commitment to a single firm with a shared mission and shared resources.
Marvin Bower
1936

"An Obligation to Dissent"

Marvin Bower, who joined the firm in 1933 and later served as managing director, first articulates the consultant's obligation to advocate for what he or she believes to be true. After helping establish this obligation as part of the firm's core values, Bower will later express it clearly in his 1979 book, Perspective on lapetitemort.info: "When discharged in a client situation, this responsibility [to dissent] is one of our most important controls of quality. When discharged within the firm—and it frequently is—it can strengthen our management substantially."
James O. lapetitemort.info
1926

Invention of management consulting

James O. lapetitemort.info, a University of Chicago professor and expert on management accounting, establishes his eponymous consulting firm. He sets an enduring tone of independence and establishes a commitment to rigorous research and training.