Special Reports

As an extension of our Executive Insights series, L.E.K. Consulting is proud to introduce a new thought leadership channel called Special Reports. Written by some of the industry’s most knowledgeable leaders across the globe, these reports bring deeper analysis to subjects of global and consumer importance.

By: Ray Fujii, Patrick Branch

Many pharmaceutical companies operating in Japan face difficult financial challenges. In this Special Report, L.E.K. Consulting proposes a range of tactics and strategies to help pharmaceutical companies in Japan navigate near-term profitability pressures; position themselves for efficient, profitable growth over the longer term; and potentially forge a path to market leadership.

How to Develop Strong Business Leaders: Lessons From UNIQLO
By: Junsuke Usami

Although the required characteristics for Japanese management leaders have been dramatically changing, many corporations have been unable to adapt to these changes. In this special report, L.E.K. Partner Junsuke Usami discusses the essence of UNIQLO’s management training and how Japanese companies should consider training their managers.

By: Ray Fujii, Patrick Branch, John Gill

Japan’s drug pricing system is changing. The market is moving away from a system that has historically provided relatively favorable pricing and access to one that is likely to be more value-oriented and restrictive. The lack of a cohesive vision directing this change is creating growing uncertainty among companies doing business in the country.

New Imperatives: Why Global Industrials Must Shift Strategic Priorities
By: John Goddard, Chris Kenney, Carol Wingard

How should CEOs of global industrials respond to critical challenges rooted in slow growth, disruptive technologies, unforeseen competitive threats and the impact of the Industrial Internet of Things? New special report provides a comprehensive analysis.

By: Justin Wang, Helen Chen

L.E.K. Consulting was appointed by Shanghai’s Municipal Commission of Commerce to compile a guide for Chinese companies looking to cooperate with PE firms during outbound investment – China Funding the World, An International Private Equity Investment Guide for Chinese Companies.


Contactless Payments and Open-Loop Ticketing
By: Mark Streeting

With only 10 or more contactless ticketing projects delivered around the world, there are many opportunities to bring transit payment services into the 21st century, help transformation smart cities and improve citizen mobility. There is strong evidence suggesting that the application of payment technology to ticketing and fare collection will improve customer experience, create efficiencies and reduce operating costs. This special report from L.E.K. and Mastercard quantifies the economics and assesses the benefits and costs of implementing open-loop payment systems for transit.

How The China Tourism Boom Is Transforming Australia
By: Simon Barrett

The China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) entered into force in December 2015 represents a significant milestone in the economic relationship between China and Australia – China is now Australia’s largest trading partner accounting for 28% of Australian exports and 17% of Australian imports. In 2015 Australia also welcomed over 1 million Chinese travelers. With this number set to double by 2025 the economic potential of Chinese Tourism for Australia is significant. This special report from L.E.K. quantifies the current and future potential economic impact of Chinese travelers to Australia and looks at what Australian tourism and related industries must do to remain competitive.

On The Buses: The Benefits of Private Sector Involvement in the Delivery of Bu
By: Simon Barrett, Monica Ryu, Tourism and Transport Forum

In partnership with the Tourism and Transport Forum (TTF) of Australia, this L.E.K. report highlights a potential $1B financial gain for the government and the key factors required to successfully franchise Australia's bus transport network.

From China to the World: A Guide for Biopharmaceutical Investments
By: Helen Chen, Justin Wang, L.E.K. Consulting

Commissioned by the Shanghai Municipal Commission of Commerce, L.E.K. discusses the status of Chinese biopharma enterprises' overseas investment through a comprehensive analysis (available in Chinese only).


TTF & L.E.K. Consulting Public Transport Barometer
By: Simon Barrett, Tourism and Transport Forum

Public transport patronage and performance trends across Australian cities are not well documented or easy to compare. L.E.K partnered with the Tourism and Transport Forum (TTF) to develop a biannual publication featuring consistent time-series data on patronage and operational performance trends for the five largest Australian cities (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth) across each public transport mode (rail, light rail, bus ferry).