This timely new edition is packed with real-life, international case studies and practical techniques for implementing cost reduction programs.
Drawing on more than 25 years' consultancy experience running over 50 major, one-off cost-reduction projects internationally, Andrew Wileman provides a Cost Management Toolkit full of key ideas and strategies for analysing cost-management, including procurement and management accounts. He also looks at how the leadership team needs to take charge and set the tone on cost. He lays out a set of ideas, approaches, tips and tricks that have worked for him and looks at the sneaky ways cost can be created and the even sneakier, smart ways they can be cut - like getting your customers to do your work for you, or turning cost into revenue.
'A practical and readable book, shot through with appealing empathy for struggling firms. Nuggets of advice come thick and fast, covering customers, suppliers and staff. (His) prose brims with useful tips; dry business theory is handled lightly; personal anecdotes are actually amusing; and each chapter closes with a summary presented in bullet points.' Economist.com
'Wileman's text is irrepressible: jaunty, energetic and all-knowing. Although he is evangelical about managing costs, Mr Wileman remains realistic. He is neither vandal nor sadist. Clients will be grateful for his distinctive blend of candour and can-do.' The Financial Times
Andrew Wileman, a Harvard MBA, is an international consultant who worked for Booz Allen and Hamilton in London and New York, Boston Consulting Group, and OC + C Strategy Consultants where he is a senior partner. He has been CFO of two technology businesses, is the author of Retail Power Play and is a regular columnist on Management Today. Find out more at drivingdowncost.net