'Spend Less, but Grow More' Is Easier Said than Done

Companies struggle to balance cost management with growth plans, according to Deloitte survey; with 'low-hanging fruit' mostly picked, cost reduction becomes tougher


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New York — May 5, 2011 — Deloitte



Omar I. Aguilar

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  • The most frequently cited cost management barrier was "lack of understanding and acceptance of the solution." However, the barriers with the greatest impact on success were more technical in nature, specifically, "a weak business case" and "erosion of savings."
  • The top "lessons learned" from managing costs over the past 24 months emphasize the importance of teamwork and buy-in, realistic goals, effective communication and improved planning.
  • More than 50 percent of respondents expect to continue relying primarily on the cost reduction approaches they have used in the past, despite the fact that such approaches are less and less likely to bear fruit.

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