Publications

  • Demystifying R&D Performance in Chemicals

    January 10, 2018 | Bain Brief

    One great idea used to make chemical companies, but the nature of innovation has changed. Effective R&D now depends on getting closer to customers, understanding their needs and adapting to deliver quickly.

  • Building Efficient Organizations

    April 13, 2016 | Bain Brief

    Over the next 12 months, thousands of companies will launch initiatives to make their operations more efficient. They will name a leader and a steering committee, build task forces, assemble project plans, set targets—and make the initiative top priority.

  • Beyond Lean: Gaining a Competitive Edge through Sustained Cost Transformation

    October 07, 2015 | Bain Brief

    Many companies endure painful cost-cutting programs only to be disappointed when the savings don’t stick. Sustained cost transformation takes a more strategic approach, identifying poorly deployed resources that leadership teams can reallocate to strengthen and reposition the company. It’s all

  • Cost-Cutting with No Regrets

    August 13, 2014 | Bain Brief

    Businesses have been squeezing more productivity from existing resources, but efforts to contain costs don't have to cause gloom and doom. In the best companies, cost programs spur major improvements in operating effectiveness along financial customer, employee and other metrics.

  • Choreographing a Full Potential Transformation

    April 09, 2014 | Full Potential Transformation | Bain Brief

    Full-potential transformation can boost performance by an order of magnitude and deliver sustained growth. But a clear vision of what the company should become must be supported by the right choreography for change, realistic risk assessment and a management structure that can deliver game-changing

  • Sustained cost reduction for utilities

    June 19, 2013 | Utilities & Alternative Energy | Bain Brief

    The economic outlook for utilities is tightening in developed markets as energy consumption levels off and competition from distributed generation rises. At the same time, their need to update aging infrastructure is growing. To make the numbers work, they will need to cut costs. Here are four

  • Value-chain accountability: Making the numbers add up

    October 31, 2004 | Bain Supply Chain Edge℠ | INSEAD Quarterly

    Boardrooms have replaced barricades as the new front line in the debate over globalisation. Companies, governments and nongovernmental organisations (NGOs) are engaged in ongoing discussions nowadays about the risks and opportunities of global business expansion.

  • Divide and prosper: Unbundling Europe's energy supply

    October 31, 2004 | Utilities & Alternative Energy | Benelux newsletter

    In France's energy market, EDF and Poweo have little in common at first blush. One is the country's largest power utility and serves 40 million companies and households. The other just signed on its ten-thousandth customer in October.

  • Europe's low-cost path to high-performance banking

    October 31, 2004 | Financial Services | INSEAD Quarterly

    How can European banks sustain long-term growth while keeping the costs of expansion under control? Bain & Company's Philippe De Backer, Tim Wright, Cornel Wisskirchen and Scott Tanner explain.

  • Unbundling Distribution and Supply (Decoupler la Distribution et la Fourniture)

    May 31, 2004 | Utilities & Alternative Energy | Bain Brief

    Over the past decade the value chains in both the electricity and gas industries have undergone profound structural changes in most European countries.