Publications

  • In Chemicals, Great Strategy Beats Great Markets

    November 29, 2017 | Bain Brief

    Investing to outperform in core markets proves more rewarding than chasing after exciting new ones.

  • Reigniting Growth in Industrials

    June 13, 2017 | Bain Brief

    Complexity is the enemy of growth and a particular challenge for industrial companies, whose growth is highly tied to GDP. The experiences of two industrial companies show how to conquer complexity and restore the focus and agility of the Founder’s Mentality.

  • Balancing Cohesion and Volatility in a Chemical Portfolio

    April 06, 2017 | Forbes.com

    Regular portfolio reviews can reduce exposure to volatility and uncover opportunities across the business.

  • How Top Chemical Companies Navigate Portfolio Decisions

    February 22, 2017 | Bain Brief

    Bain research shows that at top chemical companies, greater portfolio coherence leads to higher financial returns.

  • Three Ways That Digital Technology Can Help Chemical Producers

    February 08, 2017 | Forbes.com

    Chemical companies are awash with data that can help them understand their customers, improve operations and create new products and services.

  • Understanding Value: How to Capture the Pricing Opportunity in Chemicals

    May 18, 2016 | Bain Brief

    Pricing is an underdeveloped opportunity in the chemicals industry. Most chemical companies can build better pricing capabilities within 12 to 18 months, but it requires a focused effort with ongoing support from senior leadership.

  • Navigating Oil Price Volatility in the Chemical Industry

    January 01, 2016 | Industrial Goods & Services | American Institute of Chemical Engineers

    Sudden shifts have served as an acute reminder of the need for chemicals companies to improve their ability to manage their businesses through an increasingly volatile price environment.

  • Improving Returns in Capital-Intensive Industries

    October 06, 2015 | Industrial Goods & Services | Bain Brief

    Bain partners and directors François Rousseau and Luca Caruso discuss the four steps to increase return on capital—even in the toughest markets.

  • Diamonds: Timeless Gems in a Changing World

    December 09, 2014 | Bain report

    The diamond market's rollercoaster trajectory of recent years has moderated, and it's now on a path of steady, sustainable growth. However, industry executives will likely face several challenges.

  • Reintegration innovation?

    August 02, 2013 | Utilities & Alternative Energy | Utility Week

    Integration can offer significant benefits: a broader customer base, less exposure to market volatility and access to shifting profit pools. However, this is not always the case. Analysis by Bain & Company shows that the benefits of vertical integration are frequently less than executives think.