Publications

  • What the US Election Means for Business and the Economy

    November 09, 2016

    Bain’s Macro Trends group offers a post-election analysis of the business environment after the US election.

  • Is Business Really Just Like Sports?

    November 01, 2016 | Forbes | Media mention

    You can bet that some motivational speaker—or maybe your boss—will soon go into a lengthy discourse about how business is just like sports. There’s competition. There’s teamwork. Let’s get out there and give it our all! But most employees feel a sharp disconnect with this analogy-- in sports it's

  • LBO Focus: Tech Boom Helps Sponsors Recover M&A Ground in Third Quarter

    October 31, 2016 | Private Equity | WSJ Pro | Media mention

    A recent cluster of large deals made it an unusually good quarter for private equity-backed tech deals—there were 40 deals announced, worth a combined $21.17 billion—and is a reflection of private-equity firms’ growing comfort in committing large sums to the sector, said Hugh MacArthur, a partner

  • Rewards and Recognition in the Net Promoter System®

    October 27, 2016 | Bain Brief

    By building a culture around intrinsic motivation, your company can truly stand out as a customer leader.

  • 2016 Holiday Outlook: 'Tis the Season to Start Shopping

    October 23, 2016 | Bain Brief

    Bain forecasts US retail sales to grow 3.5% to 3.9% this holiday season amid middling macroeconomic trends and moderate sales momentum heading into the holidays.

  • Unearthing the Hidden Treasure of Procurement

    October 12, 2016 | Bain Brief

    Companies that think differently about procurement strike a rich vein of savings.

  • Reinvigorate Cross-Selling

    October 12, 2016 | Bain Brief

    Advances in customer data, digital marketing and the customer experience have opened new opportunities to grow share of wallet.

  • IT: Digital's Achilles' Heel

    October 11, 2016 | Bain Brief

    Most companies have taken the first steps toward doing business in a digital world. They’ve set up flashy websites, built mobile apps, opened e-commerce stores and taken to social media.

  • Why this is the year of the credit card sign-up bonus

    September 29, 2016 | Customer Strategy & Marketing, Financial Services | MarketWatch | Media mention

    Credit-card growth has slowed in recent years as debit cards and mobile payments have risen in popularity, which may be behind the rise in large sign-up bonuses for credit cards, said Rob Markey, the global leader of Bain & Company's Customer Strategy & Marketing practice.

  • Finding the Path to Category Leadership in Oncology

    September 28, 2016 | Bain Brief

    Combination therapies are poised to transform markets over the next decade. Companies that use a category leadership approach and focus on one or two oncology fields will outperform rivals.