• How petrochemical companies can thrive in the NGL boom

    November 21, 2013 | Chemicals | Bain Brief

    Petrochemical executives in North America and Europe have widely different perspectives on the shale boom, with Americans benefiting early from access to cheap feedstock, while Europeans must reposition themselves and their assets to remain competitive. Companies in both regions could reap huge

  • How consumer goods companies can win in low-growth Western Europe

    November 19, 2013 | Consumer Products |

    Consumer goods companies might be tempted to de-prioritize Western Europe in their corporate agendas in favor of more dynamic regions. But there are a host of reasons why Western Europe remains important for multinational companies.

  • Freeing Europe's small businesses

    November 19, 2013 | Financial Services | International New York Times

    Europe’s main economic engine—small and medium-size businesses—desperately needs attention if the Continent’s nascent recovery is to gain momentum. To provide a boost, policy makers and the private sector must resolve the systemic problems that impede the flow of information, limit access to

  • In times of change, let decisions be your guide

    November 12, 2013 | Organization |

    During times of significant change, decision making can feel like juggling chainsaws—while blindfolded and balancing on a large ball.

  • Optimism, and caution, as Spain attracts investment

    November 02, 2013 | Banking | The New York Times | Media mention

    In light of recent interest by investors, including Bill Gates, in Spanish businesses, the Bank of Spain has announced the country has climbed out of recession and returned to growth of 0.1 percent in the third quarter.

  • Financial globalization: An IIF panel discussion

    October 28, 2013 | Financial Services | Bain video

    John Ott, a partner on the Global Financial Services practice, discusses the challenges small and medium-sized enterprises face in Europe during a panel discussion at the Institute of International Finance's annual meeting.

  • Good decisions start with getting out of your own way

    October 24, 2013 | Organization |

    Fortunately, psychologists and behavioral economists have identified some of the most common decision-making obstacles. If you’re aware of the traps, you are far less likely to be hobbled by them.

  • Spain jobless rate edges down amid tepid recovery

    October 24, 2013 | Consumer Products | Bloomberg Businessweek | Media mention

    Spain's high unemployment rate decreased marginally over the past quarter from 26.3% to 26%. Economists say it will take years to bring the jobless rate down to a more reasonable percentage. Spain's economic recovery, which is lead by exports, is yet to generate a lot of jobs.

  • What "good" looks like: Creating an operational excellence management system

    October 15, 2013 | Oil and Gas | Bain Brief

    Unlike individuals, companies can’t simply decide one day to act more efficiently. Complex organizations need a systematic approach to improvement. An operational excellence management system is a set of rules that, when implemented with measurable accountability, can guide a company on its journey

  • New report finds coordinated national remedies needed to restore access to finance for struggling small businesses in Europe

    October 11, 2013 | Financial Services | Press release

    A new report by Bain & Company and the Institute of International Finance (IIF) calls for the creation of national taskforces in Europe, working in coordination with the European Commission, to implement a series of tailored proposals aimed at reviving lending and equity to European SMEs, which