Publications

  • Summary of Time, Talent, Energy

    September 28, 2017 | EBSCO Business Book Summaries

    Leaders can enhance their organizations’ productive power and overcome the drag that reduces efficiency by maximizing three essential resources.

  • Why Leading Medtech Companies Are Putting Customers Ahead of Products

    September 07, 2017 | Bain Brief

    The leadership team at a global technology company had to move fast. Its products were losing market share as customers switched to integrated solutions. Worse, clients cited the company’s lack of responsiveness as a main reason for switching.

  • Leaders Who Inspire: A 21st-Century Approach to Developing Your Talent

    June 11, 2014 | Bain Brief

    The ability to inspire is not the innate, intangible, immeasurable leadership skill many workplaces take it for. In fact, it can be developed alongside the traditional performance skills many businesses focus on.

  • Four paths to a focused organization

    December 11, 2013 | Performance Improvement | Bain Brief

    Growth generates complexity in every large organization. But organizational complexity is measurable, and several leading companies have found effective ways of reducing it. Here are four practical steps toward a simpler, nimbler organization

  • Five problems that need more than a technology fix

    January 22, 2013 | Organization | Forbes.com

    It’s tempting to think that a package of software can fix a company that’s not performing at its best. But before you add new systems to your organization, take a step back and consider whether they will truly help reduce complexity—or add to it.

  • Developing human capital

    September 09, 2011 | Organization | Bain Brief

    Eight trillion-dollar macro trends are at work in the global economy. The pursuit by businesses and governments of the macro trends’ growth potential will touch many corners of the globe.

  • Universities turn to consultants to trim budgets

    November 13, 2009 | The New York Times | Media mention

    When Holden Thorp, the chancellor of the University of North Carolina, was looking for ways to cut the university's budget, he did what many executives in private industry do — hired a management consultant.

  • Make your back office an accelerator

    February 28, 2007 | Organization | Harvard Business Review

    When back-office costs spiral and services fail to deliver, the reflex is often to cut support services across the board. A Bain study of 37 companies-in industries from consumer products to financial services-shows that strategically trimming and reconfiguring support functions is smarter than

  • Strategic sourcing: From periphery to the core

    January 31, 2005 | Organization | Harvard Business Review

    As globalization changes the basis of competition, sourcing is moving from the periphery of corporate functions to the core. Always important in terms of costs, sourcing is becoming a strategic opportunity. But few companies are ready for this shift. Outsourcing has grown so sophisticated that even

  • Rip the band-aid off quickly

    January 29, 2002 | Results Delivery® | Strategy & Leadership

    Too often, management teams that face the daunting challenge of corporate transformation don't move far enough, fast enough, or broadly enough to truly reposition their businesses.