Publications

  • Boards look to boost IT, data security oversight

    March 11, 2014 | Technology | Compliance Weekly | Media mention

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  • Beyond forecasting: Energy markets in a time of unprecedented uncertainty

    March 10, 2014 | Journal of Petroleum Technology

    Energy companies can stay ahead of the competition by using a systematic approach for identifying plausible scenarios and defining the leading indicators that would allow them to monitor the market's evolution toward them.

  • Time for senior managers to get serious about cybersecurity

    March 06, 2014 | IT | WSJ.com CIO Journal

    If there is a silver lining to the recent rash of high-profile security breaches, it may be this: Senior executives and boards can no longer just pass ownership of data security to the CIO and hope it will go away. The consequences are too severe—and too public—for them to ignore.

  • Why cybersecurity is a strategic issue

    February 12, 2014 | IT | Bain Brief

    Cybersecurity was once an issue that could be delegated to the IT department. But today the ramifications of an attack can threaten the viability of the organization. Even so, hardly a week goes by without news of a major breach at a bank, retailer, security agency or other prominent organization.

  • IT in M&A: Increasing the odds of a successful integration

    February 12, 2014 | IT | Bain Brief

    In every merger or acquisition, the business wants to combine the organization quickly while the IT department wants to invest the time to integrate the company's systems effectively. Both need to happen, but in successful IT integrations, executives work quickly to determine which decisions are

  • 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

  • Integrated planning: The key to operational excellence upstream

    December 11, 2013 | Oil and Gas | Oil & Gas Financial Journal

    Integrated planning, the detailed scheduling that coordinates a region or site's activities with the organization’s broader strategic goals, is an important strategy for improving efficiency.

  • U.S. school systems miss the mark for developing talent into leadership roles

    December 09, 2013 | Social and Public Sector | Press release

    Survey of More Than 4,000 Principals, Assistant Principals, Teacher Leaders and Teachers Finds that the Most Talented People in their Districts are not in School Leadership Positions

  • Bain & Company names Erika Serow Retail Practice head for North America

    November 25, 2013 | Retail | Press release

    Bain & Company, the global business and management consultancy, has named Erika Serow as its new Retail Practice head for the Americas region, effective January 1, 2014.

  • Beyond forecasting: Find your future in an uncertain energy market

    November 13, 2013 | Oil and Gas | Bain Brief

    Energy markets change rapidly, and it’s difficult to predict the future. But companies can develop the capabilities to identify signposts that tell where they are headed. By describing future scenarios and then extrapolating the indicators that reveal which ones are most likely, executives can gain