Publications

  • 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

  • Why you need to know Hernan Saenz

    October 16, 2013 | D CEO | Media mention

    Hernan Saenz, a managing partner at Bain & Company, is a master of fast-tracking talented colleagues to senior positions. “One of the most exciting parts of my job is to help people to become leaders,” says Saenz.

  • 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

  • 2014 oil and gas industry planning cycle: Getting it right

    September 26, 2013 | Oil and Gas | Bain Brief

    As commercial and national oil and gas companies begin their annual planning cycles in September, they will assess the macro business environment and make careful assumptions about the industry and their companies’ positions in it. Bain & Company offers a critical checklist of 10 key issues,