Publications

  • Full Potential Oil Refining in a Challenging Environment

    September 21, 2016 | Bain Brief

    Refiners have enjoyed comparatively good times as the rest of the oil industry suffered, but they should prepare for a more competitive season ahead.

  • How Brazil Can Raise the Value of Its Chemical Industry

    January 27, 2016 | Chemicals | Forbes.com

    Brazil’s chemical industry has grown significantly over the past 15 years, but an increasing portion of growth is due to imports—an alarming trend for chemical companies and the businesses that depend on them.

  • Developing a National Chemicals Strategy for Brazil

    October 29, 2015 | Chemicals | Bain Brief

    A review of the most promising segments shows where Brazil could focus efforts to raise the value of its chemicals output.

  • Global Digital Insurance Benchmarking Report 2015

    July 15, 2015 | Bain report

    Bain’s new benchmark survey of 70 property and casualty insurers and life insurers worldwide finds that four pathways can help companies realize digital success.

  • Growing prosperity: An Executive Summary

    November 05, 2014 | Bain Brief

    What does it take to get important technological advances in the hands of the world's smallholder farmers?

  • Biofuels: From Boom to Bust?

    September 17, 2014 | Bain Brief

    Government subsidies around the world spurred dramatic growth in ethanol consumption between 2003 and 2010. Why then is the industry in crisis today? A range of problems has stunted growth, including rising production costs, inadequate infrastructure, wavering government support and waning consumer

  • 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,

  • Taking a new consumer goods category from zero to 100 in no time flat

    November 29, 2012 | Consumer Products | Bain Brief

    The race to create categories and subcategories may be your best option in emerging markets. Here’s how winners set the pace.

  • The P&C customer rediscovered through analytics

    September 13, 2012 | Financial Services | Bain Brief

    Leading companies typically apply analytics to yield fresh insights and inform better business decisions in five areas: risk selection and pricing, customer loyalty and advocacy, claims management, business cycle management and capital efficiency.

  • Five keys to IT program success

    June 22, 2012 | Information Technology | Bain industry brief

    Despite the huge sums spent on them, 60% of IT projects fail to meet their goals. Achieving the promised benefits of these investments starts with agreeing that IT really is the right solution to the business need. If it is, then success depends on proper design and thoughtful efforts to make sure