Publications

  • Is Your Supply Chain Ready for Brexit?

    February 06, 2017 | Bain Brief

    Companies can limit the negative consequences of a hard or soft Brexit by adopting a different approach to strategy—one that anticipates a number of future scenarios.

  • Good Sales and Operations Planning Is No Longer Good Enough

    April 13, 2016 | Bain Brief

    High-performance S&OP can stop last-minute surprises, eliminate the underlying sources of harmful variability and unlock topline growth.

  • Future of Healthy: Can We Afford Another Five Global Financial Crises?

    February 19, 2016 | World Economic Forum

    Non-communicable diseases such as cancer and diabetes are a silent pandemic of our own making and a real threat not only to human health but to global prosperity.

  • Hook the front line on the performance improvement habit

    May 08, 2013 | Performance Improvement | Bain Brief

    In the service sector, the discretionary effort of employees on the front line is essential for higher operating and financial performance. Companies in service industries are realizing major, sustained improvements by using a High-Velocity Performance System®, which relies on a cycle of learning,

  • Using employee segmentation to bring out the best in your workforce

    August 12, 2011 | Performance Improvement | Bain capability brief

    By grouping employees according to their needs, some companies have begun to tailor everything from terms of employment to incentives for different segments. They’re improving financial performance, customer service and employee satisfaction—and reducing costs.

  • Results Delivery®: Busting three common myths of change management

    January 11, 2011 | Results Delivery® | Bain Brief

    The best of intentions are never enough. Your goal is to lose 10 pounds and get fit. You invest in the latest home gym device and install it in your basement. And there it sits—while you lounge on the couch, wondering why you’re not getting into better shape.

  • Hugh H. MacArthur | Liquidity challenge for PE in India

    March 30, 2010 | Private Equity | LiveMint.com | Media mention

    Bain & Company Private Equity Partner Hugh H. MacArthur claims that the private equity industry is currently witnessing a global uptick in PE deal activity that could help remedy the market slowdown from the past 18 months.

  • Six Sigma at your service

    May 31, 2009 | Performance Improvement | Business Strategy Review

    Lean Six Sigma is the bedrock of quality initiatives in manufacturing companies. Can this approach be used in service companies? It already is, and Peter Guarraia, Gib Carey, Alistair Corbett and Klaus Neuhaus show how techniques long used by Motorola and Toyota can be used in your company.

  • Complexity may be inevitable but it must be managed

    April 27, 2009 | Performance Improvement | The Times

    Downturns reveal a company's weaknesses. An organisation that seemed nimble and focused during a period of expansion may be sluggish and ineffectual when demand drops. One cause for this is complexity, often a consequence of success. As companies grow, typically they add complexity.

  • 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