Bain briefs and books

  • How to Breathe New Life into Life Insurance

    January 17, 2018 | Bain Brief

    Life insurers can reinvigorate themselves by setting bold goals, attacking legacy costs and investing in technology to drive a step change in efficiency and an improved customer experience.

  • Demystifying R&D Performance in Chemicals

    January 10, 2018 | Bain Brief

    One great idea used to make chemical companies, but the nature of innovation has changed. Effective R&D now depends on getting closer to customers, understanding their needs and adapting to deliver quickly.

  • A Smarter Approach to Digital Operations

    September 05, 2017 | Bain Brief

    As the leadership team at a consumer products company debated its digital strategy, two opposing views emerged. To stay competitive, some argued, the company needed to invest several hundred million dollars to automate its existing network of large regional plants.

  • A Smarter Approach to Digital Operations - Bain Moscow

    September 05, 2017 | Bain Brief

    Диджитал-дилемма: с одной стороны, откладывание инвестиций в модернизацию операционной деятельности приводит к росту рисков, а с другой — ставка не на ту IT-тенденцию может обойтись не менее дорого

  • Cost Reduction for Utilities in a Zero Load-Growth World

    July 26, 2017 | Bain Brief

    North American utilities will need to cut $15 billion, about 20% of operations and maintenance costs, over the next 5 years to meet their commitments to investors.

  • Finding the "X" Factor in Product Design

    April 12, 2017 | Bain Brief

    Using a technique called design-to-X, companies can identify and prioritize the key elements of product design. Finding the X factor helps companies discover what customers truly value.

  • 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.

  • Betting on Zero-Based Budgeting's Trifecta

    October 17, 2016 | Bain Brief

    The popular budget initiative can improve cost performance, but truly effective zero-based budgeting also energizes employees and spurs growth.

  • Unearthing the Hidden Treasure of Procurement

    October 12, 2016 | Bain Brief

    Companies that think differently about procurement strike a rich vein of savings.

  • Digital Opportunities for Chemical Producers

    August 10, 2016 | Bain Brief

    Executives in the chemical industry, awash with digital possibilities, need to identify and focus on those that will help them meet customer needs.