Bain briefs and books

  • Insurgency from the Inside

    February 06, 2018 | Bain Brief

    One group of incumbents does have the ability to keep ahead of the upstarts: the companies that have kept a Founder’s Mentality®. They maintain speed and agility, and have avoided becoming bogged down by bureaucratic processes and organizational complexity.

  • Killing Complexity Before Complexity Kills Growth

    April 14, 2017 | Strategy | Bain Brief

    How to restore a Founder’s Mentality, including intolerance for bureaucracy.

  • Killing Complexity Before Complexity Kills Growth - Bain Seoul

    April 14, 2017 | Strategy | Bain Brief

    Why do so many companies lose their way? When companies are just starting out, they have no problem identifying the path before them. The founders know where they’re headed, who their customers are and how they hope to succeed.

  • The Firm of the Future - Bain Santiago

    April 12, 2017 | Bain Brief

    In the world of the firm, something is changing. It’s not that your local bookstore went out of business. Or that your taxi driver now rates you on a 5-point scale. Or that anything can now be outsourced, allowing even the smallest firms to rent capabilities on demand.

  • The Firm of the Future

    April 12, 2017 | Bain Brief

    We’re beginning to see what the next generation of successful companies will look like.

  • What the US Election Means for Business and the Economy

    November 09, 2016

    Bain’s Macro Trends group offers a post-election analysis of the business environment after the US election.

  • Barriers and Pathways to Sustainable Growth: Harnessing the Power of the Founder's Mentality

    July 20, 2016 | Bain report

    Most executives will say that internal obstacles, not external ones, keep their companies from growing profitably. Yet some companies have been able to anticipate and address these challenges.

  • Retail Banks: Manage for Glory or Cash?

    July 14, 2016 | Bain Brief

    Many retail banks have traditionally kept their options open with an "all of the above" approach to preparing for the future. But it's time to make tough strategic choices about how to meet the challenge of insurgent competitors and capture new profit pools.

  • A Strategy for Thriving in Uncertainty

    August 12, 2015 | Bain Brief

    At a time when most global markets are characterized by heavy uncertainty, traditional approaches to strategy—analyzing trends, making forecasts and committing to the "best" course of action—are often too rigid. The most effective teams balance commitment with flexibility, by isolating the

  • Strategy Beyond Scale

    February 11, 2015 | Bain Brief

    Building scale has long been a cornerstone of corporate strategy. But new Bain & Company research demonstrates that companies taking the fullest advantage of leadership economics don't rely on scale alone. The best leadership teams generate the most economic profit by developing superior assets and