Bain briefs and books

  • North American Midstream Strategy in a Time of Uncertainty

    August 23, 2017 | Bain Brief

    As the oil and gas sector rebounds, midstream operators face three trends that create a challenging environment: stranded assets, expiration of favorable contracts and an influx of private equity capital.

  • Energy Management in the Age of Disruptions

    May 24, 2017 | Bain Brief

    Navigating the future energy market requires robust scenario planning and strategic choices to open up new ways of competing.

  • A Customer-Centric Approach to Commercial Excellence

    January 11, 2017 | Bain Brief

    Leading oil, gas and chemical companies are unlocking new value by improving customer experiences and loyalty.

  • 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.

  • Technology, Strategy and People: Becoming a Digital Oil and Gas Company

    May 25, 2016 | Bain Brief

    Whether a leader or fast follower, every oil and gas company will need to develop a strategic plan for how it will use digital technology to gain a competitive advantage over the next three to five years.

  • How Shale Companies Can Transform to Survive

    March 30, 2016 | Bain Brief

    North America’s shale operators have pared back capital expenditures and made deep cuts in their operating costs, but survival through what looks to be a long-term low-price environment will depend on more significant transformation. That journey begins with a clear picture of the fully loaded

  • Beyond Cost Cutting: The Opportunity for Oilfield Services and Equipment Companies

    December 02, 2015 | Bain Brief

    Upstream oilfield service and equipment companies have been among the hardest hit in the energy sector in the price decline since mid-2014. To reposition themselves to survive a long-term low-cost environment, executives are restructuring to reduce costs while optimizing their portfolios.

  • Adopting a More Strategic Approach to Procurement in Oil and Gas

    September 16, 2015 | Bain Brief

    As oil prices dropped, oil & gas procurement teams made all the easy, short-term cuts: asking suppliers for price reductions, clamping down on discretionary spending and deferring capex. Long-term change requires a more strategic approach, building capabilities that enable procurement teams to play

  • What the Recent Oil Price Shock Teaches about Managing Uncertainty

    May 27, 2015 | Bain Brief

    Oil & gas executives can best manage unpredictability and volatility in energy markets by planning detailed scenarios, defining signposts and monitoring leading indicators. This process allows planners to see where markets are headed and adapt their strategies based on identified risks and

  • Operational Excellence: Maintaining Focus in a Time of Oil Price Volatility

    May 27, 2015 | Bain Brief

    As margins tighten oil and gas companies look for ways to cut costs, asking suppliers to reduce their rates and delaying projects. But cutting back on operational excellence activities would be a mistake. Short -term cost cuts may deliver immediate relief, but the wrong cuts could throw off the