Bain briefs and books

  • The Zero-Based Cost Revolution in Retail

    June 21, 2018 | Bain Brief

    These are particularly tricky times for traditional retailers. Web, mobile and even voice shopping options have upended the rules of engagement, intensified competition and boosted customer expectations. Customers now expect to move seamlessly between digital and physical channels.

  • Soul Searching: True Transformations Start Within

    June 14, 2018 | Bain Brief

    Going around the table, each member of the executive committee agreed that the firm's plan to transform its multibillion-dollar retail business was ready to roll. It was make or break, and the organization's people would determine the difference.

  • Why Zero-Based Budgeting Goes Wrong

    June 13, 2018 | Bain Brief

    Few management tools can match zero-based budgeting (ZBB) as a way to overhaul the practices that keep a company from reaching its full potential. That is why so many business leaders see it as a no-brainer to manage costs better and drive strategic thinking at all levels of the organization.

  • What's Behind the Surge in Retail Healthcare Deals?

    May 09, 2018 | Bain Brief

    Strong growth and high margins are attracting private equity and corporate investors.

  • Effecting Cultural Change through Zero-based Budgeting

    May 07, 2018 | Managing Change Blog

    Zero-based budgeting can counteract common misperceptions and lead to positive changes in the organizational mindset.

  • Global Healthcare Private Equity and Corporate M&A Report 2018

    April 18, 2018 | Bain report

    Powered by rising demand worldwide for medical services, healthcare private equity activity soared in 2017.

  • Are Investors Mispricing US Bank Risks?

    March 21, 2018 | Bain Brief

    The equity market is not making much distinction between weaker and healthier banks.

  • Banking's Amazon Moment

    March 05, 2018 | Bain Brief

    The e-commerce juggernaut may be taking the plunge into banking, but it is not invulnerable. Banks that focus on customers over products, on fast test-and-learn over business cases, can thrive.

  • Bain & Company's Global Private Equity Report 2018

    February 26, 2018 | Bain report

    In Bain & Company's 2018 Global Private Equity Report, we highlight how the best firms are building capabilities to thrive in this tough new environment.

  • In Chemicals, Great Strategy Beats Great Markets

    November 29, 2017 | Bain Brief

    Investing to outperform in core markets proves more rewarding than chasing after exciting new ones.