Publications

  • Is Your Company Actually Set Up to Support Your Strategy?

    November 22, 2017 | HBR.org

    For every company wrestling with evolutions in its strategy, success depends as much on matching the operating model to those evolutions as it does on the soundness of the strategy itself.

  • Five Ways the Best Companies Close the Strategy-Execution Gap

    November 20, 2017 | HBR.org

    Companies can close the strategy-to-performance gap with an agile, test-and-learn approach.

  • Michael Mankins: Time, Talent and Energy

    August 11, 2016 | Bain video

    Bain Partner Michael Mankins discusses how companies can increase productivity and competitiveness by successfully managing these three key resources.

  • Eric Garton: How the Right Operating Models Deliver Value from Mergers and Separations

    June 08, 2015 | Bain video

    Eric Garton, who leads Bain's Organization practice, explains how operating models deliver value from mergers and separations.

  • Adapting your operating model to win customers

    April 10, 2015 | The Business Times (Singapore)

    An operating model that puts customers first defines accountability at every rung of the ladder.

  • When Weak Operating Models Happen to Good Strategy

    April 02, 2015 | Bangkok Post

    When there’s a persistent gap between strategy and execution, the culprit is usually an obsolete or misaligned operating model.

  • How to jumpstart a stalled process

    April 02, 2015 | The Business Times (Singapore)

    When there's a persistent gap between strategy and execution, the culprit is usually an obsolete or misaligned operating model. Individual changes such as adjusting spans and layers may help, but an integrated solution will provide deep-seated, enduring change.

  • Great Strategy, but is Your Operating Model Up to the Task?

    February 19, 2015 | Forbes.com

    When there’s a persistent gap between strategy and execution, the culprit is usually an obsolete or misaligned operating model. Redesigning the operating model may be one of the smartest investments an executive can make.

  • Winning operating models in consumer products

    September 10, 2014 | Bain audio slideshow

    In this brief audio presentation, Bain Partner David Cooper explains how the right operating model can help consumer products companies move faster, focus on the right segments and free up resources to boost growth.

  • Your scarcest resource

    April 15, 2014 | Organization | Harvard Business Review

    Most companies have elaborate procedures for managing capital. They require a compelling business case for any new investment. They set hurdle rates. They delegate authority carefully, prescribing spending limits for each level.