Publications

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Seizing the onshore opportunity in Brazil

    September 15, 2013 | Bain Operating Model, Oil & Gas | Oilfield Technology

    Huge opportunities will likely open up in Brazil for companies that can bring to life the full potential of onshore gas reserves, conventional and unconventional. Those who focus on overcoming the challenges faced by operators and their supply chains will have a better chance of winning in this new

  • Solving the talent problem: A decision approach

    March 01, 2011 | Organization | Bain Brief

    Finding and keeping the right people-winning the "war for talent"-is a perennial challenge for every organization. Applying a decision lens can help. Once you identify your company's critical decisions, you can focus on ensuring that top performers own those decisions-and continue to make and

  • Embed decision capabilities in your organization

    February 02, 2011 | Organization | Bain Brief

    With effort, any organization can rid itself of internal logjams and get things decided and delivered for a period of time. But most organizations have enormous amounts of inertia and are likely to slide back into the old ways of doing things. If you want decision effectiveness to be more than a

  • Build an organization that decides and delivers

    January 25, 2011 | Organization | Bain Brief

    Some of the most important decisions in business are the seemingly small operating choices made every day by people throughout the company. Getting those decisions right requires an environment that equips people at every level to decide and deliver. The goal is to align all the elements of the