• How organizations make great decisions

    September 27, 2011 | Organization | Bain Brief

    Companies that are most effective at decisions don’t dither. They follow a carefully structured approach to decisions, one that ensures agreement on criteria, facts, alternatives, commitment and closure. And they put in a place a few simple enablers that help the process work smoothly. The results

  • Decision-focused meetings

    June 07, 2011 | Organization | Bain Brief

    Beth Williams groaned as she looked at her computer monitor—another Monday, another product-development meeting. Later, she had a meeting with her own team and a get-together with marketing, plus a conference call.

  • 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

  • Bain Retail Newsletter

    April 30, 2009 | Bain Brief

    We are in the 17th month of a recession that has caused tremendous turmoil for retailers. Consumers' income, wealth and access to credit have been shaken, and their spending patterns have changed significantly.

  • Borrowing from the private equity playbook

    February 06, 2007 | Private Equity | Results Brief

    A cash mountain used to be considered a good thing-savings for a rainy day or a war chest for acquisitions. Today, it's a mixed blessing. For one thing, profitably emptying a war chest isn't as easy as it once was. As private equity firms hunt for big deals and bid up prices, strategic buyers are