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  • Integrated planning: The key to upstream operational excellence

    May 29, 2013 | Oil & Gas | Bain Brief

    Better activity planning may not be natural to oil and gas companies, but it’s essential to ensure safe, reliable and cost effective operations.

  • The renaissance in mergers and acquisitions: How to make your deals successful

    May 08, 2013 | Bain Brief

    Most top performers rely on M&A for a significant part of their growth. They know the right questions to ask about a prospective acquisition. They pursue both scope deals and scale deals, and they understand the risks and rewards associated with each. They develop a repeatable M&A

  • Future of the bank branch in Asia: Rewiring staff behavior for a more digital world

    March 18, 2013 | Financial Services | Bain industry brief

    Asian banks are seeking higher productivity from their staff in an increasingly digital world, and investing in behavioral science that makes it easy and fulfilling for staff to do the right things. These banks have begun to realize the benefits of an improved customer experience, greater employee

  • Future of the bank branch in Asia: Redesigning footprint and format

    March 18, 2013 | Financial Services | Bain industry brief

    Bank branches won’t disappear, but the branch network will need to evolve to meet the needs of a tech-savvy clientele. Banks will be compelled to invest only in the best locations, shutter poor ones and design new formats that can integrate seamlessly with mobile, online, call center and other

  • The renaissance in mergers and acquisitions: What to do with all that cash?

    March 13, 2013 | Bain Brief

    Abundant capital, strong balance sheets, low interest rates and eight great macro trends will combine to make M&A essential for profitable growth this decade.

  • Operational excellence: The imperative for oil and gas companies

    February 25, 2013 | Oil & Gas | Bain Brief

    For oil and gas executives, the need for operational excellence (OE) has never been greater. Sustaining excellence in performance requires continuous improvement and focus—so the journey is never over. Leaders at every level of the organization must continue to demonstrate their commitment and

  • The renaissance in mergers and acquisitions: The surprising lessons of the 2000s

    January 16, 2013 | Mergers & Acquisitions | Bain Brief

    Looking back at the first decade of this century, it is clear that many companies succeeded in delivering superior shareholder returns using M&A as a weapon for competitive advantage. Executives had to be smart about it, and they had to be committed. But for those with a repeatable model, the

  • China's shoppers: What retailers can learn from Chinese shoppers' behavior

    December 07, 2012 | Consumer Products | Bain report

    Our study of real-time shopper behavior provides important insights into how China’s retail landscape is quickly evolving, and what separates leading retailers from followers.

  • Customer Loyalty in Retail Banking: Global Edition

    December 04, 2012 | Financial Services | Bain report

    Our survey of 150,100 consumers in 14 countries reveals a surge in mobile banking and tepid loyalty scores given by affluent customers in many markets. These and other findings highlight the need for digital and physical banking channels to become more tailored to the priorities of high-value

  • China's shoppers: Foreign versus local brands

    December 04, 2012 | Consumer Products | Bain report

    China has become the world’s biggest battleground for consumer goods sales as both multinational and local companies aggressively compete for shoppers with rising incomes.