Performance Improvement Publications

  • How global telcos can profit from India's wireless experience

    March 19, 2011 | Telecommunications | Bain Brief

    As many wireless telecommunications operators around the world reach saturation points in consumer penetration, they fear hitting a growth wall. These companies face mounting competition, declining average revenue per user (ARPU) and steeply rising costs.

  • Outsourcing can do much more than just cut costs

    June 14, 2010 | Performance Improvement |

    Companies that successfully create and sustain value year after year are rare. Many try to, but a recent study of 2,000 companies over 10 years by our consulting firm, Bain & Company, found that only one in 10 achieved sustained, profitable growth.

  • Seizing the strategic high ground in capability sourcing

    April 18, 2010 | Capability sourcing | Bain Brief

    Others, however, see it as even more critical than ever. Many companies are not satisfied with their current capability sourcing efforts, which include outsourcing and offshoring.

  • Rules For Rookie CEOs

    August 15, 2006 | Performance Improvement |

    What do new CEOs Jonathan Schwartz of Sun Microsystems and Ephren Taylor of City Capital have in common? Any newly appointed CEO or general manager faces two immediate challenges the first day on the job.

  • Are you sending your problems offshore?

    January 31, 2006 | Outsourcing & Offshoring | Harvard Management Update

    It seems straightforward enough—why not simply outsource routine financial reporting functions offshore? Sure, you'll save some money. But if these processes are flawed to begin with, you only transplant their inefficiencies elsewhere, missing the greater opportunity to streamline.

  • When offshoring, think functions not factories

    June 07, 2005 | Industrial Machinery | IndustryWeek

    Till Vestring, based in Singapore, directs Bain & Company's ( Asia-Pacific Industrial Practice. Ted Rouse, based in Chicago, directs Bain's Global Industrial Practice, and Uwe Reinert, based in Dusseldorf, directs the firm's European Industrial Practice.

  • Making the move to low-cost countries

    February 28, 2005 | Industrial Machinery | Bain Brief

    Migrating costs to low-cost countries (LCCs) has moved from being an "interesting idea" to an imperative for most industrial companies, but it's a "must do" that too often is managed with ambivalence.

  • Strategic sourcing: From periphery to the core

    January 31, 2005 | Organization | Harvard Business Review

    As globalization changes the basis of competition, sourcing is moving from the periphery of corporate functions to the core. Always important in terms of costs, sourcing is becoming a strategic opportunity. But few companies are ready for this shift. Outsourcing has grown so sophisticated that even

  • The China Thing

    December 31, 2002 | Strategy | Benelux newsletter

    China's WTO entry makes it possible for overseas companies to invest in more areas, produce and market according to their own strategies. What many don't realise is that the Chinese market is fiercely competitive. So how does one make it big in China?

  • Making M&As work - a note for CEOs

    December 17, 2001 | Capability sourcing | The Korea Herald

    Following is the second and last of a two-part story on strategic M&As contributed to The Korea Herald by Kenneth Chang, a manager of the consulting firm, Bain & Company. Why do most M&As fail?