Performance Improvement Publications

  • Right-sizing the balance sheet

    May 09, 2010 | Mergers & Acquisitions | Bain Brief

    When performance is an issue, executives focus mainly on the income statement and cut costs. But tight management of the balance sheet often liberates more cash, preserves options and drives value for shareholders.

  • Banking on the future

    May 11, 2008 | Financial Services | China Business Journal

    With increasing financial deregulation and stiffer foreign competition, it's never been more challenging—or potentially rewarding—for banks in China. What will it take to thrive in this new environment? What lessons are available for leading China banks?

  • Management Tools 2007: An Executive's Guide

    January 03, 2007 | Private Equity | Bain Brief

    For two decades now, executives have witnessed an explosion of management tools, ranging from Knowledge Management to Strategic Alliances. That burst was fueled by their need to successfully navigate an increasingly competitive marketplace.

  • Management Tools 2007: An Executive's Guide

    January 03, 2007 | Private Equity | Bain Brief

    For two decades now, executives have witnessed an explosion of management tools, ranging from Knowledge Management to Strategic Alliances. That burst was fueled by their need to successfully navigate an increasingly competitive marketplace.

  • Management Tools 2005: An Executive's Guide

    December 31, 2004 | Private Equity | Bain Brief

    As part of this study, Bain creates a yearly guide to 25 of the most popular and pertinent management tools. This guide provides a description, methodology, common uses and selected references for each of the tools.

  • Management Tools 2003: An Executive's Guide

    December 31, 2002 | Performance Improvement | Bain Brief

    In 1993, Bain & Company launched a multiyear research project to gather facts about the use and performance of management tools.

  • "Performance Culture" the Private Equity way

    November 30, 2002 | Private Equity | European Business Journal

    In the last couple of years returns have suffered. The Private Equity sector has not been immune to the turmoil on the world's stock markets, and subsequent near-paralysis of IPOs.

  • Getting Back to Offense

    August 14, 2002 | Fundamentals of Growth | Bain Brief

    Companies coming out of a downturn know how it feels to hit obstacles and turbulence. But should they abort plans, or put the throttle down and risk everything?

  • B for Asia financial sector

    January 17, 2002 | Financial Services | The Business Times (Singapore)

    Capital adequacy is generally up across the region and some of the worst banking debacles (remember Bangkok Bank of Commerce!) have largely been addressed.

  • 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?