Performance Improvement Publications

  • Why supply chains matter more than ever for technology companies

    October 03, 2011 | Performance Improvement | Bain Brief

    An in-depth Bain analysis of the supply chains at six leading technology companies found a wide disparity in both the efficiency and effectiveness of their operations and identified the three most important areas for improvement.

  • Results March-April 2006: Business strategy brief

    March 31, 2006 | Customer Strategy & Marketing | Bain Brief

    Too many companies can't tell the difference between good profits and bad. The consequences are disastrous. Bad profits choke off a company's best opportunities for true, lasting growth. They blacken its reputation and make it vulnerable to competitors.

  • Management tools: Global survey results

    April 30, 2005 | Performance Improvement | Belgium Results

    Where do executives' strategic priorities lie? One way to answer that question is to look at the management tools they use to help run their businesses. Bain & Company's 2005 Management Tools survey of 960 global executives offers a window into what companies around the world believe is important.

  • Divide and prosper: Unbundling Europe's energy supply

    October 31, 2004 | Utilities & Alternative Energy | Benelux newsletter

    In France's energy market, EDF and Poweo have little in common at first blush. One is the country's largest power utility and serves 40 million companies and households. The other just signed on its ten-thousandth customer in October.

  • Europe's low-cost path to high-performance banking

    October 31, 2004 | Financial Services | INSEAD Quarterly

    How can European banks sustain long-term growth while keeping the costs of expansion under control? Bain & Company's Philippe De Backer, Tim Wright, Cornel Wisskirchen and Scott Tanner explain.

  • Unbundling Distribution and Supply (Decoupler la Distribution et la Fourniture)

    May 31, 2004 | Utilities & Alternative Energy | Bain Brief

    Over the past decade the value chains in both the electricity and gas industries have undergone profound structural changes in most European countries.

  • Everyday low cost

    May 31, 2003 | Bain Sustained Cost Transformation | Benelux newsletter

    For most managers, cost discipline holds as much appeal as a cold shower. The prevailing attitude, even in harsh economic conditions, is that costs must occasionally be cut said Bain's Patrick Demoucelle.

  • The Bottom Line on Management Tools: A Look at their Use and Effectiveness across the World

    April 30, 2003 | Performance Improvement | Benelux newsletter

    Over the past decade, executives have witnessed an explosion of management tools and techniques ranging from TQM to CRM and from Reengineering to Benchmarking.

  • Second Chance for eBusiness

    February 28, 2003 | Benelux newsletter

    Following the widespread failure of dotcom firms, many business leaders eased back on all things "e.

  • 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?