Performance Improvement Publications

  • A Path to Faster Growth for Healthcare Companies: Eliminate Complexity

    November 08, 2017 | Bain Brief

    Healthcare manufacturers have long believed that all revenue growth is good. But to increase the top line, many launched new products without addressing legacy versions, entered new categories without a path to leadership and expanded to all corners of the world without sufficient local scale.

  • Changing Faces of the Cloud

    October 06, 2017 | Bain infographic

    As the cloud moves from niche to mainstream, providers can take three steps to adapt.

  • How Utilities Can Cut Costs in a Challenging Environment

    October 05, 2017 | Bain infographic

    Several trends are squeezing utilities' bottom lines. Leading utility companies are able to cut costs while building a stronger organization.

  • Supercharging Zero-Based Redesign

    September 14, 2017 | Bain infographic

    Automation and decision-making technologies are evolving rapidly, expanding the potential of a clean-slate approach to cost reduction.

  • New Bank Strategies Require New Operating Models

    May 15, 2017 | Bain Brief

    It’s high time for banks to shake up creaky structures and ways of working—and time is running short for responding to incursions by nonbank technology firms.

  • Are Global Insurers Too Big to Succeed?

    November 30, 2016 | Bain Brief

    Large insurers are able to reduce costs and accelerate growth if they address the heart of the problem: their complexity.

  • Simplify to Grow in Healthcare

    September 23, 2015 | Bain Brief

    Many pharmaceutical and medical technology firms, in pursuit of growth, have become rife with complexity. Thoughtful simplification, through techniques such as a profit cube analysis, allows executives to steer resources to the areas that create the greatest value. Streamlining also enables faster

  • Keeping Trim

    September 01, 2015 | Best's Review

    A lean approach that centers on improving the customer experience and shifting employee behavior around that experience will not only raise productivity but also advance the cause of earning customer loyalty. And when the front line becomes truly engaged, lean will stick.

  • Bury the pilot project and build a hothouse

    May 13, 2015 | Bain Brief

    Many lean programs fixate on cost, which fails to inspire employees over the long term. A more effective approach centers on improving the customer experience, not just boosting productivity. It emphasizes end-to-end process redesign based on eliminating the root causes of waste. And it runs tests

  • A Higher Bar

    October 08, 2014 | Bain Brief

    Few companies have gone far enough in connecting their legal and business strategies. As a result, the activities that could unlock the most value for the company can get crowded out by seemingly urgent but less important demands. However, some companies have figured out how their legal departments