Performance Improvement Publications

  • Inclusive behaviour the key to achieving gender equality in the workplace

    December 05, 2014 | The Australian

    A female executive still remains a rare sight in the C-suite of ASX 200 companies, and men are nine times more likely to hold executive leadership positions than women. However, the reasons are less clear.

  • How conglomerates flourish in Southeast Asia

    November 21, 2014 | The Edge

    Conglomerates in Malaysia and the rest of Southeast Asia not only outperform conglomerates in developed markets but also deliver higher shareholder value than companies in the region that focus on a single business.

  • Amit Sinha: Winning with procurement in Asia

    November 05, 2014 | Bain video

    Amit Sinha, a partner in Bain's Performance Improvement practice, explains how 4th-generation procurement techniques can help companies meet savings goals.

  • Cost cutting: no pain, all gain

    October 20, 2014 |

    A preemptive approach to cost containment can make operations far more effective, not just leaner.

  • Building a World-Class Global Procurement Organization

    October 08, 2014 | Bain Brief

    A serious procurement improvement effort can help a company reduce 5% to 15% of total procurement spending. But most global procurement organizations are not designed to make the most of the opportunities. Leading companies transform their procurement organizations by designing a global team that

  • 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

  • Cost-Cutting with No Regrets

    August 13, 2014 | Bain Brief

    Businesses have been squeezing more productivity from existing resources, but efforts to contain costs don't have to cause gloom and doom. In the best companies, cost programs spur major improvements in operating effectiveness along financial customer, employee and other metrics.

  • Focus on the Customer

    August 13, 2014 | Bain Brief

    Many companies try to offer something to everybody. But the leaders take a different approach: they define their "design target" customers, tailor their products and services to appeal to these customers, and focus their organization to deliver exactly what these customers most value.

  • Once ratified, new trade deal easing cross-border flow of goods could reduce world hunger

    August 06, 2014 | South China Morning Post

    Globally, up to 1.3 billion tons of food are lost or wasted each year because of unnecessary trade barriers, and hunger is a dramatic consequence. Even cutting that figure in half would make a significant contribution to reducing world hunger.

  • Removing the Trade Obstacles

    August 05, 2014 | Jakarta Post

    Globally, up to 1.3 billion tons of food are lost or wasted each year because of unnecessary trade barriers, and hunger is a dramatic consequence.