Performance Improvement Publications

  • 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

  • Profit pool - Bain Seoul

    April 27, 2015 | Performance Improvement | Maekyung Economy

    Making money is the most critical reason to be in business, yet this obvious statement is not so obvious in industries where you can spend all of your time and energy developing, nurturing and growing a business to have someone else reap all the profits of your hard work at the end of the day.

  • Paul Cichocki: Zero-Based Budgeting

    April 08, 2015 | Bain video

    Zero-based budgeting offers companies a way to reconsider the entire cost structure and align resources with long-term strategies.

  • Pierre-Henri Boutot: Winning with Supply Chain in the Asia-Pacific Region

    April 08, 2015 | Bain video

    Half of supply chain executives are unconvinced their organizations have what it takes to produce a winning supply chain.

  • Rethinking Supply Chains in the Asia-Pacific Region for Global Growth

    April 08, 2015 | Bain Brief

    Asia-Pacific’s over-stretched supply chains won’t help companies support the next wave of global growth in a vastly different cost environment. Fully 70% of supply chain executives interviewed agree that their supply chain is now a top management priority, but only half believe their organization

  • Easing trade barriers: Progress and opportunities

    January 23, 2015 | Bain infographic

    Reducing the supply chain barriers that exist beyond customs efficiencies at the border could increase global GDP by nearly 5%.

  • Enabling Trade: Catalysing Trade Facilitation Agreement Implementation in Brazil

    January 22, 2015 | World Economic Forum

    New border procedures in Brazil could generate cost savings of $1.5 billion annually and add $24 billion to Brazil’s gross domestic product.

  • Enabling Trade: Increasing the Potential of Trade Reforms

    January 22, 2015 | World Economic Forum

    Reducing supply chain barriers benefits nations, producers and consumers. World Economic Forum research has determined that the measures to streamline border administration in current agreements are not enough. Improvements in infrastructure, the business environment and market access are also

  • Why Procurement Matters

    January 22, 2015 | Bain video

    Procurement is often a leading cost item, but companies struggle to make the most of the savings opportunity.

  • Molly Kerr: Cost-cutting with no regrets

    December 28, 2014 | Bain video

    Efforts to contain costs don’t have to cause gloom and doom. In the best companies, says Bain partner Molly Kerr, cost programs spur major improvements in operating effectiveness along financial, customer, employee and other metrics. The key is to regularly and aggressively hunt for “no regrets”