Performance Improvement Publications

  • It Takes Two to Tango: Is Your Supply Chain a True Business Partner?

    December 09, 2015 | Performance Improvement, Industrial Goods & Services | Bain Brief

    When financial performance tumbled well below the expectations of shareholders at a major US-based manufacturer of industrial parts, the new head of supply chain saw ways to make the supply chain part of the solution.

  • Greg Gerstenhaber: Is Your Supply Chain a True Business Partner?

    November 18, 2015 | Performance Improvement | Bain video

    What makes a great supply chain? Bain Partner Greg Gerstenhaber outlines how supply chains can become a competitive advantage for a company.

  • Peter Slagt: Results Delivery Approach to Leadership Development

    November 04, 2015 | Results Delivery® | Bain video

    Leadership development is growing in importance as organizations become more complex and disruptions become more frequent. Bain Partner Peter Slagt outlines four steps to create better leaders for the 21st century.

  • Véronique Pauwels: Gaining a Competitive Edge Through Sustained Cost Transformation

    November 04, 2015 | Performance Improvement | Bain video

    For most companies, cost-cutting is a fact of life. Bain Partner Véronique Pauwels discusses how to make strategic and sustainable cuts to costs and overhead.

  • Five questions to shape a winning 3-D printing strategy

    October 30, 2015 | IndustryWeek

    How leading companies are identifying and understanding the most promising opportunities in the business of 3-D printing.

  • Joachim Breidenthal: Managing Service Suppliers in Oil and Gas

    October 22, 2015 | Oil & Gas | Bain video

    How do you get the best value out of service suppliers? Bain Partner Joachim Breidenthal discusses the five key elements to improving a supplier's performance.

  • How Greece can Harvest Low-Hanging Euros

    October 20, 2015 |

    Reducing even a limited set of supply chain barriers to trade halfway to best practices would yield nearly $2.6 trillion in global GDP. For Greece, that could mean boosting its GDP by 5%–6% or adding up to $15 billion to the country’s ailing economy.

  • Beyond Lean: Gaining a Competitive Edge through Sustained Cost Transformation

    October 07, 2015 | Bain Brief

    Many companies endure painful cost-cutting programs only to be disappointed when the savings don’t stick. Sustained cost transformation takes a more strategic approach, identifying poorly deployed resources that leadership teams can reallocate to strengthen and reposition the company. It’s all

  • 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.