Performance Improvement Publications

  • The Outlook for US Companies in China

    January 18, 2017 | Bain infographic

    A look at the 2017 China Business Climate Survey, including the top business challenges and objectives for US companies in China.

  • China Business Climate Survey Report 2017

    January 18, 2017 | AmCham Review

    An overview of the performance of AmCham China member companies in 2016, their assessment of the new normal and their plans to maintain profitability in the next year.

  • Jason Heinrich: The Zero-Based Budgeting Trifecta

    January 17, 2017 | Bain video

    Zero-based budgeting is about driving cultural change and organizational simplification throughout a business.

  • ZBB (Zero-Based Budgeting) - Bain Seoul

    January 11, 2017 | Performance Improvement | Maekyung Economy

    ZBB is a tool to rebuild your cost structure from zero base, hence the name zero-based budgeting. The biggest driver of ZBB is productivity analysis. As you build your productivity baseline and enhancement plan, you can build your cost structure around it. There are three ways to categorize your

  • Procurement Savings That Stick

    December 19, 2016 | Bain infographic

    External purchasing is the largest single expense at most companies. Businesses that think differently about procurement can reap big rewards.

  • How Zero-Based Budgeting Can Inspire Employees

    December 16, 2016 | Forbes.com

    A recent global Bain & Company survey found that more companies facing pressure to cut costs are deploying this proven tool. In the Asia-Pacific region, for example, fully 80% of executives interviewed for a 2015 Bain report said they expected to implement zero-based budgeting programs.

  • Simon Henderson: Accelerated Transformation

    December 05, 2016 | Bain video

    When done right, an accelerated transformation can spur cost reduction and improve the organization's culture.

  • Lodewijk de Graauw: Accelerated Transformation

    December 05, 2016 | Bain video

    Most cost-cutting programs rely on a blunt approach that can limit chances of recovery and growth.

  • David Schannon: Unearthing the Hidden Treasure of Procurement

    November 02, 2016 | Bain video

    Leading companies think differently about procurement by using three methods to capture full potential savings.

  • Betting on Zero-Based Budgeting's Trifecta

    October 17, 2016 | Bain Brief

    The popular budget initiative can improve cost performance, but truly effective zero-based budgeting also energizes employees and spurs growth.