What we believe

Bain's strategy experts help clients with their most complex strategic challenges. We build tailored solutions to help clients achieve sustained growth and emphasize mobilization from day one. We begin by helping clients choose where to focus so they can outexecute and outinvest their competitors―and ultimately generate higher returns.

The Strategy practice is anchored by Bain's 5 Beliefs on Strategy:

  1. There are few bad businesses, but many bad strategies. Outperformance depends more on market leadership and redefinition than on market selection.
  2. Leadership starts with a competitive advantage. Invest to "spike" only on a few critical capabilities. Trying to be good at everything makes it hard to be great at anything.
  3. Focus matters. Continuously reinforce the core, expand in adjacencies with a repeatable model, and prepare for long-term transformation.
  4. The ability to learn and adapt at speed. Learning is a source of advantage in its own right, especially during times of uncertainty.
  5. You can't win on the outside if you are losing on the inside. Insurgency, frontline obsession and an owner mindset fuel growth.

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How we help

For more than 40 years, Bain's superior capabilities have helped thousands of clients in every industry develop and deliver winning strategies.

  • We see things that others miss, offering you more creative solutions that combine our deep geographic experience, intimate sector knowledge and clear insights into how to create value in your business.
  • We work collaboratively, build lasting capabilities into your team and help your organization mobilize for change.
  • We define our success by your results. We care deeply about our clients. We enjoy our work―and we have fun doing it.

Our strategy consulting expertise includes:

  • Fundamentals of growth: Only 1 in 9 companies succeeds in achieving sustained growth. We help companies grow by defining and focusing on their core.
  • Business unit strategy: Effective strategy for business units requires making proprietary decisions about where to play and how to win. The goal is to enable a business to reach its full economic potential.
  • Corporate strategy: Corporate strategy involves a proprietary set of actions that enables a company to be worth more than just the sum of its parts. The most critical role of the center is to help business units achieve leadership positions.
  • Founder's Mentality®: To win in the long term, most companies need the cost advantages and scale of global incumbents. Yet, in achieving that scale, companies often lose what we call the Founder’s Mentality—the very core strengths and values that helped them succeed.
  • Digital: We help companies develop digital strategies that deliver on core strategy, delight customers and enable them to operate smarter and faster. Our B2B Digital Strategy product, Bain Digital Radar℠, blends a practical set of near-term, high-impact initiatives with a bold vision for how the pace of digital innovation is likely to reshape the industry over time.
  • BothBrain® Innovation: Bain works with clients to transform innovation for new product development and make big ideas actionable by combining creative strategy and analytic approaches.
  • Emerging markets: Home to most of the world’s population and recording double-digit growth, emerging markets in Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe are must-win areas for multinational companies. Bain helps companies navigate this unfamiliar terrain and successfully compete against indigenous companies and other multinationals.
  • Sustainability: Bain helps companies develop renewable energy policies, realize the full potential of recycling processes and identify the impact of new trends and regulations, among other things.
Our team

We have a core group of senior strategy focused experts that we deploy across the globe. Bain has extensive corporate strategy experience in over 3,000 cases. We work as an integrated part of your team, from frontline to C-suite, to deliver true results and make the changes stick.

Our team