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Moving up in a downturn--or not
October 2008
by Darrell Rigby, Steve Ellis, Sam Rovit and Allen Schaar
In light of the extraordinary events in financial markets, this issue of Results Brief contains two relevant insights from Bain-one on the challenges and opportunities of managing through turbulence, and the other detailing the looming wave of big-company bankruptcies and how to minimize their impact.

A version of this article first appeared in The Deal. Read the full article

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Winning in emerging markets
June 2008
by Satish Shankar and Vijay Vishwanath
As growth slows in the mature markets of North America and Western Europe, some consumer goods companies have figured out how to tap into the purchasing power of a newly prosperous and growing middle class in emerging markets. The rewards can be substantial; in some product categories, growth there is three times that of developed markets. While each market requires different adaptations, the emerging market leaders share six common practices. What does it take to win?


To learn more about emerging markets, read "How to win in emerging markets" (MIT Sloan Management Review, Spring 2008) by Satish Shankar, Charles Ormiston, Nicolas Bloch, Robert Schaus, and Vijay Vishwanath.

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The four laws of breakthrough results
April 2008
by Mark Gottfredson, Steve Schaubert and Hernan Saenz
The pressure to perform is familiar to most CEOs these days. Fully 40 percent of new CEOs last less than two years. Leaders of fast turnarounds start by systematically determining the business's current condition. That diagnosis, typically guided by four fundamental laws of business, enables them to gain a deep understanding of the point of departure. They next map out a realistic point of arrival, using the same four laws. Finally, they craft a few vital initiatives that will get them where they need to go.

To learn more about The Breakthrough Imperative: How the Best Managers Get Outstanding Results, go to www.thebreakthroughimperative.com.

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Lessons from Private Equity Any Company Can Use
February 2008
by Orit Gadiesh and Hugh MacArthur
Private equity masters follow a basic set of disciplines that any senior executive can employ for similar results. Some of these lessons will sound familiar. Some may appear obvious. However, in our view, they are not being applied rigorously by businesses around the world. It is easier to do "fine" than to do the best a company can do. This pervasive disease of satisfactory underperformance can be cured by applying PE lessons.

To learn more about how to master the disciplines of private equity, read Memo to the CEO: Lessons from Private Equity Any Company Can Use, published by Harvard Business Press in January 2008.

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