The CFO Agenda

March 2015
Before investing in new performance management systems, leaders need to identify the metrics that really matter and design processes for translating data into effective decision making.
April 2014
VF Corporation’s CFO explains how a relentless focus on total shareholder return drove a far-reaching transformation of the company’s business.
March 2014
For Dun & Bradstreet CFO Rich Veldran, the primary mandate of the CFO is to be the champion of total shareholder return.

Manufacturing

March 2015
Auto suppliers are under pressure to open more factories close to their customers’ assembly plants—and, simultaneously, to cut costs. These conflicting demands pose an industry-wide challenge.
February 2015
A scenario-based approach allows manufacturers to assess the implications of their make-or-buy decisions across product lines and manufacturing locations.
January 2015
Technological developments and a pressing need to boost productivity are likely to accelerate the adoption of new advanced-manufacturing technologies, which could transform many industries.
August 2014
Manufacturing cost structures around the world have changed so dramatically in a decade that many old perceptions of low-cost and high-cost nations no longer hold.
Metals & Mining
March 2015
Drawing on econometric and other analyses, the World Gold Council and BCG demystify forces shaping the gold-recycling industry and propose success strategies for industry players.
January 2015
Far-flung teams in the mining industry, working under unpredictable conditions, have long struggled to operate with disciplined efficiency. But an integrated automation strategy just might change that.

The Retail Sector

February 2015
Digital technologies in stores can help retailers improve operations and help customers shop faster and smarter. BCG explains the organizational changes needed to bring digital into stores.
December 2014
The retail industry—including eight U.S. companies among the sector's top ten—delivered sizable value to investors from 2009 through 2013, despite a volatile business environment.
August 2014
Consumers’ growing preference for “click and collect” shopping is putting a premium on the speed, accuracy, and reliability of retailers’ supply chains and in-store processes.
Transformation
November 2014
Transformation is now an imperative for most companies, necessitating fundamental change in strategy, operating model, organization, people, and processes. The right approach comprises three steps.
October 2013
Many corporate-transformation efforts fail to deliver lasting competitive advantage. BCG has identified the factors that lead to successful transformations—and the common traps that characterize failures.