Reducing costs while maintaining performance means helping identify ways of saving costs in some areas of the business and enabling it to operate more cost efficiently.
But wherever costs are reduced, this action must be done in a way that delivers lasting business performance improvements, rather than in a quick hit with short-term gains and long-term difficulties.
The interdependencies faced by organizations — internally between functions and externally with suppliers, customers and other stakeholders — makes the management of costs a highly complex issue that is best addressed at a strategic level. While there is broad understanding that cost reduction is key to profitability, the scale of reductions and the scope of success vary widely across industries and regions. Proactive cost management is critical to running an effective organization. Strategic plans need to be driven, tools built to track progress and a cultural commitment must be created to minimize unnecessary costs.