Roland Berger Strategy Consultants Europe

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A Berger joint

From its humble beginning as a small, one-man consulting firm, Roland Berger Strategy Consultants has grown into an international giant.  Ranked among the top-10 in global strategy consulting, it is the largest consulting firm to have emerged from Europe, where it still does the bulk of its business; 26 of the firm's 51 offices worldwide are located in Europe.   Offices in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, North and South America are completing its global footprint.   All told, the company employs around 2,700 people worldwide, and provides strategy consulting to many of the world's largest corporations in a variety of industries.  Those include automotive, consumer goods, construction, chemicals, energy, environmental technology, financial services, machinery, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, public services, rail, telecommunications, and travel and tourism.

 

One man, one vision

Roland Berger founded the firm in Munich in 1967, growing it into a major player in its field and employing 100 staff within a decade of its founding.  The consultancy has passed many landmarks in its journey to its present state; in 1980, for example, it became the first European firm to gain acceptance into the U.S. Association of Management Consulting Firms (formerly ACME).  That acceptance was an early indicator of the firm's international reach, and especially impressive given that it didn't arrive in the U.S. in a permanent way until 1995.

In Europe, the firm's footprint covers the most important markets on the continent. Its presence extends not only to the traditional large markets such as France, Germany or the UK, but also into mid-sized markets such as the Nordics, Portugal or Turkey, as well as smaller markets such as the Baltics or Croatia. As with its early expansion into the US, Roland Berger has always been something of a front runner when breaking ground in new markets closer to home. For example, the firm moved early especially into Eastern European countries after the fall of the Berlin wall. In each country, the firm serves a full range of industries.

 

A literate bunch

Roland Berger has no shortage of publications available to the public and its clients.  Published three times a year in German, English and Chinese, the firm's THINK ACTmagazine discusses perspectives and opinions on top issues relevant to business decision makers.  The firm also publishes THINK ACT booklet-which presents "cutting edge research and analysis" on a specific topic each issue.

In addition, the firm has two "well-established" academic imprints, which together have put out more than 75 books since their inception: The Roland Berger School of Strategy & Economics, which aims to make the firm's research available to the general public; and The Management Series, which features the PhD dissertations of Roland Berger's professionals.

 

In the spotlight

In 2007, the firm committed to a three-year partnership-which has since been renewed through 2012-with the World Economic Forum, a nonprofit organization that serves as a platform for discussion about global issues.  Through the partnership, Roland Berger helps to shape the content for the Forum's summits, panels and debates, and develops new ideas for its educational sessions.  Roland Berger's particular area of interest is the Forum's Young Global Leaders program, which helps bring together some of the world's brightest young minds to work on global issues.

 

Giving back

In March 2008, Roland Berger used some €50 million of his own private resources to set up the Roland Berger Foundation, an organization that promotes human rights and dignity throughout the world.  The Foundation gives a yearly award of €1 million to an individual or institution that helps to promote dignity and education.  Furthermore with the scholarships, it supports gifted, motivated and productive children and young people from socially disadvantaged families. Currently more than 600 primary and secondary school students are supported.

 

In addition to the good works of Roland Berger the man, Roland Berger the firm plays its part in giving back to the community, especially through pro bono initiatives.  Besides numerous corporate volunteering activites, Roland Berger supports for example Adie (Association for the Right to Entrepreneurial Activity) which helps young unemployed people setting up their own business by providing micro loans. Roland Berger aims at helping Adie in the creation of micro-franchise branches by challenging models viability through market analyses, business plan modeling, operational models definition and micro-entrepreneurs coaching.

 

IN THE NEWS

September 2014

New global leadership team

After the recent election of Charles-Edouard Bouée as CEO of Roland Berger, the Global Executive Committee (GEC) of the firm is now complete: The Supervisory Board, under the lead of its Chairman Burkhard Schwenker, approved the members of the Global Executive Committee (GEC) and the two Deputy CEOs (Tijo J. G. Collot d'Escury and Stefan Schaible), as suggested by the new CEO Charles-Edouard Bouée. The GEC of Roland Berger comprises the partners who take care of the strategic and managerial tasks on behalf of the entire partnership. Find out more about the leadership team and its members. (Link to: http://www.rolandberger.com/press_releases/20140902_Global_leadership_team_of_seven.html)

 

June 2014

Solidarity Day

250 colleagues from the French, Spanish and Moroccan offices dedicated June 27 to supporting three charities at a "Solidarity Day" held in Paris. Roland Berger teams joined school children in a disadvantaged neighborhood in crafting little dolls for UNICEF, renovated an accommodation center for homeless people in cooperation with the Red Cross and were involved in repair works and gardening at an educational farm for children and disabled people.

 

 

February 2014

MBA Case Competition

Roland Berger Strategy Consultants and IESE Business School organized the 19th International Case Competition in Barcelona. Teams from prestigious MBA schools in North America, Asia and Europe competed to come up with the best strategy. This year, the team from Chicago Booth convinced the jury of their concept.

 

December 2013

 

Independency

The overwhelming majority of the Partners agreed to support the joint recommendation by the Global Executive Committee and the Supervisory Board to remain independent. The decision ends a series of talks following requests by several international companies to buy the consultancy or enter into a strategic partnership.  During the negotiations, the firm's management team explored some very promising options but "we weighed up all the possibilities and obstacles, such as regulatory issues, and in the end we can honestly say: There's no better way for us to support our clients, maintain our corporate identity and reach our common goals than by remaining independent," says Prof. Dr. Burkhard Schwenker, CEO of Roland Berger Strategy Consultants (today Chairman of the Supervisory Board). Read more.

 

November 2013

Best of European Business Awards

The "Best of European Business" Awards (BEB) were launched in 2005 by Roland Berger Strategy Consultants to highlight European management role models and spark a discussion about Europe's strengths and prospects. The awards honor prominent players from the realm of business - both individuals and corporations - that successfully went against the tide and provided examples of sound strategy and excellent management. The BEB award ceremonies of recent years have focused on different countries, the 2013 edition focuses on the Italo-German economic relations. For their contributions to the European economy, BMW and Fuchs Petrolub received awards in the Large and Midsize Companies categories, respectively. A special award was given to Federico Ghizzoni, CEO of UniCredit: "Italo-German Manager of the Year". Read more (Link to http://www.best-of-european-business.com/)

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Roland Berger Strategy Consultants Europe


HighLight Towers
Mies-van-der-Rohe-Str. 6
Munich 80807
Phone: +49 (0)89 923 00
Fax: +49(0)89 923 082 02
www.rolandberger.com

STATS


  • Employer Type: Private
  • CEO: Charles-Edouard Bouée
  • 2013 Employees: 2,700

  • Employment Contact

    www.join.rolandberger.com


  • Major Departments & Practices

    Corporate Development

    Information Management

    Marketing & Sales

    Operations Strategy

    Restructuring & Corporate Finance

    Automotive

    Consumer Goods & Retail

    Energy & Chemicals

    Engineered Products & High Tech

    Financial Services

    InfoCom

    Pharma & Healthcare

    Public Services

    Transportation

Major Office Locations

  • Munich (Global HQ)
  • 51 offices in 36 countries worldwide

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