Roland Berger Strategy Consultants

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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. Within the U.S., the firm has just four locations, with offices in Africa, the Middle East, Asia and South America 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, construction, chemicals, consumer goods, 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. 

While it has found success easy to come by in its home market, Roland Berger has found the American market to be a tougher nut to crack. While there are a variety of reasons for that, legislation is a major one; Deutsche Bank bought a majority stake in the firm in 1988, which added restrictions to the firm's intentions to establish itself Stateside. Specifically, the U.S. Bank Holding Company Act forbade the firm from establishing an independent office within U.S. borders. Because of that, it wasn't until 1995 that Roland Berger set up a representative office in New York, with the help of several American partners. Three years later, the firm regained majority control, enabling it to open an independent office in Detroit, Mich. That same year, it also consummated its relationship with New York, transitioning that office's status from representative to independent. The firm's presence on the continent rose to four offices in 2012, with the establishment of a Chicago hub in 2008 and a Boston hub in 2012.

 

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 ACT magazine 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 clients and 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 it supports gifted 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. For example, it takes part in Focus:HOPE a nonprofit civil and human rights organization located in Detroit. The group's goal is to use intelligent and practical action to fight monumental issues such as poverty and racism. The organization helps the community through activities such as food programs for mothers, education and training courses, day care provision, and education and other volunteer activities.

 

IN THE NEWS

July 2014

Thought leadership: Leading Marketing in a digital world

How will technology trends, new data sources and analytics impact Marketing as a function, and what can Marketing leaders do today to prepare their organizations for the future? Roland Berger North America strives for excellence in staying at the forefront of several industries and continuously publishes studies and white papers.

The latest study conducted by Roland Berger Strategy Consultants in collaboration with the Kellogg School of Management summarizes the concerns, views and beliefs of 75 high-level marketing experts from different industries and postulates three calls-to-action for Marketing leaders to prepare their organizations to succeed. Download the study here.

 

June 2014

New CEO

At their regular meeting in Frankfurt am Main, the Partners of Roland Berger Strategy Consultants elected Charles-Edouard Bouée (45) new CEO. Former CEO Burkhard Schwenker (56) was elected to the Supervisory Board. Charles-Edouard joined Roland Berger in 2001, having studied at the Ecole Centrale in Paris (Master of Science), graduated from Harvard (MBA) and earned a law degree. He has lived in four countries and was Chairman of the regions France, Belgium and North Africa, head of Roland Berger's Asian business and he was also President & Managing Partner for Greater China. He has authored numerous books about management principles, combining his experience in Asia, the US and Europe. Read more.

 

June 2014

New Managing Partner in North America

Robert C. Henske was appointed new managing Partner of Roland Berger Strategy Consultants in North America.  He has 30 years of global strategy and business transformation consulting experience in the chemical and related industries spanning the commodity, specialty and fine chemicals markets. Robert studied Chemical Engineering at the Yale University and holds an MBA in Strategy and Finance from the Harvard Business School.

 

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.

 

March 2013

Banking on our Future

Roland Berger Strategy Consultants continues its commitment in working with Operation Hope on their Banking on our Future Program (BOOF) in various elementary schools in South Chicago and the Metro Detroit Area.  The Banking on our Future program was designed to teach financial literacy to low wealth and underserved communities across the US and South Africa.  Our Consultants enjoy spending time teaching children about banking basics, credit and debit cards, and investing in their future.

 

July 2012

New office

Roland Berger Strategy Consultants opens its first office in Canada.  The office in Montreal has been quickly growing and specializes in service (tourism, media) and industries (mining, metals, process industries, and aerospace).

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Roland Berger Strategy Consultants


37000 Woodward Ave, Suite 200
Bloomfield Hills
Detroit, MI 48304
Phone: (248) 729-5000
Fax: (248) 649-1794
www.rolandberger.com

STATS


  • Employer Type: Private
  • CEO: Charles-Edouard Bouée
  • 2014 Employees: 2,700

  • Employment Contact

    Visit Roland Berger's careers page


  • Major Departments & Practices

    GLOBAL PRACTICE AREAS

    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

     

    US PRACTICE AREAS

    Automotive

    Chemicals

    Energy

    Engineered Products & High Tech

    Innovation

    Operations

    Strategy

    Transaction support

Major Office Locations

  • Munich (Global HQ)
  • Boston
  • Chicago
  • Detroit
  • Montreal
  • New York, NY
  • 51 offices in 36 countries worldwide
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