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 and Asia 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, energy, environmental technology, financial services, machinery, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, 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 CONTENT-which presents "cutting edge research and analysis" on a specific topic each issue-as well as Automotive INSIGHTS and an executive review aimed at the capital goods industry. 

In addition, the firm has two "well-established" academic imprints, which together have put out more than 40 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 will help to shape the content for the Forum's summits, panels and debates, and will develop 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.  

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 2013

UN Global Compact

Roland Berger takes corporate responsibility seriously. In summer 2012, the company became a member of the UN Global Compact that underscores the importance of sustainable and responsible business practices. The strategy consultancy is committed to upholding the 10 principles of the Global Compact and follows the Global Compact's guidelines on acting ethically, socially and sustainably. In July 2013 the first report was published which illustrates how Roland Berger brings the Global Compact to life in its consulting operations. 

April 2013

Profiles in Dignity

In 2013, the Roland Berger Foundation has chosen to recognize individuals and organizations that campaign courageously for the dignity and rights of women. Indian women's rights organization Jagori, Pakistani lawyer and women's rights activist Dr. Asma Jahangir, and the Afghan Women's Network were honored with the Roland Berger Human Dignity Award. As stipulated in the Foundation's charter, the three award winners will use the prize funds for projects that support women in need and seek to improve their situation. In addition, the Jewish Museum Berlin received the first Roland Berger Honorary Human Dignity Award. The annual Award is endowed with EUR 1 million and goes to individuals or institutions that play an exemplary and successful role in promoting human dignity and advancing international understanding, tolerance and a free and peaceful society. 

March 2013

Young Global Leaders

Codrut Pascu, Managing Partner at Roland Berger Strategy Consultants in Bucharest, has been appointed member of the Young Global Leaders (YGL) community of the World Economic Forum. The community comprises executives and outstanding individuals from all over the world who are active in different areas of society - from helping young people get a better education to fighting poverty and protecting the climate. Roland Berger has been supporting the community for many years. The company helped shape and develop the YGL concept and shares consulting expertise to assist with the topics of sustainability, governance, and youth and education.

February 2013

Case Competition

Roland Berger Strategy Consultants and IESE Business School organized the 18th 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 London Business School was one step ahead and won over the high-caliber jury with its creative approach.

May 2012

Expanding in Asia

The firm opened a new office in Guangzhou, the fifth Roland Berger office in Greater China. The move continues the firm's commitment to a strategy of growth in Asia, and represents its third new office in the region in 2012, following on from openings in Seoul and Mumbai.

March 2012

Back to School

To strengthen and invest even more in employee development, the company founded the Roland Berger School of Strategy and Economics. The school is the firm's new research, knowledge and teaching unit and offers innovative training tools for employees and external target groups.

February 2012

Making a difference in education

The firm announced that the focus of its corporate citizenship effort-including pro bono projects and corporate volunteering efforts-will be focused on education. The company collaborates closely with the Roland Berger Foundation to champion equality of opportunities. The foundation offers scholarships for children from socially disadvantaged families and develops an individual support plan for each talented pupil.

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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: Prof. Dr. Burkhard Schwenker
  • 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)
    Boston, MA
    Chicago, IL
    Detroit, MI
    New York, NY
    51 offices in 36 countries worldwide

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