Roland Berger Strategy Consultants at a Glance


  • "Ability to drive your career and the business in entrepreneurial ways."
  • "Responsibilities and great opportunities from day one."
  • "Great people, a lot of learning opportunities."


  • "Low brand recognition."
  • "German bureaucracy."
  • "Long hours, a lot of travelling."

The Buzz

  • "Strong mid-sized firm."
  • "German McKinsey."
  • "Conservative."
  • "Specialists, subscale."

About Roland Berger Strategy Consultants

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; 25 of the firm's 50 offices worldwide are located in Europe, with offices in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, North 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.  The presence on the North American market was strengthened with the opening of the Chicago office in 2008, and in Boston and Montreal 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 100 books since their inception: The Roland Berger Institute, 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. 

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 up to €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. The program currently provides scholarships to over 800 primary and secondary school students. In addition to this, the Foundation has recently set up a new support program for unaccompanied refugee minors. 


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 2014, Roland Berger founded the digital business platform Terra NumerataTM to help companies proactively shape their own digitalization agenda. It consists of a network of partnerships, aimed at helping businesses fully enter the digital era and connecting the highly fragmented digital business landscape. Terra NumerataTM is open to incubators, investors, technology providers, and all digital players. The goal is to bring together firms of different sizes from different segments to help them form alliances and push digital innovation, e.g. by inventing new business models, and thus support the digitalization. 


June 2015

Roland Berger CEO member of Harvard alumni board

20 years after Roland Berger CEO Charles-Edouard Bouée graduated with an MBA from Harvard Business School, his alma mater has appointed him a member of the School's Alumni Board. The Board provides input, expertise, and feedback to the leadership of HBS' External Relations department and the School.

The Partners of Roland Berger elected Charles-Edouard Bouée CEO in June 2014. He 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. Charles-Edouard Bouée has authored numerous books about management principles, combining his experience in Asia, the US and Europe. 

April 2015

Roland Berger Human Dignity Award

The Roland Berger Foundation conferred the Human Dignity Award for the sixth time. In light of current events, the 2015 award ceremony focused on the subject of refugees. Germany's foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, the former President fo the European Commission Romano Prodi and founder Roland Berger presented the award to the Maltese laywer and director of the Jesuit Refugee Service in Malta, Katrine Camilleri, to the Eritrean-Italian human rights activist, Alganesc Fessaha, and to the Congolese school organization, Petite Flamme. Read more.


December 2014

M&A Consultancy of the Year Award 2014

Mergermarket, an independent mergers and acquisitions intelligence and data service operating across Europe, crowned Roland Berger European M&A Consultancy of the Year 2014. The winners were chosen by an independent panel of judges. In their considerations, the judges assessed the strategic nature as well as the complexity of the deals worked on, the financial requirements and the groundbreaking or novel nature of the deals. Over the last four years Roland Berger has intensified its activities in this field, developed a Global Investor Support Group, and hired commercial due diligence experts in geographies where M&A support is most needed. Read more. 

December 2014

Empowerment through education

The Roland Berger Chicago office makes a Christmas donation to Great Lakes Academy, a charter school in Chicago's impoverished Southeast Side neighborhood. Roland Berger Project Manager Christopher Hoyes is one of the founders of the school which opened its doors to over 120 children in 2014. The school's mission is to prepare all of its students with the fundamental academic skills, critical thinking ability, and strength of character to excel in high school, college, and a career of their choice. Great Lakes Academy seeks to empower all of its students with the education that they will need today to change the world tomorrow. Learn more about the school.


November 2014

Award for Business Innovation

Roland Berger is the first consultancy to win the Saugatuck Beacon Award for Business Innovation which recognizes the firm's pioneering role in adopting digital business. The award ceremony took place in New York City and celebrated enterprises that have made measurable progress toward becoming digital businesses and have helped to shape the future of their company, their markets and their partner ecosystems. 

December 2013


The overwhelming majority of the Roland Berger 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, former CEO and former Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Roland Berger Strategy. Read more.

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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


  • Employer Type: Private
  • CEO: Charles-Edouard Bouée
  • 2015 Employees: 2,700

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  • Major Departments & Practices
    Corporate Development
    Information Management
    Marketing & Sales
    Operations Strategy
    Restructuring & Corporate Finance
    Consumer Goods & Retail
    Energy & Chemicals
    Engineered Products & High Tech
    Financial Services
    Pharma & Healthcare
    Public Services
    Engineered Products & High Tech
    Transaction support

Major Office Locations

  • Munich (Global HQ)
  • Boston
  • Chicago
  • Detroit
  • Montreal
  • 50 offices in 36 countries worldwide
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