2019 Vault Rankings
“Entrepreneurship, freedom to have initiative”
“Trustful and open culture”
“Challenging international projects”
“Presence in the U.S. could be stronger”
“Travel and hours can become challenging”
"Good name in strategy consulting."
From its humble beginning as a small, one-man consulting firm, Roland Berger 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.
In Europe, Roland Berger's 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 or Portugal. Since the late nineties, Roland Berger has been active in the Middle East and Africa. Offices are located in Bahrain, Lebanon, the United Arab Emirates and Casablanca. Due to the growth potential, the firm also supports international and local clients in other countries in the region.
A literate bunch
Roland Berger has no shortage of publications available to the public and its clients. Outside of book publications, the firm's THINK ACT series of magazines, booklets, and newsletters discusses perspectives and opinions on top issues relevant to business decision makers and presents "cutting edge research and analysis" on a specific topic with 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.
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 set up a new support program for unaccompanied refugee minors.
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.
In the meantime Terra Numerata™ has grown into a global network of more than 55 partners today, including startups, accelerators, incubators, investors, data scientists, design thinking agencies, prototypers, developers, etc.. 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.
In cooperation with VISA, Roland Berger founded "Spielfeld" a digital innovation hub in Berlin. Spielfeld is a curated co-working space where corporates, start-ups and consultants work side by side. Roland Berger fosters an atmosphere of innovation including start-up pitches, networking events and coaching sessions.
In Paris, Roland Berger is collaborating with NUMA a start-up incubator and accelerator, one of the key reference points of the digital environment in France. Roland Berger offers e.g. Digital Labs, prototype development, innovation workshops and the launch of innovative start-ups with disruptive business models.
IN THE NEWS
Annual Meeting of LGBT community 'Just be' spurs diversity action
Members of the firm's global community for lesbian and gay colleagues (Just be) got together in Amsterdam for a day of networking and brainstorming. The group discussed how to get even more active in raising awareness about diversity at Roland Berger and creating an even more diverse employee base. The meeting follows a range of activities to push the diversity initiatives of the firm including for example recruitment events and trainings for female candidates in several cities around the globe.
Charles-Edouard Bouée reelected as CEO
At their regular biannual meeting in Munich, the Roland Berger Partners reelected Charles-Edouard Bouée as the CEO of the firm. The reelection follows a period of strong global business development. "As a firm, we will continue to forge ahead while doing exactly what we advise our clients, which is to continue to build a responsive and flexible organization capable of exploiting the potential and opportunities offered by digital technology", says Bouée. "Digital, tech expertise and cutting-edge management approaches are embedded in our DNA. We will further invest in our Terra Numerata™ (Link) ecosystem in order to meet all our clients' requirements in digital projects. But what makes us truly special is our ability to think and act as a partnership – and add value as a partner: for our clients, our colleagues, for evolving business ecosystems and for society at large." Read more (Link)
Think: Act "Artificial Intelligence" – Roland Berger's magazine wins gold
By 2026, Artificial Intelligence will be a fully-fledged industry, reaching into every corner of the economy. AI applications will permeate all areas of human activity, from mobility and information to food, leisure and healthcare. What exactly do people mean when they talk about AI in 2018? What will be the future of work? Roland Berger's corporate magazine about Artificial Intelligence won gold in the Best of Content Marketing Award. Read the full magazine here (Link)
Job training for the less fortunate
For a group of 30 French citizens currently out of work, Friday April 13 may well have provided a decisive step forward for picking up their career. In collaboration with the French NGO Aurore, 15 Roland Berger colleagues coached 30 men and women on professional communication, job etiquette and how to prepare successful applications. The agenda offered a mix of presentations, group sessions and one-on-one coaching slots. Roland Berger encourages its employees to contribute to social inclusion by leveraging their professional skills.
Teaching entrepreneurship with spaghetti
In April, colleagues from the Roland Berger Dubai office joined a group of school children for a "Give and Gain" day in collaboration with the Growing Leaders Foundation and the Dubai Chamber of Commerce. They had an amazing time teaching 10 and 11 year olds from Dubai's Safa British School what it means to be an entrepreneur and, more specifically, how to build an app. The kids had huge fun coming up with unique ideas for an app, making a paper prototype and building actual structures using marshmallows and spaghetti (uncooked, obviously). In fact, the activity offered the students a head start for a project they are preparing for the World Expo 2020 in Dubai. The corporate volunteering initiative of the colleagues in the Middle East reflects that entrepreneurship is an integral part of Roland Berger's company culture.
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