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Roland Berger launches "Expert Network" implementation service

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Munich: German strategy consulting firm Roland Berger Strategy Consultants today launched what it claims is a "landmark" implementation service called "Expert Network".

  • "Expert Network" offers Roland Berger clients quick, sustainable and hands-on implementation together with external experts
  • The offering ranges from action programs to longer-term deployment of individual industry experts
  • The initial 500-strong expert pool of the network managed by Roland Berger is comprised of in-house consultants as well as hand-picked managers and specialists
  • Target clients are industrial companies in the automotive and engineered products sectors, initially in German-speaking countries

Launching the new service Roland Berger said that the time honoured strategy consulting maxim — first strategy, then implementation — no longer works today.

"Many of our clients have to quickly adapt to new circumstances: they can't wait for strategic decisions to be taken, they have to provide operational support in the process," said Professor Dr. Burkhard Schwenker, CEO of Roland Berger Strategy Consultants.

"With this new offering, we launch a landmark service and respond to our clients' need for rapid and sustainable implementation. The 'Expert Network' embodies our claim: 'Creative strategies that work'."

The new service will see Roland Berger draw on a network of experts to put together tailored teams that correspond to the client's needs. The teams include Roland Berger consultants, external experts with comprehensive practical experience and former corporate executives. Together they will implement the strategy on-site in the client's operations, or enrich strategy projects with highly specialized technical know-how.

The external experts will be subject to a strict selection process and all the members of the network will undergo a regular certification process at Roland Berger Strategy Consultants, which includes evaluations of actual project work.

Initial focus on German-speaking countries

At first, the new offering will include about 500 experts and focus primarily on the German-speaking market. The target clients are companies and groups in the automotive and engineered products industries, which traditionally have extensive operational activities. The network's experts will, for example, analyze costs, improve production effectiveness and ensure that business targets are met sustainably.

"We aim to expand the full offering to include other industries and markets over the medium term," Schwenker said.

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