Dear Audience, Roland Berger Strategy Consultants conducted its first corporate headquarters study in 1999. Since then, the study has gone beyond the standard benchmarking analyses and focused on specific issues that concern modern corporate headquarters. Increasingly complex business environments are creating fresh challenges for corporate headquarters and therefore require new approaches to value creation.
The latest installment in the series finds that Western European companies are in the midst of redefining the role of their headquarters. This includes turning corporate centers into key drivers of operations and headquarters assuming functions that go beyond representation, management and governance.
Corporate Headquarters | Strategic Management
Why this expansion in size and function? Our interview Partner, Fabian Huhle, Principal at Roland Berger Strategy Consultants, will explain that today’s enterprises are facing , a dilemma he calls the „parenting advantage paradox“. While the cost of corporate headquarters is a significant burden, ranging between 2% and almost 7% of sales on average, the financial resources available to headquarters are shrinking. Companies can elude this catch only by demonstrating that their headquarters are adding true value to operations, he says.
Contact Mr. Fabian Huhle: firstname.lastname@example.org