Case | HBS Case Collection | April 2009 (Revised July 2010)

Corporate Solutions at Jones Lang LaSalle (2001)

by Ranjay Gulati and Lucia Menzer Marshall


Peter Barge, CEO of the newly created Corporate Solutions Group of Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL), is executing a restructuring of the U.S. corporate real estate services division that will enable the company to offer its clients integrated solutions. Barge has created an account management function to coordinate the activities of the three product-based business units which, until now, have operated autonomously. As he is executing the restructuring, Bank of America, an important account of the firm, announces its intention to reduce its providers to the two or three who can offer forward-looking, integrated services. While Barge's new organization is not yet fully in place, he is determined to win the Bank of America business and moves quickly to hire a senior account manager and establish an organizational architecture that will encourage collaboration within his group. The case examines the many tradeoffs Barge must make in balancing the benefits of the former organization with those of the new structure to achieve the firm's strategic goal of becoming more customer-solutions oriented.

Keywords: Business Divisions; Restructuring; Customer Relationship Management; Organizational Design; Organizational Structure; Corporate Strategy; Integration;


Gulati, Ranjay, and Lucia Menzer Marshall. "Corporate Solutions at Jones Lang LaSalle (2001)." Harvard Business School Case 409-111, April 2009. (Revised July 2010.)