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

Jones Lang LaSalle: Reorganizing around the Customer (2005)

by Ranjay Gulati and Lucia Menzer Marshall


Peter Roberts, CEO of Jones, Lang, LaSalle (JLL) Americas division, has been charged with expanding the company's presence in its core geographic markets while simultaneously growing its corporate account business. Roberts and his task force have narrowed their options to two proposals. The first is an enhancement of the account management model put in place in 2001 where independent service units co-existed with an account management group. The second is a realignment of the firm's operations around geography and key accounts. By examining the tradeoffs required by each option, the case illustrates the tensions involved in structuring an organization around product, geography, and key customers. It also explores the importance of aligning strategic choices with organizational architecture.

Keywords: Decision Choices and Conditions; Global Strategy; Growth and Development Strategy; Organizational Structure; Business Strategy; Real Estate Industry;


Gulati, Ranjay, and Lucia Menzer Marshall. "Jones Lang LaSalle: Reorganizing around the Customer (2005)." Harvard Business School Case 410-007, August 2009. (Revised July 2010.)