Supplement | HBS Case Collection | March 2013 (Revised October 2013)

Growing Integrated Services at Jones Lang LaSalle (2008) (C)

by Ranjay Gulati and Luciana Silvestri

Abstract

This case describes the strategic and organizational challenges that Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) faced between 2005 and 2008. Having dismantled its long-standing service-line-oriented structure, JLL created two interdependent groups: Accounts and Markets. Accounts housed account managers who served JLL's corporate clients. Markets housed brokers specialized in a certain geography. JLL helped drive integration between Accounts and Markets by emphasizing work at the "intersections" between both groups, i.e., instances that required combining both groups' resources. By 2008, however, JLL was facing challenges associated with harnessing the potential of this new structure. There was more growth that could be obtained from penetrating local markets, and top management wondered how to best strengthen their brokerage team. The acquisition of Spaulding and Slye, a renowned Boston-based firm, provided instant growth in some key markets, but organic growth was harder to achieve. While the industry paid brokers with a commission model, JLL did so with a salary and bonus model that aligned well with JLL's culture but proved unattractive to new recruits. Americas CEO Peter Roberts outlines the alternatives JLL analyzed as they considered how to strengthen the organization while maintaining its values and integrity. This case is the third in a case series that also comprises cases A, B, and D, and collectively covers JLL's evolution between the years 1999 and 2012.

Keywords: Organizational Structure; Strategy; Integration; Real Estate Industry; North America; South America; Central America;

Citation:

Gulati, Ranjay, and Luciana Silvestri. "Growing Integrated Services at Jones Lang LaSalle (2008) (C)." Harvard Business School Supplement 113-116, March 2013. (Revised October 2013.)