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Rainer Strack: People Advantage

strack_rainer_thumb_lgRainer Strack is a senior partner and managing director in BCG’s Düsseldorf office. He leads the People & Organization practice area in Europe and is a coleader of the People Advantage topic area worldwide.

Rainer has been a BCG Fellow since 2008. His research topic is people advantage, which deals with the ability of companies to generate competitive advantage through people management strategies. Demographic risk management, strategic workforce planning, people strategies, and Workonomics® are cornerstones of people advantage.

Since joining the firm in 1994, Rainer has led a wide range of projects in strategy, control, restructuring, organization, and HR management. From 1996 to 1998, he was based in BCG’s Boston office under the auspices of BCG’s Ambassador Program.

In 2001, he received the Erich Gutenberg Award for the development of new HR and customer control concepts and their implementation. He has authored numerous articles, two of which have been published in Harvard Business Review. He is a member of the editorial board of the journal Zeitschrift Führung + Organisation (ZFO).

In 2007 and 2009, the journal Personnel named him one of the 40 leading minds in human resources in Germany—the only consultant from a leading consulting firm to receive this distinction. Rainer is the initiator of one of the most comprehensive reports on HR, published in 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010 jointly with the World Federation of People Management Associations and the European Association of People Management.

Rainer holds a master’s degree in physics, a master’s degree in business, and a PhD in physics (with distinction) from the Technical University of Aachen (RWTH Aachen University). For his doctoral dissertation, he won the University’s Borchers Award. Strack’s university and PhD studies were sponsored by the German National Merit Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes, top 1 percent of German students). In 2008, he was named an honorary professor at the Universität Witten/Herdecke (the oldest German private university).

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