Senior Partner Emeritus and Senior Advisor
Since joining Boston Consulting Group in 1994, Rainer Strack has led projects on strategy, process optimization, culture, organization, transformation, change, talent, and human resources management in many industries. From 1996 to 1998, he was based in BCG's office in Boston as a BCG Ambassador. In 2001, he was elected Partner & Managing Director, and in 2008, Senior Partner & Managing Director. In 2008 he was also appointed as one of the first BCG Fellows by BCG´s CEO.
Rainer has built and led BCG’s work in HR globally for ten years. He was the head of the People & Organization practice in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa for more than ten years, and also served as lead for the Social Impact practice in Germany. In 2001, he received the Erich Gutenberg Award for the development and implementation of new HR and customer-controlling concepts.
In 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017, and 2019 the journal Personalmagazin named Rainer one of the 40 leading minds in human resources in Germany—the only member of a top consulting firm to receive this distinction; and in 2021 he was inducted into the HR Hall of Fame in Germany. He has authored more than 100 reports and articles, on topics such as HR controlling and demographic risk management, and strategic workforce planning, published in the Harvard Business Review. He was a member of the Global Agenda Council for talent mobility of the World Economic Forum, co-leading the Future of Work initiative of the World Economic Forum and presenting several times in Davos. In 2014, he gave a widely viewed TED.com talk (more than 2 million views) on the topic of the global workforce crisis. In 2015, he completed a 1.5-year-long EMCC practitioner program to become an executive coach.
What 11,000 workers around the world tell us about their ideal post-pandemic workplace.
Our analysis of more than 15 million job postings reveals the future of work.
A global survey of 16,600 industrial sector employees reveals changing attitudes about work, what’s important on the job, and the training needed to stay ahead.
In a global survey, 9,900 digital workers shared their attitudes about remote work, job change, and what their ideal workplace should offer. Employers, take note.
What employees in the industry tell us about remote work, job preferences, automation, and learning.
With well-informed planning and thoughtful implementation, stakeholders can ensure that the automotive industry continues to be a strong and stable motor for employment in Europe.
A joint study by BCG and the World Federation of People Management Associations, based on a global survey, focuses on three priority areas for HR action.
A study of 209,000 people in 190 countries shows the appeal of professional reinvention at an uncertain time.
A study of 209,000 people in 190 countries hints at how workplaces will have to change in the future.
An in-depth analysis of the US, Germany, and Australia shows how technology will disrupt labor markets by 2030—displacing millions of workers but creating new opportunities as well.
The function has a critical role to play in building future-ready organizations. To meet that challenge, HR needs to transform itself.