Chapter 3

Organizational Structure

Managing Corporate Real Estate & Facilities: Leading and Emerging Practices

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Nearly one-third of CRE&F leaders anticipate major restructuring of their teams, while 66% anticipate near-term organizational changes.

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  • The most common C-level reporting hierarchies for CRE&F continue to be the CFO, the COO, and the CHRO.
  • Workplace strategy and reporting and analytics are tied for greatest need for new or different skills within CRE&F teams, followed closely by change management.
  • 76% percent of respondents noted CRE&F’s management structure is either primarily or completely centralized—consistent with last year’s study.
  • CRE&F teams are most often organized by function/service area, with geography a close second.


A staggering two-thirds of CRE&F teams are planning for near-term organizational changes.

Of note, 21% of respondents anticipate their CRE&F team size will increase in the coming year and 8% expect their team size to decrease.

Figure 7: Is the CRE&F organization anticipating any organizational changes during the next 12 months? Please select all that apply

Source: Managing Corporate Real Estate & Facilities: Leading and Emerging Practices, 2024.

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