Does anyone have a generic framework to think about public sector cases?
Public sector framework
There is no generic framework since the variability of public-sector cases is tremendous. Moreover, the overall "Generic framework" approach is the wrong direction in your case prep.
To provide a bit of structure, there are several types of public sector cases:
- Factors influencing the price (What are the factors influencing the price of oil? Factors influencing the price of real estate?)
- Macroeconomic cases (How will you improve life expectancy in a particular city? How will you decrease the unemployment?)
- Public sector non-profits (Increasing the revenues of a museum; increasing the revenues from tourism in a city)
- Redesigning the processes (How will you develop a new anti-monopoly regulation?)
- Non-profit investments (A billionaire is building a new school. What are the factors to look at?)
- Ops and cost-cutting (How to reduce the traffic jams on a bridge? A garbage processing facility is out of capacity, what should they do?)
I recommend always start with the objective. Two types of questions you should ask:
- Could you please clarify the model / business model? E.g. if a billionaire is building a new school, is it a school for talented kids, rich kids or mass segment? Is it going to generate revenues?
- What are the main criteria for success? Is it NPV, ROI, share talented kids entering the top Universities?
Feel free to reach out if you need help with these cases. I usually give a homework of 10 cases and then we go through them during a session
Focusing on The Core: Mock Interviews
It is to practice as many cases as possible - both as interviewee and as interviewee. Here are a couple of guidelines to help you get started
The case study is the most important element of the case interview, which you'll have to nail in order to get into strategic consulting. Here you can learn the specific skills and concepts necessary to solve them.