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Framework for public companies

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Naman asked on Jan 09, 2020

Hello All,

I was wondering if there is any framework for public companies (for example Ministry of Finance) and if there is any framework for Non profits.

Would love to see your approach.

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Vlad
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replied on Jan 09, 2020
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Hi,

These types of cases are actually pretty traditional, especially for McKinsey. The reason why people think that they are rare is that the casebooks (that are in general not a good source of cases) almost don't have them

Feel free to reach me if you need a prep on them.

To provide a bit of structure, there are several types of non-profit cases:

  1. Factors influencing the price (What are the factors influencing the price of oil? Factors influencing the price of real estate?)
  2. Macroeconomic cases (How will you improve life expectancy in a particular city? How will you decrease the unemployment?)
  3. Public sector non-profits (Increasing the revenues of a museum; increasing the revenues from tourism in a city)
  4. Redesigning the processes (How will you develop a new anti-monopoly regulation?)
  5. Non-profit investments (A billionaire is building a new school. What are the factors to look at?)
  6. 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 personally consider them as a separate type of cases that is pretty traditional in the offices performing a lot of ops projects.

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Luca
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replied on Jan 10, 2020
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Hello,

If you mean standard business case where your client is a non profit, you can still use the same frameworks. You have just to be careful to adapt them with the target of the client. It's not given, for example, that a non profit organization doesn't want to increase his revenues (to reinvest that money in other initiatives).
It really depends on the typology of case, feel free to send me an example to discuss it.

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Luca

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Naman on Jan 10, 2020

I think I should have been clearer. I am trying to understand the broad areas to look at when the client is a from the public sector. For example, Ministry of Finance - Saudi Arabia

Antonello
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replied on Jan 09, 2020
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Hi Naman,
do you mean industry-related frameworks to solve consulting cases or you are preparing cases for NPO/public companies? In the latter case, it strongly depends on the interview format, but if they assess you with business cases, typical consulting frameworks you can find here and on Cosentino would be very helpful.

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Antonello

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Naman on Jan 10, 2020

I was preparing for BCG Middle east office. They work with a lot of public companies. So was wondering if we have something for that.

Clara
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Hello!

From your message I understand that you are "trying to understand the broad areas to look at when the client is a from the public sector"

However, it totally depends on what the case is asking you for. As outlined by previous answers, public companies are many times no different than private ones in terms of what they want and the problems they are facing. Hence, don´t make the mistake of thinking they need a totally different approach.

What determines the approach is mostly the case prompt, not the type of client/industry.

Hope it helps!

Cheers,

Clara

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