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
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