Business Case Study

The goal of the business case is to assess how you approach a business challenge.

  • Objective: prepare a presentation outline for a consulting approach based on an article (in English) that explains the challenges facing a company.
  • Deliverable: PowerPoint with the basic theme (this is not a design contest)
  • Timing: 2 hours, broken down in
    • 90 min: your preparation on your own
    • 30 min: discussion around your work

There's nothing specific to prepare but some classic business frameworks and methodologies could help you structure your approach (SWOT, value chain etc. but not mandatory / not exhaustive).

What's important is how you structure your approach. If you are not familiar with consulting presentation, you might want to familiarise yourself on how consultants structure their presentations.

If you have a laptop with which you're comfortable, feel free to bring it with you; otherwise we'll provide you with one.
You'll have unrestricted internet access as part of the case study.

Suggested readings if you are not familiar with a business case

Data Case Study

The purpose of this test is to assess some of your technical capabilities; there is nothing to prepare.

  • Objective: answer basic and more advanced questions based on data provided to you, and detail the approach you have followed to get to your results.
  • Deliverable: results of analysis and answer to the initial questions.
  • Timing: 2 hours, broken down in
    • 90 min: your preparation on your own
    • 30 min: discussion around your work

 Technical aspects

  • You will be provided with a CSV file containing all the required data
  • You can use any tool you like to work on the data (but it has to be installed prior to the case)
  • If you have a laptop with which you're comfortable, freel free to bring it with you; otherwise we'll provide you with one, with the following tools pre-installed :
    • Excel
    • R (and R Studio)
    • Knime
    • Python
    • Anatella/TIMi

How to Nail your case study

Mind the following tips

  • What is asked for the case study? What is in the scope, what isn't?
  • Manage your time well. What needs fine tuning? What is good enough to present?
  • Manage the tools and resources at your disposal (the Internet is a big place)
  • Structure your output
  • Be able to explain the approach you used to process the data and answer the questions