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Strategy framework interview prep

 
#1 Strategy framework interview prep
23/04/2007 13:55

Cub

Hi,

I am preparing for case study interviews with MBBB and come from a non-business academic background. I have been learning different frameworks/ topics to structure my case studies. Below is a list of those which I have been concentrating on. Are there any more that I should be looking at? Are these all sensible approaches? Any other help? I should add that I know these are not good enough in isolation and that I should be practicing their application to actual cases.

4 'Ps'

4 'Cs'

5 'Cs'

Porter's 5 forces

Value chain

Cost-revenue model

Ansoff Growth Matrix

Porter's generic strategies

Customer Segmentation

PEST analysis

Also, are there any approaches that I should definitely NOT be using?

Many thanks

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#2 RE: Strategy framework interview prep
23/04/2007 15:14

The Senior Vice President to Cub (#1)

By all means use frameworks if it gives you confidence, but why not develop your own on the fly? Use common sense and whatever diagrams or tables etc help you put your thoughts down on paper.

Your list is good but misses out SWOT which is a fairly useful one.

Any decent case study will utilise your common sense and ability to structure problems logically rather than your ability to memorise the axes of the Ansoff growth matrix or similar.

Good luck!

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#3 RE: Strategy framework interview prep
23/04/2007 15:44

Cub to The Senior Vice President (#2)

Thanks VP.

I'll certainly try to be a bit more creative on the day - I hope to use these frameworks as guidance more than anything. If it is obvious that something isn't appropriate or there's a glaring omission, I'm happy to change them. However, coming from a non-business background, I find them useful just to reassure myself that I've not missed anything out.

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#4 RE: Strategy framework interview prep
23/04/2007 16:05

anon to Cub (#3)

Help!!!

I've got case study interview with Accenture soon, and I don't know this stuff. I'm applying for IT Strategy.

I could read a book but it's no substitute for MBA knowledge etc.

Can anyone recommend a book to help?

Thanks.

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#5 RE: Strategy framework interview prep
23/04/2007 17:46

be good to anon (#4)

http://www.quickmba.com/strategy/

http://www.netmba.com/strategy/

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