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PWC Strategy Group Case Study

 
#1 PWC Strategy Group Case Study
22/04/2009 23:14

Paul

Hi,

Does anyone have a clue what type of case study PWC uses in their recruitment process?

Is it more aligned to blue sky strategy or is it more aligned to due diligence?

Any reasonable and genuine insight is welcomed.

Thanks.

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#2 RE: PWC Strategy Group Case Study
23/04/2009 02:26

PW to Paul (#1)

For the V&S Advisory group (PwC Strategy)? Usually based on a set of accounts and asking you to analyse them - produce appropriate ratios, explain them and why you'd use them. Identify discrepancies and how you'd investigate them. Very similar to the assurance case studies, but with more focus on calculating the bottom line valuation to close the case.

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#3 RE: PWC Strategy Group Case Study
23/04/2009 07:55

Bean Counter to PW (#2)

If going through accounts in fine detail and picking out discrepancies is their idea of 'strategy', I dread to think what their idea of 'audit' is.

To be on the safe side, I think I'll steer clear of them for the time being.

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#4 RE: PWC Strategy Group Case Study
23/04/2009 12:00

PwC Strat to Bean Counter (#3)

It is similar to an audit snce we check the value of a company so you can make the strategy about how much to ask/offer and make the informed negotiation about risky parts in the biz.

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#5 RE: PWC Strategy Group Case Study
23/04/2009 12:19

Bean Counter to PwC Strat (#4)

That's not strategy, that's 'due diligence'. Are PWC really calling DD 'strategy' these days?

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#6 RE: PWC Strategy Group Case Study
23/04/2009 17:13

Ben to Bean Counter (#5)

That's what PwC's Strategy group has been all along though, hasn't it? I don't think there's any pretence that it's anything else.

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#7 RE: PWC Strategy Group Case Study
23/04/2009 19:02

someone who actually knows to Paul (#1)

If you actually mean the Strategy group - as opposed to the valuations stream - then the case study is not dissimilar to the likes of McK, BCG, Bain - i.e. market sizing, etc. I can say this, as I've been through them all.

That said, I understand that the strategy group in practice is 75% commercial due-diligence and 25% corporate strategy (of some form or other).

I have a friend who works there and they confirm this is the case... though they say it's pretty miserable there at the moment... as they have merged with the boring accounting types.... (i.e. valuations and some other bods). anyone know any more about this merger thing? it sounds pretty grim.

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#8 RE: PWC Strategy Group Case Study
23/04/2009 21:44

Newbie to someone who actually knows (#7)

As a potential grad joiner to PwC's Valuations division - I too would like some clarification of whether the role is effectively due diligence.

I was advised that they focused on "business unit strategy" as opposed to the broader "blue sky" work.

Even so, I assume that this would involve some of the market analysis etc... type work associated with a "pure" strategy firm.

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#9 RE: PWC Strategy Group Case Study
24/04/2009 01:45

Paul to Newbie (#8)

Hi someone who actually knows,

So are you saying that their case study would not really relate to CDD (pseudo-quantatitive focussed as PW stated) but would be more blue-sky strategy (analytical-thinking focussed)? Or is it a mixture of both?

Can you provide me with examples of questions you were asked when you went through the process (if you can still remember)?

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