Case Solving and Case Studies

What is Case Solving?

The concept of Case Solving in the context of consultancy refers to the ability to propose a solution to a more or less complex question. There are several ways how to approach such cases, which are supposed to present complex, unstructured problems with no unique and definite solutions. Cases are real-life or fictitious situations in which you have to reason your solving decisions. Case Solving is challenging but since we will equip you with the necessary skills to solve cases, including relevant concepts, communication and analytical skills, you will be able to solve cases confidently during for instance the upcoming assessment centers.

What are Case Studies?

A business case study is a document describing the operations, goals, challenges, and opportunities of a company. As an educational tool, case studies offer a practical way to gain insights into the workings of a firm. In the approach popularized by the Harvard  Business School, small teams of students are given a case with the task to read through and analyze it. Students are also expected to propose solutions to the challenges experienced by the case company, and to present that solution in a structured format.

How are Case Studies used in consulting?

In consulting, every project with a client is a case study. Most projects are even called “cases”. Both case studies and consulting cases have a company with its unique set of issues at the center, with a team trying to analyze these problems, and propose strategic solutions.

When working for a consulting firm however, the client is more engaged: they participate in interviews and meetings. This aspect is modeled in case competitions, where the team has the chance to ask questions to the company’s representatives which sits in the jury.

What skills will you learn from Case Studies?

  • Problem Solving Skills
  • Team Work and Conflict Management Skills
  • Communication and Presentation Skills

Cases are designed to be challenging situations where case solvers can develop their approach to team leadership and organization, while simultaneously develop their analytical skills.

The case study method also incorporates the idea, that students can learn from on another by engaging with each other and with each other’s ideas. By asserting something and then having it questioned, challenged and thrown back at them, they can reflect on what they hear, and then refine what they say.

How can Case Solving help you finding your career?

businessman-standing-in-his-office-picjumbo-comVery simply put, if you are good at solving case studies, then it means you are good at asking the right questions. You are also skilled at in working in a team and at analyzing data. These three qualities are very important for working in consulting, but will also help you in other professions.

Being so similar to the actual work they do, consulting firms have used cases to test candidates for decades. Seeing their practical relevance, other industries are also increasingly using case studies to assess the skills of job applicants. Thus, getting proficient at case solving is important for anyone seeking a graduate position in business.

Who will hold the Case Solving events?

Case solving events will either be hosted by companies or by Case Solvers, an organization specializing in case solving. They have outstanding references and have hosted such events all over the world. For more information, please visit their website.


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