Recently, thanks to the nearing of deadlines, each weekend has been dedicated to finishing or working on projects for classes. Last week it was Brand Strategy and this weekend Competitive Strategy. Comp Strat, or Consulting 101, has been a great class.
For those of us heading to Consulting after graduation, it’s almost a must-have. The first part of the class is lecture around different types of analysis and concepts that can effect a business and how they can help a person develop an effective strategy. The second half of the class consists of teams of 4 presenting their analysis and recommendations for cases that were assigned during the first week.
Our team’s case is Bernard Matthews (giant turkey company in the UK). We have to make recommendations on where BM should go in the future. Should they continue to expand only in the UK or move on to the European Community (time line is 1990)?
I’ve enjoyed working with our group. We work well together and that’s a good thing considering that over the last 2 days we’ve been together approximately 18 hours. Two meetings, one around 10 hours the other 8; thank goodness we get along reasonably well.
The deck is essentially complete. We only have a little more analysis on the valuations to do, but all is good.
The professor takes the presenting teams out for a drink at the end of the class. Now that will be time together well spent.