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Case Study Prompt

Buildbig Inc. is a commercial real estate development company in the United States, operating mainly in the New York metropolitan area. 

The company has several branches throughout the tri- state area but has most of its business in New York State. Buildbig is owned by the influential Rockgate family and has been in business for decades. 

The company engages in land acquisition and commercial property development and construction.

The management team recently made some rather unsuccessful investments  in an attempt to grow Buildbig’s business. 

The CEO is asking you for advice on their future growth strategy. 

How would you approach the request made by the Buildbig CEO?

Case Study Overview

This is a Strategy& case study practice example that will test your knowledge of market growth. Your client is eager to grow but has recently made some investments that didn’t pay off. The CEO has come to you asking for advice and a growth strategy. It’s your job is to analyze the data and consider all possibilities to provide an informed recommendation.

We recommend using the Market Study (market entry) Framework to solve this case study practice example, but don’t settle for just working the framework. Tap into your business experience come with a fresh, creative approach. The most sought after candidates know how to use the frameworks, but make them their own.

There are no math exhibits in this case. This a beginner level case interview with a qualitative difficulty score of 2 out of 4. This case study is  ideal for a first round interview at Strategy&.

Strategy& Interview Tips

What does Strategy& look for in its case interview candidates? Innovation and creative problem solving.

Make sure you are ready to find unique solutions to problems and come ready to work outside the existing framework.

In this case, focus on a couple of things:

  1. Time yourself as you walk through the case (2min to build structure and 2min to present it; 2min each for a brainstorming question; 2min for final recommendation)
  2. Focus on finding one area you work on next time. .

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