Case in Point book: What to Take and What to Leave


Case in Point, the book by Mark Cosentino is called the Bible of consulting by the Wall Street Journal, no less.


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This is an excellent book that I recommend you buy or to read from your university library. But how is this book structured? That is the subject of this article!


The Structure of the Case in Point Book


The first 10 pages of the book are dedicated to the “fit” part of the interview. This is common sense advice, but I recommend you go much further than what the Case in Point offers, so you can really take off in this first part of your interviews. But the heart of Mr. Cosentino’s book is clearly not dedicated to the fit section, so I will dwell no more on it. Just remember that your preparation should not stop at this book on the content fit section.

Then, the author introduces the case studies: it gives the objective, good practices, and provides advice; here again good sense content and it should be read without more ambition than that. The book is very well written, and here is a good introduction to the consulting cases.

Sections of Case in Point Dedicated to Case Studies


The third part is the presentation of the Ivy Case System, the methodological backbone of the book. In addition to common sense advice, the author presents 12 scenarios of typical cases: for example the case “entry into a new market.” For each typical case, the author proposes a resolution. There are also typical structures: e.g., to treat the case “entry into a new market,” the key steps and related questions to ask are presented in a structured way.

The fourth part is dedicated to the presentation of the classical frameworks of strategy consulting, as for example, Porter Forces, the 5 C and 4 P…

The fifth part of the book is devoted to practical cases training. The originality, which does a disservice to the readers, is that the solutions of the cases are given in the form of a transcript of the discussion between a candidate and a virtual interviewer. This gives a pleasant feel, because it is easy to read, but can easily get the reader lost as the discussion is quickly very specific and does not provide a clear structure for the case analysis.

So there are two phases you will go through in reading this reference book. First, the theoretical phase consists of the first four chapters: you will learn or relearn things known and review typical business reasoning that Mr. Cosentino has taken the time to structure. In some ways it’s the learning phase. Then the practice phase, and … wham! The book is fluid and sometimes reads even a bit like a novel — for motivated candidates needless to say — this means it generates a lot of confusion concerning the application of theoretical concepts in practical case studies. Thisis paradoxical for a book on case studies preparation! I reconfirm that I still recommend it. Just read the other articles in this section of the site to discover why!


Other Resources On Case in Point Book


Links of interest - Case In Point Amazon Page

- Marc Cosentino Site
Videos on this topic - Case in Point Review in French
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