What is Business Case Modelling?
Business case modelling (BCM) is an important process which enables a business to integrate its strategy and understanding of the firm’s future capability to aid in any strategic decision making. Business case modelling in M&A, or MBO, provides insight and information about the firm’s opportunities for growth and development as well as enabling better decision-making. This article will discuss how this tool fits into the overall conducting of an MBO.
The primary focus of this article is to discuss the benefits of BCM in a M&A context and how it can enable you to realise your strategy in decision-making that is advised by the CIO and CEO. The benefits of BCM in a M&A context will be discussed first, then how BCM can be integrated into an MBO. Then the purpose and benefits of each case study will be discussed with analysis on which case study application is most suitable for your business.
This article will first discuss about benefits of business case modelling in M&A. It will then discuss the 3 main steps of business case modelling and how it fits into an MBO. The article will then discuss two different types of business case modelling and how it can be applied to M&A, before discussing an example of a BCM conducted during an M&A, a PICUS (procure on-site conversion and integration super) project.
Firstly, the benefits will be discussed of BCM in a M&A context before going into the three main steps; inputs, outputs and planning. Secondly, the benefits will be discussed of BCM for converting into an MBO before going into how you can use BCM in an MBO. Finally, what types of case study application can best fit your business.
Business case modelling is a tool used to bring strategy ideas and future capability insights together to aid decision making within a firm. This article will discuss where BCM fits into the overall conducting of an MBO. It can aid the process of gaining insight and direction which will allow you to make better decisions over time. The benefits of BCM will be discussed, firstly the advantages of BCM in a M&A context and then the advantages of BCM for an MBO.
These advantages will be discussed from three aspects; what benefit the firm will gain through BCM applications, what impacts this might have for decision making within the firm and finally how these benefits can be realised. The second aspect to discuss which is how BCM can be integrated in an MBO. The purpose, benefits and context of each case study application will then be discussed, with sources cited to back up logical thinking.
The context of each case study will be used to show what applications can best fit your business. What impacts can be made on your business will then be discussed with analysis as well as how it might affect the firm. This article will finish by identifying the benefits of BCM in an MBO and its purpose and benefits, such as being able to cope with a time frame over which you have limited control.
Purpose of Business Case Modelling
The purpose of business case modelling is to bring together strategic thinking and future capability into one overall application that can aid in decision making within a firm. To bring strategy ideas together, the first step is by gaining knowledge through research and collecting information on the target company. This will then be followed by identifying the main processes and functions within the firm, which form the basis of your company. Through identifying these key processes, you will have identified the business’s strengths. This in turn enables you to take any gaps through which the firm could use in growth and development. The strategy is then analysed through comparison against a company’s objective or overall vision. From this, it is easy to see how BCM fits into an MBO because it provides an overall method for decision making for any planning or decisions that are needed by a firm in order to aid future growth and development.
Steps to take when adopting a Business Case Modelling Approach
There are four steps to BCM in a M&A context; inputs, outputs, planning and analysis. These steps will be discussed in the order that they should be completed. The first step is getting knowledge about the target company; to achieve this, you should investigate their business already and look for potential growth avenues through secondary research. This step will hopefully show you what areas can be promoted in your firm’s approach to business case modelling.
The next step is to identify processes and functions within the target firm’s business that mould your own business’ approach by identifying which processes are similar and where there are differences. This step will help you to understand their business processes, which will then make it more efficient for you to find any potential growth points.
The third step is to identify what opportunities there are for your company through identifying any gaps in the market and analysing these. This process might take time due to the fact that this kind of analysis can be time consuming; however, an important factor in this step is how it relates to a firm’s overall vision. This will help you when you are making decisions on whether or not they want to pursue the target company.
This step will also help you decide if the firm fits your strategic business case model, which is suggested by your firm’s strategy and vision. For instance, your firm might be pursuing a target company that they want to integrate into their business but they may decide against it if it is similar to one of their existing areas which affects the firm’s overall vision. The final step is then to analyse the information and data obtained from the previous steps and make decisions on how it should be used within your firm. This will show you what opportunities there are for potential growth, in other words, what you can do for your company through BCM.
In addition to this, it also allows you to understand where there is potential growth in relation with its vision and objective. This means that you can then use this in your overall calculations and decision making. With the information and data gained in your BCM, you will be able to make decisions on how best to utilise this information through planning. This step involves finding a way of prioritising what needs doing first so that you are able to achieve your goals. For example, you might use BCM as a way of identifying potential growth spots for your business or find out what areas need improvement.
The last step is then to evaluate the information and data found in the previous steps to see if it has been useful. After this step has been completed, you can then set goals for the next stage of your M&A process to start the next process of planning.
Business case modelling brings together two ideas into one application; strategy and decision making. BCM is able to do this because it is a practical method to incorporate strategic thinking in order to make decisions on where the business is going and what areas need attention. It is important that you understand what BCM can do for your firm prior to applying it as it will inform decision making throughout the duration of an MBO. The first thing that should be done prior to applying BCM, is identifying which processes are used in your company and how they are used within the firm.
A good way to do this is by looking at other firms’ marketing strategies, as you will get an idea if there are any common processes that are used in both your firm and the target firm.
The second step to doing this is identifying the functions of a business before going on to analyse them. It is important to understand how each process works in your company and how difficult it is for you to implement a new one in BCM because it may not be suitable for your firm. The last step prior to applying BCM is getting knowledge about the target company. This means that you need investigate their past as well as their present, and look for potential growth routes through secondary research.
To apply BCM, you will therefore need to collect information on the target company and contact the firm’s individual departments in order to get this information. BCM can provide a useful tool for decision making through being able to identify where gaps exist in a firm’s business. This is important because it is an effective way of making decisions by providing relevant information that relates to strategic business goals and objectives. Through BCM, you can find out what areas your firm needs to focus on so that you can achieve your goals.
However, it is important to remember that decisions made with BCM will not always be positive as this method is entirely based on information relating to a firm’s business and its growth processes. There are also some limitations associated with this; for example, it does not provide any insight into how a firm makes projections in the future. This is one of the reasons why the process of BCM should not be regarded as a decision making tool; rather, it can only aid you with decision making.
Business case modelling can still be applied to any MBO; however, this does not mean that strategic decision making that is undertaken by BCM will always be good decisions. In the business world, information can lead to risks and exposure to new opportunities but this will not always be the case so it is important to remember that you need to be able to identify when risk or opportunity may occur.
Business case modelling is a useful tool because it allows managers of a company to add value in their decision making process. It has been proven that strategic business case modelling gives managers a wider range of potential alternatives and helps them gather relevant information for decision making through being able to identify potential growth points within the firm. This is especially effective if the firm has an existing structure so that they can then look at how they could fully utilize these areas. BCM will help you to address common problems in your firm and business. It is important to consider how BCM can improve decision making within your firm by being able to gain relevant information relating to your business that is not otherwise available.
Advantages of Adopting a Business Case Modeling Approach
The main advantage of the BCM approach is that it allows managers to make decisions on the future of their company and the growth strategies that they will implement. Since it consists of strategic information, for example, financial data, sales forecasts and marketing plans, this makes it easier for companies to make investment decisions and reach long-term goals. It is therefore an efficient tool used by managers to analyse the performance of their services or products, develop strategies and focus on particular target audiences. BCM can be thought of as a way for managers to get a more focused view on possible growth opportunities since it brings together all data related to the company.
In addition to this, BCM helps managers to make better decisions by providing relevant information that relates to strategic business goals and objectives. This is especially effective if the firm has an existing structure so that they can then look at how they could fully utilize these areas. BCM will help you to address common problems in your firm and business. It is important to consider how BCM can improve decision making within your firm by being able to gain relevant information relating to your business that is not otherwise available.
In addition, BCM will make it simpler for the firm’s managers to combine all the data they have at their disposal regarding their services and products into one process prior to starting a new one. For this reason, BCM can be regarded as a tool for knowledge management, which can lead to better decision making and new growth areas in a firm’s business.
Limitations of Business Case Modeling Approach
One limitation of BCM is that it only provides data regarding the growth processes of a firm, which might not be all that useful if managers are looking to identify gaps in their business. The other limitation associated with this method is that it is not a decision making tool and therefore does not advise managers to act on the available information. Since BCM does not provide any advice on how to implement decisions relating to the future of a firm, this can be a problem as it means that there can be unwanted risks or missed opportunities with information used in this way.
In addition, since BCM is based on strategic data, firms may find this inadequate and unrealistic. In addition, the use of BCM can lead to managers underestimating the risk involved while they might believe they are taking a reasonable approach to their decisions. In this case, the results obtained by BCM can lead to poor decisions being taken because the potential risks and opportunities are underestimated by managers.
This is not just a problem with BCM; in fact, all decision making based on information is prone to limitations when a firm does not fully understand the process behind it. This means that managers must be aware of what information they have available in order to avoid making incorrect decisions. This can be done by getting help from a management consultancy firm that specializes in BCM.