Featured case: Quiz Kerala: Spreading Knowledge

Share this page:
The case

Who – the protagonist

Snehaj Srinivas, founder and chief coordinator of Quiz Kerala.

What?

Quiz Kerala is an Indian organisation that provides infotainment services; with its major focus being on quiz management to educational institutions, corporate groups and government departments.

whyWhy?

Quizzing is immensely popular in India and Snehaj and his four young students wanted to promote the activity in their state of Kerala.

The team observed that quizzing was only open to an elite few in Kerala, but they soon made it very much inclusive, tapping into the state’s strong educational sector.

When?

Quiz Kerala was founded in 2000; originally called Dreamz Quiz Club. From 2010 onwards, the name was changed to Quiz Kerala in order to establish a better connection with the Kerala audience. The organisation is the market leader in the state.

keralaWhere?

Kerala is located deep in southern India, enjoying warm weather all year round.

Key quote

“The organised quizzing market in India was estimated to be around $30 million and growing.” – the case highlights what a major player quizzing is in India.

What next?

Snehaj knew that he wanted to grow the business and expand nationally, but how could he achieve this? Turn Quiz Kerala into a fully-fledged television show? Convert some parts of the school syllabus into engaging formats? Venture into quiz book publishing?

 
Interested in finding out more?
Download

Download the case and teaching note

Educators can login to view a free educator preview copy of this case and its teaching note.

Quiz Kerala: Spreading Knowledge
Ref 518-0103-1
Teaching note
Ref 518-0103-8

The authors
author

Aravind Reghunathan and Joshy Joseph

Aravind, a doctoral student at Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode, discusses how his knowledge of the quizzing industry helped him in writing this case.

First-hand perspective

Aravind said: “As quizzing is a niche industry segment, the challenge for me was to make the reader understand the workings of the industry and its growing business potential.

First-hand perspective“The quizmaster’s role can be viewed as a link between the content providing firm and the end users. This helped me to view the industry from the firm’s business side as well as from the live audience’s infotainment perspective.

“Accordingly, in the case, the reader goes through different dimensions of this industry, right from how a quiz is prepared by the research team to how it is enjoyed by the audience.”

Knowing your contacts

Aravind continued: “I have served as a quizmaster for Quiz Kerala, and the protagonist and I used to have discussions about the potential of the industry, since we both knew the workings of it well. Our relationship made it easier for me to ask him questions about his organisation, its current problems, and its future plans.”

Departure from the norm

He commented: “The students have found it interesting to go through an industry that is very different from the usual business settings on which most of the academic case studies are based on.

“In addition, they could easily relate to the infotainment angle of quizzing, as many of them regularly watch quiz-based reality shows on television.”

ScholarshipScholarship support

Aravind concluded: “The Case Centre Writing Scholarship helped me to travel extensively and collect data from the field. It enabled me to visit and interview some regular clients of Quiz Kerala to interview them to find out why they are the preferred choice.

“I also interviewed quizzers from different parts of India and analysed how they review a quiz event or question.

“The Scholarship gave me an academic legitimacy for approaching the parties and conducting these interviews.

“In addition, it encouraged me to explore other unique business models and different topics that can be used to initiate insightful discussions in classrooms. As a result of this, I have now submitted another case study for distribution by The Case Centre.”

About the author

Aravind Reghunathan is a Doctoral Scholar in Marketing at Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode.
e aravindreghunathan99@gmail.com

Joshy Joseph is an Associate Professor at Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode.
e joshyjoseph@iimk.ac.in

 

View a full list of featured cases