Case competition

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In a case competition, participants strive to develop the best solution to a business or education-related case study within an allocated time frame, typically with teams of two or more individuals pitted against each other in a head-to-head or broader relative ranking.[1][2] Teams deliver presentations for judges and, while competitions vary in composition, a standard format and purpose exists.


The case competition concept originated in the United States and originally included participants from domestic universities. The notion of expanding to include international competitors emerged later, with the concept eventually taking hold across North America and Western Europe. Today, a wide range of international competitions are hosted in various countries in North America, Europe, and Asia,.[1] International case competitions have also begun expanding beyond the undergraduate level, as competitions like the Wharton China Business Society International Case Competition offer high school divisions.[3]

The Middle East & North Africa Regional Case Initiative[permanent dead link] (MENARCCI) at the American University of Beirut (AUB). MENARCCI's goal is to serve as a depository of all necessary knowledge about the case method, sources of cases and publishing outlets, and the links to all cases on the Region available on-line. In the Middle East, cases competitions are conducted by the American University of Beirut and the American University in Cairo.


Formats vary according to a number of dimensions. The following dimensions are often used to classify and compare competitions: Host: corporate versus educational institution; Participant selection: "by invitation" versus "by application"; and, Level: undergraduate, graduate. Formats may vary along practical dimensions, including: Case specificity (whether the case has been written especially for the competition or not); Number of teams; Organization (student-run, professional etc.); Rules, e.g.:Time (common formats are 3-4 or 24 hours), Materials, Degree of access to expert advice (either from within the competition or externally, and electronically or face to face).

Some competitions add complexity to create a more interesting challenge. For example, Ohio State University (OSU)'s Center For International Business Education And Research (CIBER), in its annual Case Challenge, created teams from the overall pool of participants, regardless of school, dissolving the usual school-based team format. For the Ohio State scenario, once the students are assigned to teams, a full day of team-building exercises is run for competitors.

Competitions can be internal to a business school, or they can involve teams from multiple schools. Sometimes the competition includes several rounds, with the final round typically judged by outside company executives (sometimes the panel consists of executives from the actual company in the case). For example, the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business' 2010 round of its Global Business Case Competition featured a customized case on the Boeing Company[4] and Boeing executives acted as judges.[citation needed]


Participants exercise skills and knowledge on a "real world" case for an actual organization, with the support of representatives who can provide professional advice.[1] Other competitions select an issue based on its degree of importance, and employ the competition as a means to both highlight the issue and create potential solutions through the efforts of the competitors.[2] Participants can also be assessed as potential candidates for analysis-based jobs within the targeted companies.

Teams in case competitions are tasked with assessing the situation facing the organization, analyzing available information, crafting a solution, and defending their recommendations. In general, teams adhere to a time limit and specific rules. Each team is judged independently, and the judges' decision is final, although a confidential summary evaluation is generally provided.[5]

Notable competitions[edit]

Invitational competitions[edit]

Competition Country University Level Teams Inaugural Year
Alberta International Case Competition (AIBC)  Canada Alberta School of Business Undergraduate 14 teams 2014
Australian Undergraduate Business Case Competition (AUBCC)  Australia QUT, UNSW, University of Melbourne Undergraduate 16 teams 2013
CBS Case Competition[6]  Denmark Copenhagen Business School Undergraduate 12 teams 2002
Belgrade Business International Case Competition - BBICC  Serbia University of Belgrade Undergraduate 12 teams 2013
Engineering and Commerce Case Competition  Canada Concordia University Undergraduate 12 teams 2013
Asian Business Case Competition @ Nanyang (ABCC)  Singapore Nanyang Technological University Undergraduate 12 teams 2007
CaseIT MIS Case Competition  Canada Beedie School of Business Undergraduate 20 teams 2004
Champions Trophy Case Competition  New Zealand University of Auckland Undergraduate 12 teams 2008
Chulalongkorn International Business Case Competition (CIBCC)[7]  Thailand Chulalongkorn University Undergraduate 20 teams 2014
Citi International Case Competition  Hong Kong HKUST Undergraduate 20 teams 2003
Global Business Case Competition (GBCC)  Japan Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University Undergraduate 16 teams 2015
Thammasat Undergraduate Business Challenge (TUBC)  Thailand Thammasat University Undergraduate 16 teams 2007
Global Business Case Competition[8]  United States University of Washington Undergraduate 15 teams 1999
Grossman School of Business Family Enterprise Case Competition (FECC)  United States The University of Vermont Undergraduate & Graduate 24 Teams 2013
Japan MBA Case Competition  Japan Tokyo-based MBA programs Graduate - MBA 09 teams 2013
International Graduate Competition  Canada HEC Montreal Graduate 08 teams 2012
International Case Competition @ Maastricht  Netherlands Maastricht University Undergraduate 16 teams 2009
Marshall International Case Competition (MICC)  United States University of Southern California Undergraduate 20 teams 1997
McGill Management International Case Competition[9]  Canada McGill University Undergraduate 12 teams 2001
McIntire International Case Competition[10][11]  United States University of Virginia Undergraduate 06 teams 1982
John Molson Undergraduate Case Competition - JMUCC  Canada John Molson School of Business Undergraduate 24 teams 2009
John Molson MBA International Case Competition  Canada John Molson School of Business Graduate - MBA 36 teams 1981
NUS Case Competition  Singapore National University of Singapore Undergraduate 20 teams 2009
RMA Credit Risk Case Competition[12]  Canada Sobey School of Business Graduate 08 teams 2013
RSM STAR Case Competition[13]  Netherlands Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University Undergraduate 12 teams 2012
Sauder Summit Global Case Competition  Canada UBC Sauder School of Business Undergraduate 16 teams 2013
University of Münster Case Competition (UMCC)  Germany University of Münster Undergraduate - MBA 12 Teams 2017
University of Navarra International Case Competition (UNICC)  Spain University of Navarra Undergraduate 16 teams 2013
Solvers' Cup  Hungary Case Solvers Undergraduate 09 teams 2016
WBS Case Challenge  United Kingdom Warwick Business School Graduate 08 teams 2013
Lazaridis International Case Conference (LazICC)  Canada Lazaridis School of Business and Economics Undergraduate 9 teams 2018

Competitions by application[edit]

Competition Country Associated Institution Level Participants Teams
APEX Business-IT Global Case Challenge  Singapore Singapore Management University Undergraduate 90 30
Business Masters  Germany Karlsruhe Institute of Technology Mixed Undergraduate/Graduate 27 9
Changellenge >> Cup Russia  Russia Undergraduate/Graduate 5,200 1200
Student Evaluation Case Competition  Canada Canadian Evaluation Society Undergraduate/Graduate over 1,200 (1996-2016) About 20 per year
FMAA Management Consulting Case Competition  Australia Financial Management Association of Australia Mixed Undergraduate/ Graduate 221
Gadjah Mada Business Case Competition  Indonesia Gadjah Mada University Undergraduate 24 8
Global Case Competition at Harvard[14]  United States Harvard University Mixed Undergraduate/Graduate over 1,000 ~200
Hult Prize (formerly Hult Global Case Challenge)[15]  United Kingdom Hult International Business School Graduate 150
Inter-Collegiate Business Competition (I.C.B.C.)  Canada Queen's Smith School of Business Undergraduate 102 48
AAU Case Competition (AAUCC)  Denmark Aalborg University Undergraduate 80 20
IXL Innovation Olympics  United States IXL Center Graduate and Undergraduate 150
KPMG International Case Competition International KPMG Mixed Undergraduate/Graduate 20,000[16] 5,000
L'Oreal Brandstorm  France L'Oreal Undergraduate 135 45
ModelOff International Case Competition  United States Professional Services Champions League Mixed Undergraduate/Graduate 4,000
Network of International Business Schools Worldwide Case Competition  Germany Heilbronn University (2020) Undergraduate 64 16
Oliver Wyman Iberia Case Competition  Spain Oliver Wyman Graduate 150
Pitt Health Innovation Case Competition (PHICC)[17]  United States University of Pittsburgh Graduate 60 12
Purdue Human Capital Case Competition  United States Krannert School of Management Graduate 36 9
RSM Private Equity Competition  Netherlands Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University Graduate 89 18
Rubicon Contest  Germany, BiTS Iserlohn Mixed Undergraduate/Graduate 96
Suitable for Business Case Competition  Denmark Suitable for Business Mixed Undergraduate/Graduate 48
Schulich International Case Competition  Canada Schulich School of Business Graduate 70 9
Creative Shock Social Business Case Competition  Lithuania ISM University of Management and Economics Mixed Undergraduate/Graduate 1700 450


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