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Rules & Regulations

Preparation for the Competition

  • All teams are issued an identical business case on October 16, 2017 at 12:00 am. Each team’s executive summary and presentation slides will be due by October 24, 2017, at 11:59 PM EST via email. Teams who fail to submit their executive summary and presentation by this due date will be removed from the competition.
  • Teams may substitute one member on their team for a different member, up until the case is distributed on October 16th, 2017. After this point, no team member changes will be allowed, however, a team with 5 members may drop to become a team of 4. Changes to team members must be made in writing to the Case Conference Committee and must be approved by the committee.
  • Teams will later be provided an additional hour on campus for preparation time. During this preparation time, teams are allowed to modify their executive summary and presentation as needed. The final deliverables will be submitted through a flash drive prepared by the Case Competition Committee. No supplemental materials will be provided during this time. Using materials other than the case given by the committee will be considered cheating and will result in a withdrawal from the competition.
  • All teams must work independently. Students may not confer with others outside the team to prepare the executive summary. Absolutely no assistance from advisor(s), faculty, volunteers, or others is allowed.

The Competition

  • Each team will receive a check-in time and will have one hour for preparation. If a team is late, they will not be kept out of the competition, but they will lose preparation time proportional to how late they arrived. The end time of the preparation timeframe will not change.
  • Participants may be required to sign a non-disclosure agreement at check-in to ensure any information provided by our sponsors is kept confidential.
  • Each team will be assigned a preparation room and a student ambassador/room monitor. The teams will spend up to one hour preparing their presentation and responding to the questions in the case. During this time, teams are allowed to modify their deliverables if needed and will be allowed access to a personal laptop computer. Appropriate audio-visual support will also be provided in the preparation rooms.
  • Dress Code for the event is business professional attire.


  • Each team member must actively participate in their team’s presentation.
  • Presentations will be judged based on the team’s ability to analyze the information presented in the case, and clearly and effectively communicate a recommended course of action.
  • Each team will have 20 minutes to present their case analysis and recommendations. There will be a 5-minute question & answer period during which time the judges will address questions to the presenting team. Judges may ask questions at any point during the presentation and do not need to wait for the Q&A portion. Plan the timing of your presentation accordingly, no questions will be allowed from the audience. Teams should keep their presentations strictly within the 20-minutes guideline, as there will be penalties for going over the allotted time and teams may be asked to stop presenting.
  • The presentations will be conducted in an open forum where outside audience members may attend. The audience will not participate in the competition or ask any questions to the teams.
  • To ensure neutrality, teams are not allowed to watch the other teams present as audience members, until after they have completed their own presentation. Only the judges may ask questions of the presenting team. Audience members affiliated with a competing team will be asked to leave the room while the judges discuss any team’s presentation.
  • After all the presentations have concluded, there will be an intermission for the judges to determine the performance of each team. Winners will be announced at the cocktail reception following the competition in Rawls Hall on October 26, 2017. The award for the graduate competition will be $5,000 for 1st place and $2,000 for 2nd place. For the undergrad competition, 1st place will receive $3,000 and 2nd place will receive $1,000.
  • General feedback will be provided by the case competition judges and feedback forms will be relayed through your team ambassador/room monitor following the welcome reception.

Ethics Statement/Code of Conduct

During the Krannert HR Case Competition, professional behavior is expected of all participants. Each team is required to maintain the highest standards of integrity throughout the entire competition. Any violation of the Rules and Regulations or breaches of integrity will subject a team to immediate disqualification. In order to ensure a just competition, each team must be respectful of all other teams. Please do not discuss the content of the case with other teams in any way either before or during the competition. Please be gracious in your conduct throughout the duration of the competition.