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Preparation for the Competition

The Case

  • All teams will be issued an identical business case on October 16, 2017. Each team’s Executive summary and Presentation slides will be due by October 24, 2017 at 11:59 PM EST via e-mail, At the distribution of the case, teams will be notified of how to submit their deliverables. Teams who fail to submit their executive summary and presentation by this due date will be removed from the competition.

  • The executive summary must be no more than 3 pages including exhibits. There is no limit on the number of presentation slides, but the presentation should not exceed 20 minutes. There will be penalties for exceeding this time limit. To ensure neutrality, the name of the school each team Rawls Hallrepresents will not be revealed before the final decision is made. Each team will be referenced by a predetermined randomly assigned team number. Thus, the cover page of deliverables will contain only the name of the case and the name of all team members.

  • 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 Presentation

  • 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.Unfinished P

  • 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 are discussing 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 Thursday, October 26. 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.

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