MBA Exclusive Case Competition Rules

General Rules

  1. Teams will consist of 3 presenters. One alternate team member is recommended and would take the place of a presenter who becomes unavailable for any reason.  Alternate team members can view the presentation if they are not presenting. The teams may be a combination of U.S. and international students, but at least 50% of the team must represent an U.S. ethnic minority group.
  2. Teams must designate one person as the team captain. This person will be the point of contact for all correspondence between the team and competition organizers. It is the responsibility of the team captain to ensure the entire team receives all communications.
  3. All team members must be currently enrolled MBA, MS, or MPA students and must bring a Student ID as validation.
  4. Teams are limited to one faculty advisor. The advisor is prohibited from exchanging tips with other advisors or conferring with judges or staff for the duration of the competition.
  5. On Thursday, November 4, 2021, from 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., all team members must be present for the Case Competition Orientation briefing. At this time, all teams will register for the case competition by submitting their presentation by email to Donna  Mason at dmason@howard.edu. Any teams who do not register at this time, will be disqualified. This briefing will be on zoom and the link will be forthcoming.

Preparation

  1. In addition to the materials included with the case, team members may use any  publicly available sources or materials (i.e. libraries, Internet, etc.) for their research.
  2. Once the team receives the case between Thursday, October 21st – Friday, October 22, 2021, coaching by faculty members, school staff, or contact with outside experts is expressly prohibited.  This includes industry contacts and faculty, other than the team’s faculty advisor.  Each team is permitted to have one dress rehearsal presentation with their faculty  advisor prior to the competition. Feedback to the team from the advisor should be  restricted to the organization, format, and style of presentation only. Feedback from advisors on content or strategy aspects is not permitted.
  3. Presentation must use PowerPoint 2010 or newer. No audio will be allowed in the  PowerPoint presentations.

 

Presentation

  1. Three team members MUST speak as part of the presentation. An alternate team member can be assigned, in case 1 of the 3 members is unable to participate. The advisor cannot participate in the presentation in any way.
  2. Teams are prohibited from referring to their university affiliation in any presentation materials or in the oral presentation itself. Teams that do so will have 20 points subtracted from their score.
  3. Team members are not allowed to use speaker notes.
  4. Each team will be given 5 minutes prior to the start of their presentation in case of technical difficulties.

 

Competition Format

  1. The case competition will be held virtually. Teams will present to judges on Zoom.
  2. All teams will compete in the first round on Friday morning, November 5, 2021, from  9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. The top five teams will be selected to compete in the final round on Friday afternoon, November 5, 2021, from 2:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  3. Teams that are picked to present in the second round will then do their original presentation for a new set of judges.
  4. Team advisors may only observe their team during the first round. All participants may observe the final round once their final presentation has been delivered.
  5. Each round will consist of a 20-minute presentation and a 10-minute question and answer session with the judges.
  6. Teams in both rounds will be judged on quality of analysis, creativity, clarity, and  viability of recommendations, use of case facts and data, quality and style of oral  presentation, Q&A session, and team participation.
  7. The top three teams will receive their prizes in the form of a check payable after the  competition. Students are responsible for completing any necessary documents, as  well as providing their social security number to receive payment. Please allow at  least 6-8 weeks for payment of prize money.

 

Cancellation Policy

As stated above, at least 3 team members must present. Teams may bring a substitute if any team member becomes unavailable for the competition. Without exception, registration fees  are forfeited should team cancellation be required.

 

Code of Conduct

  • The Ethic of Reciprocity is the Golden Rule. It states that one has the right to just treatment and a responsibility to ensure justice for others. In order to ensure a just competition, each team must be respectful of other groups.
  • Please do not discuss the content of the case with other teams in any way either before or during the competition.
  • Please have your entire team available at the applicable destination at your scheduled time.
  • Please exit your applicable room when your time has expired.
  • Do not question the opinion of the judges.
  • Please be gracious in your conduct throughout the duration of the competition.
  • All teams are expected to attend both first and final rounds of the competition and the award ceremony.
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