International Business Case Challenge

2019 UConn International Business Case Challenge: November 13th - November 17th, UConn Storrs

We will once again be addressing an issue related to sustainable global business and welcome universities from around the world to send a team of 4 business students.

The UConn International Business Case Challenge brings teams of four undergraduate students from around the world to compete in analyzing and presenting an international business case to judges. The UConn IB Case Challenge offers an excellent opportunity for students to gain exposure to international business issues as well as to meet business students from around the globe.

In addition to the competition, there are social events, such as the annual t-shirt exchange, team-building activities and visits from Connecticut business professional.

For individual students who have been selected by their schools to participate in the UConn International Case Challenge.

For universities to register their teams in the UConn International Case Challenge.

For questions about the UConn School of Business International Case Competition and/or assistance with registration, please contact arminda.kamphausen@uconn.edu.

The challenge’s case may address multiple geographical regions and multiple functional areas. The actual content of the case will be kept secret until the competition begins.

Each team must be comprised of four currently enrolled business students working on their first university degree (undergraduates). No alternates are permitted.

Each of the four members of the team must be degree-seeking undergraduate students registered within the business school at the university they are from, and each student will need to represent a different specific functional area in one of the following four categories: Finance (including Accounting), Marketing, Management, and Operations (including IT). Students are only permitted to participate as a team member in the UConn International Case Challenge one time.

Students from different universities will be mixed and formed into an entirely new team for the competition. Each four-student team will have at least one student from an international business school and three students from different U.S. schools. Students will be connected prior to the competition through web groups arranged by the UConn International Case Challenge Management Team.

Students on the same competing team will be assigned to the same hotel room throughout the competition. Consequently, we ask that sending universities create a team comprised of even numbers of males and females.

2018 Judges

Preliminary Round
  • Tim Kirchamnn (LEGO Group)
  • Claudia LaRocque(Manchester Community College)
  • David Hirsch(Hinckley Allen)
  • Timothy Folta (University of Connecticut)
  • Katherine Pancak (University of Connecticut)
  • Joseph Pancras (University of Connecticut)
Final Round
  • David Freeman (Loctite Corporation)
  • David Mielke (PwC)
  • Robert Werner (Timex Watches Ltd.)

2019 Student Manager

Isabella Teixeira

Faculty Director

Sulin Ba

Director

Arminda Kamphausen arminda.kamphausen@business.uconn.edu

Compete

The application for a spot in the Challenge is open to all UConn students. Teams are made up of four different functional areas.  There are four positions available in:
  1. Accounting/Finance
  2. Management/International Business
  3. Marketing
  4. OPIM/IT/BIS

Volunteer

We need your help to run the Challenge! There are multiple volunteer opportunities for UConn students throughout the event. Business majors can receive LAUNCH credits. Volunteer positions include:
  • Team Host
  • Break-Out Room Guard
  • Competition Day Videographer
  • Competition Day Time Keeper
  • Competition Day Guard
  • Competition Day set-up
For more details, contact: arminda.kamphausen@uconn.edu

What is the composition of each team?

Each team will be comprised of four, currently enrolled, business students working on their first university degree (undergraduates). No alternates are permitted. Each of the four members of the team must be degree seeking undergraduate students registered within the business school at the university they are from, and each student will be representing a different specific function in the following areas : Finance/Accounting, Marketing, Management/International Business, and Operations/IT. Students are only permitted to participate as a team member in the UConn International Case Challenge one time. Students from different universities will be mixed and formed into an entirely new team for the competition. Each 4-student team will have at least one student from an international business school and three students from different U.S. schools. Students will be connected prior to the competition through web groups arranged by the UConn International Case Challenge Management Team.

What is the length and nature of the case that will be analyzed?

The nature of the case that will be used, and the particular business issues involved, will be kept secret until competition packets are distributed on Thursday evening. The case may address multiple geographical regions and multiple functional areas. To prepare for the competition teams may want to practice analyzing other business cases such as those published by Harvard Business School. These are copyrighted and can be purchased from Harvard Business School Publishing. Similar business case studies may be available from other websites or within your own university.

How will the CASE PACKETS be distributed?

On Thursday evening, each team will receive a CASE PACKET. The Packet will contain the case, instructions on how to save the final presentation and documents on their “USB” drives and some office supplies.

What’s the technology set up for the competition?

Computers, copiers and printers will be available in the “Board Room” in the School of Business. The Board Room will be available to all teams on the preparation days from after dinner Thursday until 10:30 p.m. and on Friday from 9:00 a.m. through 7:30 a.m the following morning. Make sure you print out all needed materials including Final round materials within the Board room during open hours. Computers and LCD projectors will be available in competition rooms and practice rooms on the day of competition. Printer/copiers and other equipment will be made available to teams for case preparation. Software used will be Windows. PowerPoint may be used during presentations. Although office supplies will be provided for participants, teams may want to bring a limited supply of their own materials (pens, paper, tape, etc.) All teams must bring their own laptop computer(s) to be used during the preparation of their case presentation, as students will use personal laptops for case preparation. UConn will not provide a loaner laptop to any student. Instructions on how to save your files and presentation for the CHALLENGE and a USB drive will be inside the CASE PACKET that you will pick up on Friday morning at breakfast.

How many faculty advisors are there for each team? What is their function?

We permit one advisor per team, food and activity expenses are included however hotel costs and transportation for advisors are not included in the co-sponsorship fee. Advisors are invited to participate in many of the activities held during the competition, including the activities on Thursday, and the other social events. Advisors are not allowed to assist in case analysis or to be in contact with their teams after the case packets are distributed on Friday. Some activities for advisors may be specifically planned for them during case preparation on Friday. Faculty advisors will be permitted to observe their own team members’ presentations. Attendance at the final round is mandatory for all teams and advisors.

Can teams use other consultants during case competition?

No. Teams are expected to produce original work solely attributable to the four members. Teams may not consult with advisors, other faculty, staff, team hosts, other students, or any other non-team members during preparation of the case analysis or on the day of competition. Student are welcome to use books, internet web page information, or any other non-human resource to gather information.

Any other helpful hints in regard to case preparation?

It is always an advantage to be educated about current world issues. Teams should become familiar with conducting online searches for relevant information and sources. Teams will have access to UConn’s Homer Babbidge library and any other online databases.

How will Competition Day be managed?

On Saturday morning, teams will draw for CHALLENGE room assignments and order. Four teams will present in each room. One team from each room will advance from the preliminary round of competition to the final round. Each competition room will have a designated “Practice Room”. These rooms will be available to each team 45-minutes prior to their CHALLENGE presentation. Each presentation will include five minutes for set up, 20 minutes for presentation, followed by a 10-minute question-and-answer session (with a panel of judges). Teams must leave the room immediately after they have finished the Q&A session. This format will be repeated in the afternoon for the final round of competition. For the morning sessions there will be 3-4 judges in each room, comprised of corporate judges. In the afternoon, the panel will be comprised of 3-4 corporate judges. Teams may present their case analysis using Power Point. Teams should always be prepared for the unexpected and have a back-up plan, i.e. if the laptop fails, you may want to have alternate plans. When preparing the Power Point presentation, teams should choose fonts carefully to ensure that all slides will show equally well on different computers (use common font styles). If teams use unusual fonts or graphics, the font should be burned onto the presentation ’thumb’ drive so that it can be loaded onto the presentation computer during your team’s preparation time (five minutes). Team members should wear attire typical to a formal business presentation. We highly recommend that the presentation of the case solution include all team members, and be as “balanced” as possible. Teams should work to capitalize on the strengths of each individual team member!

How will the judging work?

Judging will be “blind”, meaning our judges will not be told and should not be led by the team to know which school each student represents. Teams should not include any graphics or words in the presentation that would identify your school, state, or country, and clothing should be neutral in color and not school-oriented in any way. Teams should be prepared for questions from the judges. The judges may opt to assume roles during the Q&A — for example, board members, firm officers, executives, etc. Judges in the morning, preliminary rounds will be different than the judges in the afternoon, final round of competition.

Will we receive feedback about our presentation?

All presentations will be videotaped and distributed to teams after the competition. Each university will receive the footage of the final competition, their own presentation, as well as that of the other teams in their preliminary round competition room, for comparison and learning purposes. No additional video or audio recording of presentations will be permitted, and photos may not be taken during the presentation. Some of the Judges from the preliminary round of competition will be available after the lunch on Saturday for personal feedback.

2017 International Business Case Challenge Participants and Winners

First Place: 3Squared

  • Shruti Kansara, Bryant University
  • Julia Elliot, San Diego State University
  • Joshua Dahlberg, Belmont University
  • Kahan Soni, University of Connecticut

Second Place: Deal Team 6

  • Robert Jordan, Bowie State University
  • Shadman Khan, Purdue University
  • Colleen Kane, Florida State University
  • Ludovica Grilli, University of Trento

Third Place: The Argonauts 

  • Kate Haagensen, University of Vermont
  • Ankit Sheth, University of Maryland
  • Lorenzo D’Auria, University of Trento
  • Jordan Patterson, Bryant University

Best Q+A: Jordan Patterson

Best Presenter: Kate Haagensen

Awards

First Place
  • Mayar Dessokey, The American University in Cairo
  • Andrew Hughes, Belmont University
  • Robert Menzel, Florida State University
  • Xin Wei, Purdue University
Second Place
  • Igli Bajo, Trento University
  • Kelsey Rodgers, Florida State University
  • Jessica Ting, University of Maryland
  • Emily Weissman, Belmont University
Third Place
  • William Criminsi, Trento University
  • Joshua Groh, Purdue University
  • Hlobile Jele, University of Johannensburg
  • Sopanha Mao, San Diego State University
Best Presenter: Joshua Hancock
Best Q&A: Jessica Ting

Participants

Awards

Winner: 4Sight Consulting
  • Rebecca Frutos, University of Connecticut
  • So Ikeya, Rikkyo University
  • Steven Bell, Belmont University
  • Haoshi Cheng, University of North Carolina
 Second Place: Abroad & Beyond
  • Naoto Ito, Rikkyo University
  • Vivian Yun-Ju Wang, University of North Carolina
  • Cecilia Medieros, San Diego State University
  • Mitchell Dupre, Bryant University
Third Place: 50 Shades for Ray (Charles)
  • Kassandra McGlone, Bryant University
  • Sean McHugh, Belmont University
  • Riley Owens, Purdue University
  • Francesco Capozza, University of Trento
Best Q+A: Rebecca Frutos
Best Presenter: Kassandra McGlone

Participants

Schools that sent participants in 2014:

Awards

Winner: Pick-6 Consulting
  • Austin Coon, Purdue University
  • Alandar Detwiler, University of Vermont
  • Justice Dlamini, University of Johannesburg
  • Parker Higgins, Belmont University
 Second Place: Quadruple Threat
  • Stacia Smart, University of Connecticut
  • Gianmarco Vanin, University of Trento
  • Christopher Wagner, Florida State University
  • Lauren Willey, San Diego State University
Third Place: KGME
  • Gail Capati, San Diego State University
  • Khotlello Mooka, University of Johannesburg
  • Michael McGovern, University of Maryland
  • Evan Silverberg, University of Vermont
Best Presenter: Parker Higgins
Best Q&A: Christopher Wagner

Participants

Awards

Winner: LWDT Consulting
  • Ihinosen Dibua, University of Pittsburgh
  • Ellie Lin, Purdue University
  • GianMarco Taverna, University of North Carolina
  • Margaret Wong, Bryant University
 Second Place: Warwick B.A.N.D
  • Sergio Alessandro Castagnetti, University of Trento
  • Nicole Green, University of Connecticut
  • Ben Hsieh, University of Maryland
  • Dallin Shaner, Brigham Young University
Third Place: SWOT Team
  • Esther Buck, Belmont University
  • Josh Emmett, University of Connecticut
  • Leah Gonzalez, University of North Carolina
  • Daisuke Honjo, Rikkyo University

Participants

Schools that sent participants in 2013: