CBS Case Competition is an annual case competition event where business school students compete against each other in solving a present challenge in a large company.
The competition takes place 24 February to 3 March 2018.
We have an application-based selection process in order to obtain greater diversity. We are accepting applications from all universities that are interested in participating in CBS Case Competition. In order to be eligible for participation each team has to be supported by a faculty advisor from the respective university. Our selection criteria are based on the following:
All expenses regarding accommodation, food etc. are covered by CBS Case Competition, except flight tickets to and from Copenhagen
Strict adherence to the rules below is required during the competition. Failure to comply with the rules may ultimately result in disqualification from the competition. Any doubts or disputes will ultimately be cleared by the Steering and Case Committees, who have final authority in all matters related to the rules and the competition. If clarification is needed on an issue during the competition, please send an email to email@example.com. Any communication between the Case Committee and a team still in the competition will be revealed to all teams simultaneously through email.
Teams will participate in a smaller case competition on Monday in Week 9. The results of the 4-hour case competition will not count towards the evaluation for the main case competition, but will solely be used to seed the teams in preliminary rounds.
We would like your faculty advisor to write half a page motivational letter and tell us why you should be selected to compete in our competition.
The application deadline for CBS Case Competition 2019 will be announced later in 2018.
§1. An overall spirit of sportsmanship is expected from all participants throughout the duration of the competition.
§2. Any violation of the rules may result in disqualification of the team. Any decision of disqualification is final.
§3. All materials produced during the CBS Case Competition, including the teams' presentations, photos and video are the rightful property of CBS Case Competition.
§4. During the competition, each team will be faced with two distinct cases: a 4-hour case and a 28-hour case.
§5. Each team prepares and presents one case solution for each of the two cases.
§6. The teams will receive the 4-hour case Monday February 26th 2018 at 8.45 CET. All teams must produce one PowerPoint presentation. The teams must hand in their final presentation before 12.45 CET the same day.
§7. The teams will receive the 28-hour case Wednesday February 28th 2018 at 10.00 CET. All teams must produce one PowerPoint presentation and one executive summary in pdf format. The teams must hand in their final presentation and executive summary before Thursday March 1st 2018 at 14.00 CET.
§8. No modifications to presentation or executive summary are allowed after hand-in deadline.
§9. All additional activities related to case solving for both cases, will be contained within the respective timeframes allotted to case solving.
§10. The teams must not disclose the school they represent at any point during their presentations. Instead, each team should choose a pseudonym to identify their team by. Teams must disclose this name to their respective team-hosts prior to arrival.
§11. Each team is allotted a preparation room in which the case should be solved. During case solving, all case material must remain in the preparation room. All case material includes the case itself, contestants' computers, and all reference material.
§12. Each team is allowed to bring an unlimited number of textbooks, reference material items, and computers. Reference material items are defined as any form of notes, compendiums/readers, collections of articles, and the like.
§13. The teams are not allowed to discuss the case, their own presentation, or other teams' presentations with anyone, except when this is explicitly part of the case format. The team does NOT include the faculty advisor, faculty host, or the team host.
§14. Each team is given one USB-stick. All files that the team wishes to hand in must be stored on this device.
§15. The team hosts will collect their team's USB-stick, when the teams are ready to hand in their presentation. If technical problems arise, the CBS Case Competition Officials can assist the team, but it is ultimately the team's own responsibility that their presentation is handed in before the deadline.
§16. Presentations must be made in English using Microsoft PowerPoint .pptx files. The teams' presentations must be compatible with standard Microsoft PowerPoint suite. The teams may use notes and/or cue cards during their presentations.
§17. Slides must be in widescreen format (16:9).
§18. Each team will hand in a presentation of maximum 10 slides for the 4-hour case. It is at the discretion of each team to decide how to allocate the 10 slides between main presentation and appendix.
§19. Each team will hand in a presentation of maximum 50 slides for the 28-hour case. It is at the discretion of each team to decide how to allocate the slides between main presentation and appendix. Furthermore, the team will hand in a one-page executive summary of their solution.
§20. In the 28-hour case, it is optional for the teams to hand in different versions of their presentation for the preliminary round, wildcard round and final round, respectively. If the team should choose to hand in different versions of their presentation, these should all be handed in simultaneously before the hand-in deadline.
§21. The faculty advisors are not allowed to communicate with their teams at any point during case solving. In the 4-hour case this is from the case launch Monday 26th 2018 at 9.00 CET until the final presentations are finished at 16.00 CET the same day. In the 28-hour case this is from case launch Wednesday February 28th at 10.00 CET until the finalist teams are announced Friday March 2nd at 12.30 CET. Should the team proceed to the finals, the faculty advisor will not be allowed to consult with the team until after the end of the finals.
§22. Evaluation criteria will be described in the cases.
§23. In the 4-hour case, each team will present their solution to a panel of judges. Each presentation will consist of a three-minute presentation followed by five minutes of Q&A. The presenting team will be notified when one minute remains, both during their presentation and the Q&A.
§24. The results of the 4-hour case will not count towards the evaluation for the 28-hour case, but will be applied for seeding in the preliminary round of the 28-hour case.
§25. The results of the 4-hour case will be disclosed to the faculty advisors once CBS Case Competition 2018 is over.
§26. In the 28-hour case, teams will be assigned to one of three groups for the preliminary round.
§27. In the preliminary rounds, each team will present their solution to a panel of judges. The judges will select one team from each of the three groups to qualify for the final round, and one team from each of the three groups to qualify for the wild-card round.
§28. In the preliminary rounds, each presentation will consist of a 15-minute presentation followed by 10 minutes of Q&A. The presenting team will be notified when five minutes and one minute remains, both during their presentation and Q&A.
§29. Faculty advisors may attend the presentations of their own team but must enter and exit the room along with their team. Furthermore, Faculty Advisors must not communicate with the jury at any point.
§30. The three teams who qualify for the wild-card round will present their solution in front of a panel of judges. Each presentation will consist of a 10-minute presentation with no Q&A. The judges will select one team from the wild-card round to qualify for the final round.
§31. The four finalists are offered one hour of preparation with an experienced consultant before presenting in the final round. The consultant can provide the team with inputs to improve their presentation, but no amendments to slides are allowed.
§32. In the final round, each team will present their solution to a panel of judges, including the CEO of the case company. Each presentation will consist of a 25-minutes presentation during which the judges will be allowed to interrupt with questions. The 25-minute presentation includes four minutes of uninterrupted introduction and one minute of uninterrupted concluding remarks. The presenting team will be notified when the four minutes of uninterrupted presentation time has passed, and when five minutes and one minute remains during their presentation.
§33. The finalists are not allowed to watch any of the other finalists' presentations preceding their own.
§34. In the final round, faculty advisors may attend all presentations.
§35. Participants must bring their own computers.
§36. The teams are allowed to use all internet resources including the online resources accessible through the CBS Library, located on remote access, in order to research and develop their case solution. Passwords and usernames will be provided during the case competition week.
§37. The CBS Case Competition Officials will assist the teams with all computer-related issues, but teams will not be given more time for case preparation in the event of technical problems with the computers. The CBS Case Competition will not be able to provide backup equipment in the event of computer-related issues.
§38. Each team will have the opportunity to print one time with a maximum of 100 sheets of paper for their own use. If the team would like a hard-copy of their presentation, they are responsible for printing it themselves before the time of hand-in of their presentation.