Case competitions give students the opportunity to challenge themselves to conduct strategic business analyses and discover creative solutions to real-world business problems while networking with various companies and industry leaders.

Participants of business case competitions are presented with a company or industry business dilemma, usually introduced as a case with supportive data and exhibits. Teams of student then work to create innovative solutions to the problems. The students’ presentations are analyzed and evaluated by a panel of judges on the overall quality, effectiveness, and feasibility of the derived resolutions.

 

Case Competitions

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Case Competition FAQ

     

    What is a case competition?

    Participants of business case competitions are presented with a company or industry business dilemma, usually introduced as a case with supportive data and exhibits. Teams of students then work to create innovative solutions to the problems. The students’ presentations are analyzed and evaluated by a panel of judges on the overall quality, effectiveness, and feasibility of the derived resolutions.

     

    What kind of work is done for a case competition?

    Students most frequently offer their recommendations/solutions through a PowerPoint presentation.

    Check out the TED Blog link below for tips on how to enhance a slide deck:

    https://blog.ted.com/10-tips-for-better-slide-decks/

    In this presentation, different frameworks and analyses can be used to support claims and assumptions made. Some frameworks/analyses used are SWOT, Porters Five Forces, NPV, Ansoff Matrix, Value Chain, etc.

    Some case competitions require specific analyses to be performed. It is important to pull these details out of the case instructions as the recommendations are built.

     

    Who can participate in case competitions?

    All business students are welcome and encouraged to participate in case competitions! Though it is important to be mindful of what majors and class ranks are required when building teams for certain case competitions.

     

    Why should I participate?

    Case competitions offer many benefits and opportunities. Students are able to apply their classroom learnings to realistic business cases and offer recommendations to solve real-life company and industry issues. They also allow students to build their analytic and communication skills while understanding what it is like to be a business professional after graduation.

    Additionally, case competitions can offer incredible networking opportunities with various companies along with resume boosters and new experiences to speak to during interviews. All of this can lead to internships or full-time job offers!

     

    What if I’ve never been involved in a case competition before?

    Case competitions are designed to be learning experiences and do not require prior participation.

     

    What case competitions are available?

    There are many case competitions available for students across the entire country. Competitions Ohio State frequently participates in are outlined below:

     

    Fall Semester

    Fuels Institute- October

    Pi Sigma Epsilon Fisher Sales Competition- November

    Deloitte Battle of Ohio Case Competition (hosted by University of Dayton)- November

    Students Consulting for Non-Profit Organization Case Competition- November

    Alpha Kappa Psi Case Competition- November

    Net Impact Sustainability Case Competition-November

     

    Spring Semester

    National Diversity Case Competition (hosted by Indiana University Kelly School of Business)- January

    Accenture Innovation Challenge- February

    Ascend Case Competition-February

    Buckeye Undergraduate Consulting Club Case Competition-February

    People’s Bank Case Competition (Marietta College campus)- February

    Delta Sigma Pi & Phi Chi Theta Case Competition-March

    Net Impact Crisis Management Case Competition- March

    Buckeye Capital Investor Stock Pitch- March

    Deloitte Start-Up Ohio State Innovation Competition- Late February/Early March

    Johnson & Johnson Internal Case Competition- Late February/Early March

    Johnson & Johnson Corporate Case Competition-April

    Crowe Horwath Performance Consulting Case Competition-April

    Innovation Challenge- April

    TLA & GIS Case Simulation- April

    BDAA Data Fest- April

     

    **This is a sampling of case competitions and is subject to change. Opportunities are marketed through student organizations, This Week in Schoenbaum, and the Office of Career Management.

     

    How do I find a team?

    Occasionally case competitions require applying as an individual, but more frequently students will need to assemble a team. It is encouraged to reach out to peers in student’s classes and organizations to create a team that is diverse in experiences, backgrounds, and majors to help students foster the most interesting and thoughtful case solutions.

     

    How do I prepare for a case competition?

    No two case competitions are ever the same. Each one has a different set of expectations so every case competitions should begin with a deep dive into the case itself with team discussions highlighting the case’s requirements. Team communication and meetings are essential for case competition success. For further help on how to prepare for a case competition, please reach out FCOB-CaseComps@osu.edu.

  • Testimonials

    Case Competition Testimonials“A rewarding aspect of case competitions is that they enable us to work on teams of diverse students from Fisher. In a world that is becoming increasingly globalized, it is critical to understand how to communicate and work with people of different experiences and backgrounds. Such communication skills will serve as the basis for a successful career."

    Case Competition Testimonials“Regardless of the structure or length of case, these competitions provide me the ability to think creatively about issues faced by companies on a daily basis and encourage the entire team to apply their unique skills to solve complex problems. It is the thrill of finally coming to a consensus on a tough deliverable, or receiving a question from the judges that your team prepared for, or even just getting to know your team members over the course of the case that keeps me coming back.”

    Case Competition Testimonials“Something that really attracts me to case competitions is the idea of solving a problem in a fast-paced team environment. Going through the case interview process for a few consulting firms this past year has highlighted how important it is to have a wide variety of ideas and approaches. I feel like every time that I’ve done a case competition, I’ve learned something new from someone else on my team.” 

 

 

 

 

Interested in hosting a case competition on campus or inviting students to participate externally?

Contact us at FCOB-CaseComps@osu.edu