COMPETITION FORMAT

Twenty teams of four students each are selected from the world’s leading universities to participate in the McDonough Business Strategy Challenge. During the competition, each team will be identified by their chosen team name, as opposed to by university.


Teams will receive the written cases at the Thursday Live Case Presentation, where representatives from the client will present the issue and answer questions. Teams then have until 6:00 AM on Saturday to prepare their solutions and submit them to. Late submissions will be disqualified.


The presentations will entail two rounds – the Preliminaries and the Final Round. Please note that the timing schedules shown for both the preliminary and final rounds are finite. Leftover time from one section of the schedule cannot be used for subsequent sections. 

 

PRELIMINARY ROUND:
 

All teams are required to arrive at their designated presentation room 5 minutes before they are scheduled to present. A MHBSC representative will be outside each presentation room. Inform the MHBSC representative of your arrival and follow instructions. Teams will not be allowed to enter rooms prior to their scheduled presentation times.

Only the presenting team, judges, the timekeeper, and the team advisors are allowed to be in the room during a presentation. All presentations will be videotaped.  Teams may not sit in on any presentations during the preliminary round. Advisors are allowed to sit in on the team presentations within their brackets. Advisors may not discuss the case or the presentation with their team at any point before the Final Round ends. Violation of this completion rule may result in disqualification.

Judges will assess teams using the rubric in the “Preliminary Round Judging Rubric” section below. Scores from all judges in each bracket will be averaged to determine the final score for each team. In each bracket, the team with the highest average score will advance to the final round. Finalists will be announced after Lunch.

 

Preliminary round presentations will last for 30 minutes. The time will be broken down as follows:

  • 10 minutes for uninterrupted presentation

  • 10 minutes for intensive question-and-answer from judges

  • 5 minutes for an uninterrupted conclusion

  • 5 minutes for presentation take down and exit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FINAL ROUND:


The teams with the highest average score in each bracket will advance to the final round. The lowest score will be dropped.  Finalists will be announced after Lunch in Fisher Colloquium. Once finalists are announced, the presentation order will be randomly decided. An MBSC representative will guide all finalists that are not presenting first to separate rooms. An MBSC representative will usher finalists to Lohrfink Auditorium 5 minutes prior to their scheduled presentation times. Until that point, finalists must remain in their assigned rooms. 

 

The Final Round is open to participants, advisors, and the public. Finalists who have already presented should watch later presentations. All presentations will be videotaped. Discussing the case or the presentation with any finalist before the Final Round ends is strictly forbidden. Violations of this completion rule will result in disqualification.

 

All judges will evaluate the finalists during the Final Round. Following the Final Round, judges will have a 30 minute deliberation period to discuss presentations. Judges will use the same rubric as the preliminary round. The rankings will be averaged and the team with the best score will come in first place, the team with the second-best score will come in second place, and so on. The winners will be announced during the Awards Banquet.

 

Final Round presentations will last for 35 minutes. The time will be broken down as follows:

  • 10 minutes for uninterrupted presentation

  • 15 minutes for intensive question-and-answer from judges

  • 5 minutes for an uninterrupted conclusion

  • 5 minutes for presentation takedown and exit

 

 

 

 

 



 



For a downloadable version of the competition format, please click here.





PLEASE NOTE:  The current schedule, format, and rules are subject to modification. All advisors, judges, client representatives, and sponsors will be notified before the case competition of any changes to the format and a final version will be presented to each participant at the beginning of the case competition.

MCDONOUGH BUSINESS STRATEGY CHALLENGE

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