Get involved in 2020
Participating in a business case competition is a great way to hone your business skills and have some fun along the way.
- Take a giant leap forward – Improve your analytical, critical and communication skills
- Real business performance – Participating in a business case competition is a terrific CV addition and attractive to prospective employers
- Network and socialise – Industry business leaders are often invited as guest judges and you’ll also gain from the social interaction as part of a team dynamic in a case competition
What is a Case Competition?
Competing teams are provided with a hypothetical business problem to solve. It may be a company that needs help launching a product, a company that is about to go into liquidation, or a company that has international connections but hasn't reached its full global potential.
Team members are given four hours to devise a strategy, before presenting their solution to a panel of judges. The competition is generally held over the course of a day, and the best strategy wins the competition.
All local competitions are held in Te Wao Nui (Otago Business School atrium) or online using Zoom.
After each local competition, students are selected for a national competition. All participating students can also be selected for international competitions.
Choosing your competition team
A team comprises up to four students – most teams have four people. The best approach to selecting team members is to think of the skills that you might need to address a business situation – for example finance, marketing, management, accounting and presentation skills – then find the people with those skills.