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.
- Saturday 14 March 2020 – Round One
- Saturday 2 May 2020 – Round Two
- Saturday 11 July 2020 – Round Three
All local competitions are held in Te Wao Nui (Otago Business School atrium).
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.