Get Involved

JMSB has numerous opportunities for MBA students to get involved in case competitions.  Managed by the MBA Case Competition Committee (comprised of students) and supervised by faculty, JMSB MBA Case Competition program offers both open and selection-based competitions in which students can engage.

Internal Events, Workshops and Open Competitions (Open Registration)

The MBA Case Competition Committee (MBA CCC) hosts numerous internal events, collaborates with industry and internal organizations and endeavors to provide many opportunities for the student body to participate.  These events are open to all students. Generally, enrolment and participation are based on first-come, first-served basis. Examples include:

  • Bootcamps and educational workshops
  • Case competition simulations
  • Internal industry-funded competitions through partnerships with corporate sponsors
  • Social events
  • Local competitions that follow an open registration process where students are generally encouraged to form teams and register on a first-come, first-served basis (i.e. KGP case competition)

Level 1 Competitions (Formal Try-Outs)

Level 1 competitions are considered a key training opportunity for students interested in further involvement in the case competition program. To formalize the training process and provide a platform for student training, participation in these competitions requires a formal try-out (i.e. Rotman and HEC case competitions).

Try-outs are open to all MBA students, regardless of seniority in the MBA program. Students are evaluated on try-out performance, including analytical ability, collaboration, presentation skills and Q&A session. Team selection is determined by the MBA CCC faculty advisor with input from coaches in the program, based on a student’s try-out performance in addition to the following criteria:

  • Previous competition experience is not required, but is considered an asset
  • Students who have attended previous try-outs and have demonstrated their ability on the dimensions above can/may be waitlisted (i.e. placed on future teams without the need to try-out again)

Student members of the MBA Case Competition Committee may assist with organizing formal try-outs but do not provide input on final team selection. Team selection is the responsibility of the faculty advisor and coaches (non-students).

Level 2 Competitions & Fall Course (Formal Try-Outs, Course Credit: MBA659)

Each year, 12 students are selected to enrol in MBA659 Strategies in Action: Case Competition and to represent JMSB in one of three formalized Level 2 competitions: ICC, DeGroote, Haskayne (subject to change). Participating in MBA659 and representing JMSB at these competitions is considered a privilege and students are expected to commit to a rigorous training schedule to prepare for their respective competition. This course guarantees participation in at least one case competition.

Formal try-outs for MBA659 are held each year in the spring, and are open to all MBA students, regardless of seniority in the MBA program. Students are evaluated on try-out performance, including analytical ability, collaboration, presentation skills, Q&A session. Team selection is determined by the faculty advisor with input from coaches in the program, based on a student’s try-out performance in addition to the following criteria:

  • Number of courses completed, academic performance, business acumen, work experience
  • Previous competition experience is not required, but is considered an asset

MBA659 typically runs on Thursday evenings in the Fall semester. Students can expect to commit a minimum of 6 hours/week throughout the Fall semester and up to 15 hours/week in the weeks leading up to their respective competition. Level 2 competitions typically run during the Winter semester.

Student members of the MBA Case Competition Committee may assist with organizing formal try-outs but do not provide input on final team selection. Team selection is the responsibility of the faculty advisor and coaches (non-students).

Level 2 Summer Course (Formal Try-Outs, Course Credit: MBA695)

The MBA695 Live Case Experience course is an intensive two-week summer program designed for students interested in the case competition approach to learning. Students who have previously taken or plan to take MBA659 Strategies in Action are not eligible to participate in this course – students may only participate in one ‘live’ case competition course throughout the MBA program. This course does not guarantee participation in case competitions.

Formal try-outs for MBA659 are held each year in the spring, and are open to all MBA students, regardless of seniority in the MBA program. Students are evaluated on try-out performance, including analytical ability, collaboration, presentation skills, Q&A session. Team selection is determined by the faculty advisor with input from coaches in the program, based on a student’s try-out performance in addition to the following criteria:

  • Number of courses completed, academic performance, business acumen, work experience
  • Previous competition experience is not required, but is considered an asset

MBA659 typically runs three full days per week in the Summer 1 semester. Students can expect to commit 20-25 hours/week throughout the two-week program. Please note that this course may not be offered every year.

Student members of the MBA Case Competition Committee may assist with organizing formal try-outs but do not provide input on final team selection. Team selection is the responsibility of the faculty advisor and coaches (non-students).

Level 3 Competitions (By Invitation Only)

The JMSB MBA case competition program prides itself on being invited to some of the most prestigious national and international case competitions, such as Yale, Munster, Telfer, Whitman, Aspen, LEEDS and more. JMSB’s participation in these events varies each year depending on competition scheduling, location and cost.

Participation in Level 3 competitions is reserved for the most experienced and talented MBA students. Selection for these competitions is determined by the MBA Case Competition faculty advisor based on the student’s experience and level of commitment to the program. Prospective competitors are contacted to determine their level of interest, a short list is created, and selected students are then invited to participate.

Student members of the MBA Case Competition Committee do not provide input on final team selection.

MBA Case Competition Committee (Formal Application, Course Credit: MBA659)

Each year a group of 6 students is selected to form the MBA Case Competition Committee (MBA CCC), responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the case competition program. Roles include: President, VP Communications, VP Finance, VP Internal, VP Logistics, VP Marketing. MBA CCC members report to the MBA CCC faculty advisor and receive course credit (3 credits) upon completion of a one-year term.

Applications are open to all MBA students regardless of seniority in the program. Recruitment begins in February of each year (for a term beginning in April). The position of President will be extended to a student chosen by the faculty advisor. Students wishing to apply for a VP position must submit a resume and letter of intent, as well as complete a formal interview process. Students will then be selected by the faculty advisor based on previous experience and participation in the case competition program.

In the stewardship of the above, note that all team selections are the responsibility of the MBA CCC faculty advisor and the coaches that are involved in the MBA case competition program.  The MBA CCC student members are responsible for organizing all the activities that are associated with the above apart from recruitment of students – this remains the responsibility of the MBA CCC faculty advisor.

For application information, click on the link below.

Application information for MBA 695 and MBA 659

Tim Field
Senior Lecturer, Department of Management
Faculty Advisor, MBA Case Competition Program
John Molson School of Business
Concordia University
MB13-105
514-848-2424 ext. 2908
timothy.field@concordia.ca

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