Full-time MBA students participate in a team case competition at the conclusion of their core courses. This culminating event allows students to apply the knowledge and skills learned in their core courses to a real world scenario.
During the two-day competition, MBA student teams are handed a business case and given 24 hours to analyze the case and prepare a presentation with their findings and recommendations. On the second day, student teams present their ideas to a panel of judges comprised of business executives and faculty. Winning teams from each division advance to the final round of competition, repeating their presentation to a new panel of judges. Scholarships are awarded to the top performing teams and individuals at a banquet following the competition.
In 2005, the Iowa State University MBA Case Competition was launched thanks to the generous support of William “Bill” Kalm (B.S., 1973, M.S., 1977), a former senior partner with Accenture, who remains actively involved with the case competition today.
Bill Kalm was inspired to support the case competition idea in gratitude to Emeritus Professor Charles B. Handy who served as the first dean of the College of Business from 1984 – 1989. As an accounting professor and leader of the business program, Dr. Handy encouraged a countless number of students, like Bill Kalm, to become their best; both personally and professionally, in the classroom and beyond.
Founded upon this high level of academic excellence, the internal case competition offers an extraordinary learning experience for Iowa State MBA students.
External MBA Case Competitions
Teams of full-time MBA students also participate in case competitions throughout the Midwest including the MBA Case Competition in Ethical Leadership hosted by Baylor University, the MBA Strategy Case Competition hosted by the University of Illinois, the Walton International Graduate Supply Chain Case Competition hosted by the University of Arkansas, and the Big 12 MBA Case Competition hosted by a Big 12 Conference University.