INTERNATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

Dear Senior BCom Students:

Professor Kin Lo, on behalf of the Dean’s Office, invites you to apply to represent the Sauder School of Business at one of the following global case competitions:

(1) Brazil Case Competition – January 12 – 17, 2014
School of Business Administration, Fundacao Getulio Vargas (FGV)
Sao Paulo, Brazil
https://www.facebook.com/brazilcasecompetition

(2) Champions Trophy – January 26 to February 2, 2014
The University of Auckland Business School
Auckland, New Zealand
http://www.champions-trophy.co.nz/

(3) CBS Case Competition – February 22 to March 1, 2014
Copenhagen Business School
Copenhagen, Denmark
http://www.casecompetition.com

(4) Marshall International Case Competition (MICC) – Tentative – Date TBA
Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California
Los Angeles, California
http://students.marshall.usc.edu/undergrad/international-programs/micc

About the competitions
These competitions are among the most prestigious in the world. Participation is by invitation only.  The success of our students in prior case competitions has earned the Sauder School of Business these prized invitations.

The Brazil Case Competition is new this year, and is billed as South America’s first business case competition. It has a unique focus on “Business with Social Impact.” The competition involves one 5-hour case and one 24-hour case. The organizers expect 12 teams from around the world.

Champions Trophy invites 12 business schools from around the world that have won or were runners-up in other international case competitions held in the prior year.  The team winning the Champions Trophy is the champion of champions (and hence the name of the competition). This competition requires teams to solve four separate live cases within five hours each. Sauder teams have competed at Champions Trophy for the past four years with an unsurpassed record, placing 1st, 1st, 4th, and 2nd.
CBS Case Competition is the most well-funded and organized event. It is supported by the largest and most respected Danish companies as well as different levels of government. CBS invites 12 business schools from around the world to solve a live case over a 30-hour period, including extensive online research. Sauder teams competed in 2006, 2007, 2011, and 2013. We were finalists in 2006, 2011, and 2013; and champions in 2006.

MICC invites 30 universities from around the world. Being the largest event of its kind, this competition is arguably the most competitive. In recent years, the Sauder School has competed three times (2009, 2012, 2013) and our teams were one of six finalists each time. The 2012 team placed 3rd, and the 2013 team won the event and brought home the Marshall Cup.  This competition requires teams to solve a live case over a 24-hour period, including extensive online research. (At time of writing, it is not certain whether this competition will run this year. If you are interested in this competition, you should indicate interest in at least one other competition in case this one does not take place.)

The Marshall Cup and other trophies from international case competitions are on display in the trophy case in the 2nd floor hallway outside of classroom 241.

Student qualifications
– 3rd or preferably 4th year undergraduate students
– any option
– prior competition experience is valuable but not essential
– available on campus (not on exchange) during Term 2 (and also during December for the Brazil competition)
– available to travel in the week of the competition, as indicated above
– must commit to spend 40-50 hours on training prior to competition

Costs
Costs of registration, travel, and accommodations are mostly covered by the Sauder School and the CUS. Students are responsible for one-third of travel and accommodation costs. Highly qualified students are eligible for the Beedle Award to cover their share of costs. Details of the cost sharing arrangement and the Beedle Award may be discussed with Professor Kin Lo.

Application
Each application must include the following three items:
1. a short cover letter that (i) identifies the competition(s) in which you are interested and (ii) explains your areas of expertise (e.g., strategic management, financial analysis, financial management, financial modeling, marketing strategy, market research, HR management, operations and logistics, international business, etc.);
2. resume; and
3. transcript (need not be official copies, but must be in good form with course numbers, course names, grades, and grade averages per term or per year)

Each competition requires a team of 4 students. However, students should apply individually. If you have preferences to work with other particular students, please state this clearly on your cover letter (and ensure that those other students also apply).

Please submit your application in hard copy to Professor Kin Lo’s assistant, Debra Harris (HA 366). Students who are currently on exchange may apply by email (debra.harris@sauder.ubc.ca). The deadline for application is noon, Wednesday, November 20.

Selection Process
Professor Lo will contact short-listed applicants to arrange for an interview during the week of November 25-30.

Selection criteria include but are not limited to the following:
– academic record
– case analysis skills
– communication / presentation skills
– ability to work in a team
– range of skills available from other students selected to the team

If have any questions, Professor Kin Lo may be contacted at: kin.lo@sauder.ubc.ca.

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Office of the Dean
Sauder School of Business
The University of British Columbia