Q1. Who can compete?
This competition is open to invited HBCUs from the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia area. Each university may field two teams each of four undergraduate business students and one faculty advisor. No alternates are permitted. Each of the four members of the team must be currently enrolled, degree-seeking undergraduate students registered within the business school at the team's host university. It is suggested that teams are composed of undergraduate students representing a different specific function in the following areas: Finance/Accounting, Marketing, Management/International Business, and Operations/IT.
Q2. May our University field only one team and still participate?
Yes. Each university may field only one team and still participate. However, each team must have four undergraduate student members to compete effectively.
Q3. What is the length and nature of the case that will be analyzed?
The nature of the “case” is embedded in the interactive online simulation in which each team will compete. The simulation addresses multiple countries on the continent of Asia and covers multiple functional areas of decision-making.
Q4. How can my team prepare for the competition?
To prepare for the competition, teams will receive training on the use of the online simulation software and time during a practice period to make decisions that will not impact their rankings. Teams also will have a Reading Period to review the background material and learn about the Asian business markets in which the competition is based.
Q5. Do we have to purchase access to the online simulation?
No, this Challenge is fully funded by CIBER-CMCC, Interpretive Simulations, and Madden Shoes for your educational advancement. Each team member and the Faculty Advisor will have access to the team’s simulation account at no cost.
Q6. How can we access the simulation website?
Each team will have access to the simulation website from the location of their choice. Teams must provide their own computers and internet access. The Challenge Managers cannot provide a loaner laptop to any student.
Q7. How many faculty advisors are there for each team? What is their function?
The Challenge allows for one faculty advisor per team. It is hoped that each university will host two teams with two different faculty advisors. If that is not possible, then one faculty advisor may support both teams of four undergraduate business students each.
The role of the faculty advisor is to assist the team as they think through the material and interact with the Challenge Managers and Howard University School of Business.
Faculty advisors are invited and encouraged to participate in many of the activities held during the competition, such as the Challenge Orientation, Awards Ceremony, and more. However, faculty advisors are not allowed to assist in Challenge decisions but may coach their teams by answering questions about options.
Faculty advisors will be permitted to observe and record their own team members' presentations. Attendance at the Awards Ceremony is mandatory for all team members and faculty advisors.
Q8. Can teams use other consultants during case competitions?
No. Teams are expected to produce original work solely attributable to the four undergraduate student members. Teams may not consult with advisors, other faculty, staff, team hosts, other students, or any other non-team members during the preparation of the strategy decisions throughout the Challenge period. Students are welcome to use books, internet web page information, or any other non-human resource to gather information. Participants must carefully cite and acknowledge all sources used in their work.
Q9. Any other helpful hints in regard to case preparation?
It is always an advantage to be educated about current world issues. Teams should become familiar with conducting online searches for relevant information and sources.
Q10. What are your expectations for the team presentation?
All teams must present their strategies and decision-making used during the competition to a panel of distinguished judges by a pre-recorded video.
We highly recommend that the presentation of the case solution include all student team members in speaking roles. Teams should work to capitalize on the strengths of each individual team member!
Q11. How will the judging work?
Judging will be “blind”, meaning our judges will not be told and should not be led by the team to know which school the team represents. Teams should not include any graphics or words in the presentation that would identify your school, state, or country, and clothing should be neutral in color and not school-oriented in any way.
In the first round, the judges will view the pre-recorded video provided by all participating teams.
In the second round, the judges will view live presentations (via Zoom) of the finalist teams. Teams in the second round should be prepared for questions from the judges.
Q12. Will we receive feedback about our presentation?
Judges will provide feedback after the competition for learning purposes.
Q13. May we get a copy of the presentations of the other teams?
No. Sharing of the pre-recorded video presentations is discouraged to ensure the integrity of the competition.
The Awards ceremony presentations of the finalist teams will be recorded. The judges will determine if the recording will be released.
Q14. May we take photos during the Awards Ceremony?
Yes. Photos may be taken during the online Awards Ceremony.