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Student Case-Study Competition

Annual Student Case-Study Competition

The IACBE organizes and hosts a student case-study competition each year at its Annual Conference and Assembly Meeting.

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Student Case-Study CompetitionCompetition Description

The IACBE annual student case-study competition focuses on business ethics and is open to students from all IACBE-member institutions worldwide. The competition is scheduled in conjunction with the IACBE Annual Conference and Assembly Meeting each year.

The IACBE is committed to “partnering with colleges and universities in preparing today’s business students for tomorrow’s workplace.” In this spirit, the case-study competition is intended to provide students with an opportunity to showcase their abilities to analyze a case, to identify and discuss recommendations for ethical action, and to “think on their feet.” The case-study competition requires their ability to (1) work as members of a team, (2) collect and analyze data, and (3) effectively present case information and answer questions in a clear, concise, and professional manner.


Business Ethics

Student teams are composed of no fewer than two and no more than four members. Each team must be accompanied by a faculty advisor.


Judges are drawn from IACBE member institutions and from the local business community (if possible).


First-, second-, and third-place teams are selected based on the total combined scores on the judging scorecards from four rounds of case presentations by each team. Placing teams are awarded plaques that can be displayed at their respective institutions.

Competition Structure

The case-study competition is held over two days at the IACBE's Annual Conference and Assembly Meeting each year.

Day 1 – Rounds 1 and 2

Prior to the event, each student team selects and prepares a case that has ethical implications. The teams then present their cases over two rounds on the first day of the competition. An optional evening excursion is also planned for the students.

Day 2 – Rounds 3 and 4

On the second day of the competition, each team is supplied a case selected by the IACBE. The teams are given the morning for preparation, and then present their cases over two rounds during the afternoon. The winners of the annual competition are recognized and honored at the accreditation banquet that evening.

Rules Governing Both Rounds

  • In their case presentations, teams are expected to explain the relevant background information of the case, which may include legal, financial, economic, marketing, and management issues relevant to the case, and to present the ethical issue identified in the case.
  • After presenting the case, each team must make and justify recommendations for action that are solidly grounded in ethics theory.
  • The case presentations (with PowerPoint slides) must be no more than 20 minutes in length, followed by up to 10 minutes of questions from the judges.


The IACBE Student Case-Study Competition is sponsored in part by:

Sponsor:Bloomberg Businessweek
Sponsor:Eller Center
Sponsor:Grantham University
Sponsor:Peregrine Academics

2017 Competition

Stay tuned to this site for information about the 2017 case-study competition.

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