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Frequently Asked Questions

Teams

Who can be on my team?
What happens if we add or remove team members?

Registration

Why is registration limited to 225?
Why is there a GPA requirement?
Can I register as a free agent and then move to a team later?
Can I still participate if I'm not a Kogod student?
How do I determine my class standing?

Competition

What support is available to help prepare for the competition?
I'm a freshmen/sophomore... Do I have the business knowledge I need to participate?
How can I highlight the case competition on my resume?
What time commitment is required to participate?
How is the competition scored and how are teams ranked?

International Teams

Why are international partner schools invited to the Kogod Case Competition?
Which international partner schools are invited?
How did Kogod decide which schools to invite?
Will all of the international partner schools send a team?
Who pays for the international teams to attend?
Are registration spots being reserved for international schools?

Who can be on my team?
There are three divisions of teams, named for the major thoroughfares around AU:

  1. Massachusetts: Team is comprised of freshmen and/or sophomores (by credit hours); no juniors, seniors, or graduate students are allowed on this team.
  2. Nebraska: Team is comprised of a majority of juniors and/or seniors (by credit hours); can have no more than two (2) freshmen or sophomores, and no graduate students.
  3. Wisconsin: Team is comprised of a majority of graduate students; can have no more than two (2) juniors or seniors and no freshmen or sophomores.

The purpose of this is to group participants with similar skill levels so judges in your rooms will not be comparing teams with different skill levels.

What happens if we want to add or remove team members?
There are two reasons we recommend not adding or removing members once a team has formed: Work load and team division changes.

The reason we allow up to five person teams is a balanced distribution of work that goes into creating a presentation for the Case Competition. Teams with less people will have more work to do individually than a team with more people.

Your team must also fall into one of the three divisions. In most cases, teams will still be eligible to compete due to members of different class standing entering/leaving the competition but doing so may result in a division change. Your team must meet eligibility requirements for a division by 9:00 a.m. on Friday, February 7, 2014 even if that division is different than the one for which you originally registered. This may be an issue in the following situations:

  • If a team is comprised of three (3) juniors, a freshman and a sophomore, they would be in the Nebraska division. If two juniors wish to leave the team (leaving only a junior, freshman and sophomore), this team would still meet the minimum number of members required to participate but would not be eligible to compete because they no longer fit into any of the divisions.
  • If a team is comprised of three (3) graduate students, a senior and a junior, they would be in the Wisconsin division. If two graduate students wish to leave the team (leaving only a graduate student, senior and junior), this team would meet the minimum number of members required to participate but would not be eligible to compete because they do not fit any of the divisions.

Why is registration limited to 225?
Over the last few years, participation in the competition has increased substantially. In 2009, the competition was so popular that we had 275 competitors. We are thrilled that so many students competed, but we simply do not have the space, equipment, and time to provide a quality experience for 64 teams! Limiting the competition to 225 participants means that our networking events will be more productive. All students will be able to sit with a judge at lunch, hear the guest speaker, and network during the afternoon reception. Fortunately, students will have more than one opportunity to participate as this is an annual event.

Why is there a GPA requirement?
While the competition is only four days long, it does require a significant amount of time and energy. We determined that students who are on academic probation will not benefit from the competition in the same way that students who are in good academic standing will benefit. Undergraduate students whose GPA is below a 2.5 and graduate students whose GPA is below a 3.0 should focus on their coursework in the spring semester, trying to improve their GPA and looking forward to competing in 2015.

Can I register as a free agent and then move to a team later?
Absolutely. We recommend registering yourself as soon as possible to save a space. Of course, if you have a team formed, you should all register as soon as possible, but if you find teammates later, you can add them to your team. If you register as a free agent and would like to be added to a team later, just email kogodcasecomp@american.edu. Unfortunately, you can’t save spots for team members and we can not “complete” partial teams once the competition has been filled, so don’t delay!

Can I still participate if I'm not a Kogod student? Or, can I include students from other AU schools on my team?
Yes. The Kogod Case Competition has value for all students at American University. The event is open to all graduate and undergraduate students at AU. Students from all academic backgrounds and levels of experience will enjoy and benefit from the event. We have had all schools represented by competitors in the past and hope to do the same this year! The case that students will analyze encompasses communications, nonprofit management, public policy, and law, in addition to business.

How do I determine my class standing? (Undergraduates)
To determine your class standing for your division eligibility in the Case Competition, your must have the appropriate number of completed credits by the start of the Spring 2013 semester.

  • Freshman: 0-29 completed credits
  • Sophomore: 30-59 completed credits
  • Junior: 60-89 completed credits
  • Senior: 90+ completed credits

If you are unsure of your class standing based on completed credits, please consult with the Undergraduate Advising Office.

What support is available to help prepare for the competition?
We provide several resources to help you be prepare for the competition. First, the Case Competition Blackboard site will be your “one stop” for case competition resources, including videos of past finalists and updates from staff. Additionally, a comprehensive workshop series has been developed to give you a “crash course” in case competitions. Visit the workshops page for details about the competitions available.

I'm a freshmen/sophomore... Do I have the business knowledge I need to participate?

We get asked this question a lot…and the answer is “Absolutely”! A big part of the competition is working on a team and learning how to analyze a business case from any level of experience. As a freshmen/sophomore, you will gain experience in how to manage your time during a competition and how to work on a team so that in future years, you will be able to focus more on the application of your business knowledge. In addition, the opportunity to network with judges could land you your next internship and give you a solid experience to highlight during an interview. Finally, the opportunity to interact and network with upper division Kogod students could help you make new friends and get connected with the Kogod student community.

How can I highlight the case competition on my resume?

The Kogod Case Competition is a great addition to your resume as well as integral to your interview prep. The KCCD staff is prepared to help you highlight this experience to fit the jobs/internships you are looking for. We hear time and time again that students have landed a job or internship because of the skills they acquired during the competition and/or the network they cultivated during the event.

What time commitment is required to participate?
You probably hear this saying a lot but "you will get out of the competition what you put into it." Remember, the case competition is not required, but you are working on a team with peers who are committed to giving the case competition their best shot. So, you need to pull your weight. Although workshops are optional, they can often save you time in the long run by giving you tips and insider information about case competitions. Case competition isn't an excuse for missing class, so make sure you plan accordingly and prepare class assignments and readings in advance so ease the workload that week.

How is the competition scored and how are teams ranked?
Each presentation will be observed and scored by a panel of judges who are business leaders and alumni. It is important to remember that this competition is different than classroom grading. Judges are not faculty and they will each come to the competition with a background of experiences that will, inevitably, inform their scoring. To prepare judges, we send each judge the case in advance and judges will engage in a training session lead by Kogod faculty and KCBC. We hope students will embrace the opportunity to be in front of a real panel of professionals and appreciate the diverse experiences brought by each of our judges. The scoring rubric used by judges will be made available on the Blackboard site for the Competition.

Why are international partner schools invited to send a team to the Kogod Case Competition?
The Kogod School of Business values:

  • its globally diverse student body and faculty
  • partnerships with the people and institutions shaping international change
  • educating its students to be competitive in the US and abroad
  • offering exchange and study abroad opportunities
  • educating students and institutions around the world about the Kogod School

Benefits of inviting international partner schools to the Kogod Case Competition include:

  • providing AU students the opportunity to see how business students from another country conduct case analysis
  • giving AU students experience competing in an international marketplace
  • demonstrating Kogod’s value to an international audience
  • strengthening the relationships between Kogod and its international partners

Which international partner schools are invited?

  • ESCP-Europe in France
  • Ceram Business School in France
  • Rouen Business School in France
  • The Helsinki School of Economics in Finland
  • Universidad Pontificia de Comillas- ICADE in Spain
  • The American University in Cairo in Egypt
  • Universidad Adolfo Ibañez in Chile
  • The University College Dublin in Ireland
  • The Aarhus School of Business in Denmark
  • The BI Norwegian School of Management in Norway
  • The Chinese University of Hong Kong in China
  • The University of Queensland in Australia
  • The International University of Monaco in Principality of Monaco
  • Kuwait University, College of Business Administration in Kuwait
  • WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management in Germany

How did Kogod decide which schools to invite?
Kogod's International Programs Office worked with the AU Abroad office to determine 15 partner business schools.

Will all of the international partner schools send a team?
No. We expect just a few schools to send a team. Each school may only send one undergraduate team and/or one graduate team.

Who pays for the international teams to attend?
The international partner school is responsible for all expenses related to their participation in the case competition.

Are registration spots reserved for international schools?
No, students/teams from international partner schools must register in the same way that students at AU register. Like AU students, they will no longer be able to register once the limit of 225 participants is reached.