A Case Competition, Defined

Most b-school applicants have already familiarized themselves with the near-ubiquitious case study approach that is the cornerstone of such MBA programs as Harvard Business School, UM Ross School of Business and UV Darden School of Business, to name a few.

However, my guess is that most candidates aren’t completely clear on what is a case competition, and how does it work? If that’s you, I suggest you take a look at this recent post by Jonathan Harris, a second-year MBA student at Darden.

As Harris points out, the case competition experience can be grueling, intense, overwhelming, and exhausting, but they are also great opportunities that allow you to apply what you’ve learned in class to real-world scenarios.

From the Deloitte Case Challenge in 2010, where he got his first taste of competition, to this past February’s Net Impact Case Competition, this Darden second-year sheds light on exactly what goes down during the entire process—including how little sleep you get while doing it.

“By breaking away from the ivory tower of the classroom,” says Harris, “these competitions have tested my new knowledge and have prepared me to be a more complete business leader when I graduate from Darden.”

I think the post is an eye-opener and really paints an accurate picture of this unique element of the MBA curriculum.

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