Yale SOM Debuts New Case Competition

Yale SOM case competitionMBA students from the Yale School of Management have organized a new kind of business school case competition debuting on April 6th. The one-day only Integrated Leadership Case Competition (ILCC) brings together student teams from top U.S. business schools to tackle a Yale SOM online “raw” case that addresses a business ethics issue.

According to the school, Yale SOM pioneered a “raw” format for case studies in 2006.  Raw cases are web-based, open-ended, and multi-perspective presentations that can feature thousands of pages of relevant material that students must analyze, such as 10-Ks, analyst reports, news articles, stock charts, and interviews with key players—a format that reflects the way managers analyze information to make informed business decisions.

Inspired by Yale SOM’s integrated MBA curriculum and Leadership Development Program, the school explains that “ILCC student teams must include members from different disciplines and/or professional backgrounds, and student teams will be encouraged to draw on multiple disciplines and to consider different vantage points and multiple stakeholders when formulating their strategies.”

Teams made up of students from Yale SOM, the NYU Stern School of Business, the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University, and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania will present to a panel of judges including Yale faculty, sponsors, and corporate leaders.

“This competition encompasses many of the key components we love about Yale SOM: small group work, data-rich raw cases, and complex problems that require comprehensive, creative solutions,” says Caitlin Sullivan ’13, Yale SOM Student Government president. “We’re excited to showcase these elements with our colleagues from peer business schools.”

Thomas Kolditz, professor in the practice of leadership and director of Yale SOM’s Leadership Development Program, will serve as a judge. “This is not only a great event for practicing good analysis, it’s a rich team leadership lab,” Kolditz says. “Participants will be given feedback on their leadership skills, teamwork, and performance. This competition will truly be integrated learning.”



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