Case Competition Rules

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  • Teams will be judged on their quantitative, qualitative, analytical, organizational and presentation skills.
  • The case presentations will be made to panels of judges on the Friday following the case distribution.  There will be a preliminary round and a final round.
  • Cases will be delivered to teams electronically to according to the competition schedule.
  • Upon receipt of the electronic presentations, CLSR staff will review the presentations and assign a rank order based on the quality of the presentation's conclusions and recommendations. Teams will be assigned presentation rooms based on this preliminary ranking. The goal of a seeded competition is for the best teams to compete in the final round rather than the preliminary round. This preliminary ranking is confidential and will not be shared with anyone outside of the CLSR staff.
  • Each team will have 10 minutes to present their case analysis and recommendations.  There will be a 10-minute Q&A period during which time the judges will address questions to the presenting team. There will be a 5-minute feedback session after the Q&A, during which teams are not allowed to respond.  There will be a 5-minute break between each presentation.  Times are subject to change based on the number of teams participating and the final schedule.
  • Every member of the team must present part of the case solution to the panel of judges.
  • There will be a timekeeper in the presentation room. The timekeeper will alert the teams when there are 5 minutes, 2 minutes and 1 minute remaining for the presentation, and will notify the team and judges when time has expired.  Timekeepers also ensure that rules are followed by team members and judges in preliminary round rooms.
  • Teams may use textbooks, notes, etc., but may not discuss the case with outside sources.  Use of the internet to download and research information is permitted.
  • Each team member must actively participate in the team's presentation.
  • Teams can and should practice their presentations up until the presentation time. Teams may get feedback on the delivery of their recommendations, but not on the content itself.
  • Competitors must be currently enrolled undergraduate students at the UW Tacoma campus.

Presentation Guidelines

We check every presentation to make sure that it works, however a little extra information from you will ensure a smooth presentation during the competition. 

  • PREZI: If you create your presentation using Prezi, share a copy with us at We will create our own copy and link to that copy on the competition day.
  • FONTS: Your presentation should use only Microsoft 2010 Windows fonts. If you’ve used other fonts, we cannot guarantee that your PPT will appear as intended.
  • OTHER: Tell a CLSR staff member if your presentation includes video, requires audio, or contains links that require internet access.
  • CLICKER: Each competition room will be equipped with a remote for advancing slides, as well as extra batteries.

Judging Criteria

Presentations are judged according to the following criteria:

  • 40 - Quality of Analysis
  • 30 - Quality of Recommendations
  • 15 - Quality of Presentation
  • 10 - Quality of Q&A
  • 5 - Overall Performance

Winning Teams

A team from the Milgard Case Competition will represent the Milgard School of Business in the Milgard Invitational Case Competition on Social Responsibility (MICCSR) on March 1, 2019. The preparation weekend for that competition is February 22 through February 25.