MICCSR Rules and FAQ

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Composition of Teams

Teams are made up of 3-4 matriculated undergraduate students who are enrolled at their schools as of the date of the competition.

Invitations

The deadline to request an invitation for your undergraduate team to participate is November 1, 2020. We will issue official invitations by December 1, 2020. We have the capacity to accommodate up to 20 teams (Approximately 12 U.S. schools and 8 international schools). We will start a wait-list when these numbers have been reached. Wait-listed schools will be notified by January 12, 2021. Because of this, early expression of interest is important.

International Universities

Due to COVID-19 all MICCSR activities will take place virtually. Due to US Government regulations around taxes on student awards, international participants will not be eligible for the cash prize pool for MICCSR.

U.S. Universities

The competition will have four pools of five teams (planned) in the preliminary round, with one team advancing from each pool. The prized for the winning teams (U.S. teams only) are as follows:

  • 1st place - $1,000 per participant
  • 2nd place - $500 per participant
  • 3rd place - $250 per participant
  • 4th place - $125 per participant

Competition Format

Detailed rules and competition format updates will be posted in early December, 2020. 

Rules and Roles for Advisors

Expectations of the advisors' involvement change as the competition timeline progresses.

  • Advisors give advice and resources for case preparation, CSR, strategy, presentation skills, PPT use, time management, etc. 
  • While students are working on the case, advisors have no contact with their team.
  • In the third bullet, change the text to read: After student teams have submitted their electronic presentation and supplemental materials, advisors provide feedback to the teams on their presentation styles, such as verbal tics, body language, where to stand, and timing. Coaching should be limited to the presentation skills rather than the content and specifics of the case solution.
  • During competition, team Advisors coach and encourage their team members. 
  • After the competition: Advisors debrief with teams and explore the lessons learned from the competition.

Advisors will not be permitted to observe the preliminary round presentations of other teams nor to sit in on the judges' deliberations.

Presentation Guidelines

Detailed Presentation Guidelines will be posted in early December, 2020. 

Judging Criteria

Presentations will be judged according to the following criteria:

  • 40 - Quality of Analysis
    • Scope and depth of analysis
    • Ability to draw valid conclusions from case data and research
  • 30 - Quality of Recommendations
    • Scope and viability of recommendations as it relates to analysis
    • Anticipated impact on the organization and its stakeholders
    • Backed up recommendations with documentation and anticipated outcomes
  • 15 - Quality of Presentation
    • Logical sequence of presentation
    • All members participated
    • Representation of the case and company values
  • 10 - Quality of Q&A
    • Understand and respond to questions appropriately
    • Demonstrate forethought and preparation for questions
  • 5 - Overall Performance

Judge's score sheets will NOT be made available to students after the event. They only serve as a starting point for their judging, not a strict numeric calculation.

Integrity

Rules and guidelines can only cover a limited number of scenarios.  It is our expectation that every team participating in this case competition will act with the highest sense of integrity, honor, and respect for the spirit of the competition and its competitors.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is the role of the advisor?

A. The advisor's involvement changes as the competition progresses:

  • Before the case is distributed, advisors give advice and resources for case preparation, CSR, strategy, presentation skills, PPT use, time management, etc.
  • While students are working on the case advisors have no contact with their team.
  • After student teams have submitted their electronic presentation, advisors provide feedback to the teams on their presentation styles, such as verbal tics, body language, where to stand, and timing. Coaching should be limited to the presentation skills rather than the content and specifics of the case solution
  • During the competition, team advisors coach and encourage their team members. Advisors may observe the preliminary round presentation of their own team and may provide additional presentation styles coaching after the preliminary round as teams prepare for the possibility of making it to the final round.

Q: Can we visit the case company as part of our case preparation?

A: Yes. The period for developing your recommendation is the case analysis and problem solving period. Once you submit your electronic presentation, your focus should shift to refining your delivery style for your presentation. 

Q: Can we talk with people from the case company about the case? What about their competitors?

A: No. Employee knowledge about company practices, regardless of title or company, is not considered to be publicly available information accessible to all teams. Conversations with company employees are limited to typical customer-company transactions.

Q: Can we get feedback from others about our presentation content?

A: No. Teams may not get input on their presentation's content at any time from any one. The content of the presentation includes the work of the student team members and no one else.

Q: Can we get feedback from others about our presentation delivery?

A: Yes. Teams may request feedback on their delivery of the case solution after they have submitted the final PPT on Monday. Presentation skills advice addresses things like verbal tics, body language, speaking too fast, clothing suggestions, volume, or timing of slides. Advice should not attempt to change the content of slides or the team's proposed solution.

Q: Do we have to stop researching the case when we submit our electronic presentation?

A: Yes. The period for developing your recommendation is comprised of the 72 hours prior to the electronic presentation deadline. The days between the submission deadline and the competition day are to be used to refine your delivery style and travel to the UW Tacoma campus. Keep in mind:

  1. Your preliminary round assignment will be based on the quality and thoroughness of your recommendation.
  2. Judges are instructed to make sure that the electronic presentation is aligned with and supported by your verbal presentation.

Q: Where can we see what other teams have done?

A: Check out the archives section of this website (link at upper left) to find the previous cases, videos, and electronic presentations.