Competition Rules and Logistics

Team composition: 3 to 5 graduate students. At least one member must be enrolled in a full-time MBA program.

  • Expenses: All travel and lodging expenses are the sole responsibility of the participating team.

  • Breakfast and lunch will be provided on the day of the competition.

  • The case will be sent to the primary team email by noon on Thursday, February 14th, 2019.

  • Case material submission: Case slides are due via email by 11:59 pm PT on Thursday, February 21st, 2019 to Teams will receive a receipt confirmation email.

  • Each team will be assigned a Team Number, which will be used for team identification and to generate the presentation order. Please make sure to include your team number on the title slide of the case. The team order will be randomly generated and distributed to the teams before the competition.

  • Dress code is business professional. Please reach out to Nitish Bhagia ( if you have any questions.

  • Presentation: Presentations may be controlled via keyboard or a remote clicker (which will be provided) and will be loaded onto the presentation computer by a case competition committee member.

  • Presenters: Each team will select its presenters (minimum of 2 team members). All members of the presenting team are required to remain present during the presentation, but not all have to present the recommendations.

  • Teams may not view other teams’ presentations during the case competition.

  • Faculty support is NOT allowed. Please do not discuss any case contents with faculty until all teams have presented.

  • We recommend that teams DO NOT discuss their case presentation or case content with other teams until all teams have presented

  • Present case analysis: 20 minutes maximum

  • Q&A with judges: 10 minutes maximum

  • Timing will be strictly adhered to and only a 5-minute warning will be given. Any leftover time will be utilized as the judging panel sees fit.

  • There will be a 10 minute break between each presentation

    Each team will be judged by a group of representatives from Blue Shield of California.

  • The panel will be most interested in understanding how your team came to your case recommendations, the feasibility of implementing such recommendations, and your team’s ability to present and support your findings.