International case competitions

Teams of students represent CBS around the world - and win in the best Danish style! CBS has participated in international case competitions since 1998 and, in addition to having its own internationally recognized CBS Case Competition, CBS participates annually in several international competitions. We field teams at both the graduate and undergraduate level every spring and have a record of which to be proud! Why not apply to get the chance!?

Teams 2016

CBS team at SICC Tel Aviv 2017
Champions Australian Undergraduate Business Case Competition 2016
CBS at CICC
AUBCC 2017
CBS team at NUS 2017
CBS Case Teams autumn 2017


 

Case Competitions: The General Concept

Business case competitions have taken place around the world for over three decades now. The first ones were in North America and were for national schools only. Then the idea evolved and international case competitions began. Fewer international competitions are to be found in the US at this point. They have migrated to Asia, Europe and Oceania. The competitions are evolving as they grow into exciting real-time consulting for companies and organizations.
A business case competition is a great opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills you have gained during your studies at CBS. The extra and invaluable benefit is that you get to apply that knowledge by working as a consultant outside the classroom. CBS strives to participate in competitions with "live" cases, which means that you work on issues confronting a real company or organization in real time.
All teams in the competition are given the same written case about a business and must develop a solution to the issues the company or organization is facing. Teams are restricted to their own members while cracking the case but normally have access to the internet and international data bases for research.

How does a competition work?
Each university sends a team of students (usually four) accompanied by their coach or faculty advisor. Competition can be between as few as eight schools, up to as many as thirty. The teams receive the business case and are then sequestered from the other students and faculty advisor for anywhere from 24 to 60 hours on-site - even longer if the research is done ahead of time off-site.

During that time the team members:

  • Read the business case (anywhere between 2 and 300 pages)
  • Identify the issues
  • Develop a solidly researched plan to resolve the issues
  • Prepare a presentation to convincingly communicate the proposals/plan for the "board of directors" or relevant body (jury of judges)

Case Competitions: The Vision

Participating in a case competition is an invaluable experience - for the students, for CBS and for the focus company in the case!

Many of the students initially apply because of the chance to travel. But they quickly realize there are other, much more important and valuable reasons.

  • "I always thought consultants were people who used nothing more than common sense. My eyes have been opened to the excitement and depth of that field now!" Spring, 2013
  • "I have learned more in the last four weeks with intense training than I learned in my entire education to date. I've learned how to apply all those theories that seemed so useless outside of the classroom!" Spring, 2014
  • "Today when applying for full-time positions in consulting, the skills I use the most are those I learned while participating in the case competition." Spring, 2011
  • "Participating in an international case competition at HKUST in Hong Kong was probably the peak of my three years as an undergraduate. Autumn, 2007
  • "Someone once said; "winning isn’t everything," and I agree. We didn’t win, not the competition anyway, but I still claim we won an experience that cannot be bought ever. CARPE DIEM!" Autumn, 2012
  • "I now have a large international network of future business men and women. You can't put a price on that!" Spring, 2014
  • "Presenting proposals to a real company that really wants to know what to do and how to do it is a chance that I am so glad I took." Spring 2010
  • "I've never been so exhausted. But I've never had so much fun getting so exhausted!" Spring, 1999

CBS gains from these experiences as well

  • CBS started by benchmarking against the best business schools. CBS has now proudly become one of the benchmarks for other schools.
  • CBS students gain polish and poise and assurance that is otherwise a difficult thing to impart in a classroom.
  • CBS believes in providing this opportunity to as many students as possible and not restricting itself to the dream team model. CBS has won using this strong democratic model, thus showcasing the breadth and quality of our students and education.

Companies gain from these experiences as well:

  • By being the "case company" they get the chance to have bright, young minds look at their business in ways they may never have considered.
  • The team proposals are almost always of great use to the company going forward. The winning solution is only part of their gain: even though others schools did not win, companies usually find excellent ideas incorporated in the remaining presentations and often these ideas can be used, as well.
  • The companies get a first-hand look at the upcoming graduates and future business men an women in a way that "normal" recruiting activities can never provide.

Competitions coming up spring 2018

Undergraduate competitions

BI International Case Competition 2018
BI Norwegian Business School, Oslo, Norway
When: Week 7 (10 - 16 February 2018)
Four undergraduate team members: TBA
2017 winners: Queen's University

CBS Case Competition 2018  
Copenhagen Business School
When: Week 9 (24 February - 3 March 2018)
Four undergraduate team members: TBA
2017 winners: McGill University

University of British Columbia, Sauder School of Business, Vancouver
When: Week 10 (3 - 9 March 2018)
Four undergraduate team members:  TBA
2017 winners: University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business
 
Belgrade Business International Case Competition 2018
University of Belgrade, Serbia
When: Week 16 (15 - 21 April 2018)
Four undergraduate team members: TBA
2017 winners: Nanyang Technical University
 
Maastricht University, Maastricht
When: Week 18 (29 April - 5 May 2018)
Four graduate team members: TBA
2017 winners: University of British Columbia, Sauder School of Business
 

Apply for team membership

The application process for team membership is in December/January for spring competitions and in April/May for Autumn competition. 

The next application deadline is Wednesday, 3 January 2018 at 23.59.

Find out more at: career.cbs.dk/case

Caroline R. Krzton & Janie Huus Tange
CBS case coaches
case@cbs.dk

CBS Record of Wins: 1999 to date

They came, they analysed with blood, sweat, tears and laughter, and in the end, they competed in the best Danish style!



Champion: Copenhagen Business School
2017 Australian Undergraduate Business Case Competition, Brisbane, Australia
Frederik Steensbæk Lauritsen (PRO)
Lasse Diamant (PRO) 
Ida Mentz (IBP) 
Jeppe Herløw Schmidt (FIL)

2nd runnerup: Copenhagen Business School
2017 CITI-HKUST International Case Competition, Hongkong
1st place: Queen's University

Frederik Steensbæk Lauritsen (PRO)
Mark Boesen (IBP)
Maggie Moesgaard (IBP)
John Crafoord (SEM)

Finalists: Copenhagen Business School
2017 CaseIT MIS Case Competition
Simon Fraser, Vancouver, BC
1st place: University of Indiana

Jacob Strand (IB)
Joakim Bull (IB)
Sarah Frandsen (IBP)

Champion: Copenhagen Business School
2016 Australian Undergraduate Business Case Competition, Melbourne, Australia
Christina Skov Jensen (IB)
Jakob Terkildsen (IBP)
Ricco Hansen (IB)
Rikke Knudsen (SEM-A&C)
Finalists: Copenhagen Business School
2016 BBICC University of Belgrade, Serbia
Tom Vollmer (SEM)
Emil Sørensen (IB)
Kajin Rashik (HA-Almen) 
Kristian David Mangold (European Business)
2nd runnerup: Copenhagen Business School
2016 MMICC, McGill University, Montreal
Christian Jelsbech (HA-Almen)
Rikke Knudsen (SEM)
Jannik Pedersen (IB)
Alexander Rosenberg (IB)
Finalists: 2016 Sauder Summit Global Case Competition 
University of British Columbia, Sauder School of Business, Vancouver
Jarl Greve (IB)
Morten Arrild Juhl (IB)
Sarah Nadine Raida (IB)
Sebastian Robert Kersting (IB)

Best in Industry, Copenhagen Business School

2016 Global MBA Consulting Challenge, Marshall School of Business, USC

Christian Wanding Dahl (IMM)
Simone Ringmann (AEF)
Finn Jannik Schmidt (AEF
Ida Bjørlig (IT)
Jonas Müller (IMM)

2nd place Copenhagen Business School 
2016 CaseIT MIS Case Competition, Simon Fraser University

Rasmus Bo Madsen (IT)
Esben Søndergaard Petersen (IB)
Peter Gelardi Mikkelsen (IBP)

Finalist, 2nd place: CBS

2015 Sofaer International Case Competition, University of Tel Aviv

Alex Fong (FSM) 
Casper Laurent (OIE) 
Line Diemer Wulff (AEF) 
René Thygesen (MIB)

Overall winner: CBS

2015 Global Consulting Challenge

Peter Lærkholm Petersen -  FIN,
Joachim Brejnholt Satchwell - FIR
Sigrid Sømod -  IT
Anders Skovsgaard Valentin - FSM
Jan Dong Høgh Vejdiksen - FSM

Second Place: CBS

2015 Sauder Summit, UBC

Casper Sylvest Helledi, IB; Andreas Langholz, IBP;
Katrine Refvem, IT;
Philip Sørensen, IB (GLOBE)

First Place: CBS

2014 HEC International Graduate Competition

Innovation Management: Casper Laurent (cand.soc. OIE), Finance: Jonatan Dehnisch (cand.merc. FSM), Social Entrepreneurship: Maja Okholm (cand.merc. IBP/CEMS MIM), Marketing: René Thyggesen (cand.merc. MIB)

Second Place: CBS

2014 Sauder Summit Case Competition

Emil Dalgård (IB), Kai Naijoks (IB), Line Wulff (IB), Linus Hoppe (GLOBE)
Finalist: CBS

2014 Copenhagen Business School Case Competition
Benedikte Friis (BLC German), Johan Stubert (IBP), Mads Schou-Andreasen (GLOBE), Simone Ringmann (IB)

First Place Overall: CBS

2013 Global Consulting Challenge, University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business 

Christian Hedegaard (CM FIR), Mads Misiak Friis (CM SOL), Daniel Ruff (CM IMM), Morten Veith Schroeder (CM AEF), Mads Wadstrøm Christiansen (CM AEF)

First Place: CBS

2013 Grundfos Challenge Regional Finals

Jannik Henriks (CM IT), Line Hansen (CM SCM), and Max Cantor (CM AEF)

First Place: CBS

2013 Grundfos Challenge International Finals

Jannik Henriks (CM IT), Line Hansen (CM SCM), and Max Cantor (CM AEF)

2nd Place: CBS

2013 International Business Ethics Case Competition, The Center for Ethics and Business at Loyola Marymount University, the Opus College of Business of the University of St. Thomas (MN), and the Ethics & Compliance Officer Association (ECOA)

Bjørg Ilsø Klinkby (MSc IBP), Adam Eithz Kromann (MSc BAP) and  Anne Cathrine Garde (MSc IBP)

Semi-finalist: CBS

2013 Sofaer International Case Competition, Tel Aviv University, The Leon Recanati Graduate School of Business Administration

Alexander Strøm (CM IMBE), Ignas Gibavicius CM SCM), Søren E. Pedersen (CM FIR) , Esben Anneberg Poulsen (CM AEF)

Finalist: CBS

2013 CBS Case Competition, Copenhagen Business School

Anders Lykke Iversen (BSc IB), Douglas von Euler-Chelpin (BSc IBP), Bertil Jessen (BSc EBA), Tennae Villadsen (BSc BLC)

First Place Short Case: CBS

2012 STAR Case Competition, Rotterdam School of Management

Jesper Damsgaard, Andreas Holmbom, Katja Everhardt, Mads Misiak Friis

First Place Long Case: CBS

2012 STAR Case Competition, Rotterdam School of Management

Jesper Damsgaard, Andreas Holmbom, Katja Everhardt, Mads Misiak Friis

2nd place: CBS

2012 Sofaer International Case Competition, Tel Aviv University, The Leon Recanati Graduate School of Business Administration

Daniel Ruff, Marcus Mølleskov, Pedro Maestrelli, Line Hansen

2nd place: CBS

2012 HEC International Case Competition, HEC Montréal, Canada

Shafak Samsheer, Victor Olsson, Karin Blomqvist,  Christian Refshauge, 

First Place: CBS

2012 Scotia Bank International Case Competition , University of Western Ontario, Richard Ivey School of Business

Justinas Pasys, Sara Friis Bache, Mads Misiak Friis, Jesper Damsgaard

Finalists:  CBS

2012 MICC - Marshall International Case Competition, University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business, Los Angeles, California

Mark da Silva, Josephine Jørgensen, Lisa Mogard and Daniel Tufte-Kristensen.

2nd PlaceCBS

2011 SMU APEX Global Business IT Challenge, Singapore Management School

Mads Bukholt, Mads Wadstrøm. Andreas Nielsen

Best Presenter: CBS' Mads Wadstrøm

2011 SMU APEX Global Business IT Challenge, Singapore Management School

Mads Wadstrøm

Innovation Award: CBS

2011 Grundfos Challenge
(First time ever won by team of business economics students!)

Andrea Wiholm, Katrine Bay Ejlersen, Sofie Bay Ejlersen

First Place: CBS Overall Winner

2011 Global Consulting Challenge, University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business 
 

 

Simon Sylvest, Christian Øhrgaard, Theis Malmborg, Caspar Høgh, and Joel Madsen

Best Industry Recommendation Award: CBS

2011 Global Consulting Challenge,University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business

Simon Sylvest, Christian Øhrgaard, Theis Malmborg, Caspar Høgh, and Joel Madsen

First Place: CBS Business Economics

2010 Grundfos Challenge  

Danielle Bernth, Anne Ernst, and Karina Kaae Hermansen

First Place: CBS

2010 CIBER MBA International Business Case Competition:University of Wisconsin at Madison

Mia Møgelgaard, Simon Sylvest, Caspar Høgh, and Theis Malmborg

Best Presenter Award (in his division):
CBS' Theis Malmborg

2010 CIBER MBA International Business Case Competition:University of Wisconsin at Madison

Theis Malmborg

Finalist: CBS

2010 Global Business Challenge:
University of Washington, Seattle

Tobias Faber, Sarah Landsted, Maja Raaberg, and Dan Nielsen

First Place: CBS

2010 CA World International Case Competition on The Strategic Value of IT Management
CA World 10, Las Vegas NV

Theis Malmborg, Stephan Brostrøm, Christian Øhrgaard

First Place: CBS

2009 Regionals - CA World International IT Business Strategy Case Competition
Region 6: Kristiansand, Norway

Theis Malmborg, Christian Øhrgaard, and Stephan Brostrøm

Finalist: CBS

2009 Copenhagen Business School Case Competition

Nicki Brøchner, Caspar Høgh, Rasmus Steiness, and Simon Sylvest

2nd Place: CBS

2009 International MBA Case Competition:
George Washington University 
Washington, D.C.

Maxwell Veyhe , Morten Jensen, Stefan K Madsen, and Michael Nass Nielsen

First Place: CBS

2009 Apex Business IT Case Competition: Singapore Management University,
Singapore

Christian Øhrgaard, Theis Malmborg and Stephan Brostrøm

Best Team - Coaches' Award: 
CBS

2009 Apex Business IT Case Competition: Singapore Management University,
Singapore

Christian Øhrgaard, Theis Malmborg and Stephan Brostrøm

Best Presenter Award:
CBS' Theis Malmborg

2009 Apex Business IT Case Competition: Singapore Management University,
Singapore

Theis Malmborg

Finalist: CBS

2008 Inaugural Champions Trophy Case Competition:
University of Auckland, New Zealand

Christian Aaen, Cecilie Ena Lise Pedersen, Frederik Roikjer, and Kadri Kinkar

3rd Place: CBS

2008 HSE Corporate Credit International Case Competition: 
HSE, Helsinki, Finland

Søren Friis Nielsen, Mikkel Krogsgaard, Henrik Tordrup Nielsen and Thomas Ryaa Rasmussen

3rd Place: CBS

2007 CaseIT MIS Case Competition:
Simon Fraser University
Vancouver

Mads Rebsdorf, Helena Gufstavsson, Anders Nissen

First Place: CBS

2007 Global Business Challenge: 
University of Washington
Seattle

Thomas Bo Jørgensen, Jonas Holgaard Levring, Mikkel Munch M. Krogsgaard, and Stefan K. Madsen

Finalist: Global Team (CBS member of)

2007 Global Business Challenge
University of Washington
Seattle

CBS Member: Harald Tolleshaug

First Place: CBS (Business Economics Group)

2006 Grundfos Challenge

Philip Gaël Dall, Lars Dyrhagen, Anne Kyed

Finalist: CBS

2006 Marshall International Case Competition;
University of Southern California

Rune Mosbech, Simon Schock, Jes Jessen, Søren Friis Nielsen

First Place: CBS

2006 WELLContest (CSR):
Copenhagen Business School

Erik Vindahl Andersen, Chris Kim Yong Ng, and Ellora Faruq

Second Runner-up: CBS

2005 Marshall International Case Competition;
University of Southern California

Bjørn Ruwald, Peter Faaborg-Andersen, Stefan Jung, Fleur Heineke

2nd Place: CBS

2005 McGill Management International Case Competition:
McGill University, Montréal

Frederik Ditlev, Morten Højland Bøjsen, Rasmus Vendler Toft, Christoffer Rasmussen

First Place: CBS

2005 CIBER MBA International Business Case Competition:
University of Wisconsin at Madison

Susanna Beranova, Kanit Dahl, Thomas Jannsen, and Søren Korsbæk

First Place: CBS

2004 CBS Case Competition:
Copenhagen Business School

Lars Elmvang, Lea Kreiner, Katrine Kunst, Patrik Setterberg

Emory Communication Award: CBS

2004 PIM International Case Competition

Rasmus Hannemann Møller, Mandeep Kaur, Pål Holde Dahl, Mads Langhorn

Second runner-up: CBS

2003 Marshall International Case Competition;
University of Southern California

Steffan Nevermann, Ulrik Binzer, Michael Winther Sørensen, Pål Holde Dahl

First Runner up: CBS

2002 McGill Management International Case Competition:
McGill University, Montréal

Danny Juul Christophersen, Christian Pedersen, Anne Reker, Mikkel Bønnelycke

Second Runner-up: CBS

2001 Marshall International Case Competition;
University of Southern California

Anders Schelde, Søren M. Christensen, Lene Christensen, and Søren H. Nielsen

Finalist: CBS

2001 Global Business Challenge: 
University of Washington
Seattle

Laura Kirkegaard, Birger Dudek, Rasmus Jarlov, and Mauricio Bolana

First Place: CBS

1999 Marshall International Case Competition;
University of Southern California

Kristian Ebbensgaard, David Gruhn, Sigurgeir Gudlaugsson, and Max Heimann

 

 

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