2019 Business Language Case Competition
Each team must consist of three (3) non-native speaking undergraduate students that are currently enrolled in the sponsoring university seeking their first undergraduate degree.
The case will be kept confidential until two weeks prior to the competition. The case will be distributed to teams around October 23rd.
To prepare for the competition, teams may want to practice analyzing business cases like Harvard Business School Cases. During the preparation weeks teams may not consult with non-team members including faculty, advisors, staff, and fellow students.
Team members may use references sources in the public domain, such as books, the university business library, the internet, etc.
- Being educated about current world issues is always an advantage.
- Each team will be assigned a fictitious team name during registration. This team alias is the only one that should be used during the competition.
- Content and delivery of the case presentation will count for 2/3 of the score. Language usage and grammar will count for the remaining 1/3.
- Each team will give their presentation twice to two different panels of judges.
- First and final round presentations will all be 15 minutes, followed by a 10 minute question-and-answer session with a panel of judges.
- Be prepared for questions from the judges who have expereince as expert firm executives, board members, and academics.
- Teams are not allowed to change any presentation slides. However, adaptations in delivery are acceptable.
- Do not include any graphics or words in the presentation that would identify your school or state. Also be sure that no clothing is worn with these kinds of images in an effort to keep all teams anonymous for the judges.
- Teams are allowed to introduce themselves to the judges and shake hands with them during the 5 minutes setup period.
Teams are required to produce a printed Executive Summary (1-2 pages) in their chosen language to be given to the judges at the beginning of each round.
Teams are required to use a PowerPoint or similar program to aid in their case presentation.
Be prepared for the unexpected and have a back-up plan. For example, if technology fails, you may want to have hard copies of your presentation ready to hand out.
If teams are unable to set up their presentation within the five minute period allocated, they must use their prepared slide handout copies in place of the PowerPoint presentation.
Each team needs to bring at least 6 copies of the Executive Summary and paper copies of the PowerPoint slides to the presentation: two copies will be handed by the team to the judges each round during the 5 minute set up period.
Teams are required to bring TWO USB drives as backup.
No props will be allowed (posters, charts, etc.)
No audio will be allowed in the presentation.
In addition to the three team members, each team may be accompanied by a coach. However, teams may not consult with the coach during preparation of the case analysis or on the day of the competition. Any changes the students make to the presentation after the first round may not be influenced by the coach. Changes should be based on judges' feedback and team collaboration.
It is strongly suggested that the coach work with the team on 2-3 practice cases before the competition case arrives.
Faculty advisors will be permitted to observe both first and final round presentations in their team's presentation room, but must remain until all teams have presented.
Coaches are advised to avoid making any gestures or comments during any round that may lead judges to know with which team they are associated.
PRIZE REQUIREMENT INFORMATION
- Winning teams must complete a W-9 with a signature, correct legible address, and SS Number or a W-8BEN with TIN if an international student.
If you are an international student who does not yet have a Tax Identification Number, you may apply for one by completing a W-7 form ahead of time.
No gift card will be awarded without the complete and appropriately-executed tax form.
Only team advisors, BYU employees, official videographer, and special guests may observe the first rounds. Team members will not be allowed to view the presentations of competing teams. Finalists are not allowed to observe other teams before they present or they will be disqualified. Photography and video recording by unauthorized persons is prohibited in this competition.
Formal business attire is appropriate for this competition. No uniforms should be worn in the competition
The presentation rooms will be technologically equipped to facilitate PowerPoint presentations, but it is the responsibility of each team to bring all necessary supplies and equipment.
Copying and Printing (More Information)
It is recommended that all necessary copying and printing be done before arrival at Brigham Young University. However, printing is available on campus for $0.07 per page.