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John Molson MBA, International Case Competition
John Molson MBA, International Case Competition

The John Molson MBA International Case Competition is a not-for-profit event hosted by the John Molson School of Business at Concordia. The competition is open to top business schools worldwide, and is recognized as the world’s largest competition of its kind. Its main purpose is to bridge the gap between corporate and academic worlds, which ultimately enriches both students and executives alike. The 2013 competition, being held from January 6th to 11th at the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel will be the 32nd annual edition.

Your donation can play an important part in making this happen. Your gift will enable our students to participate in this auspicious event as well as support funding for the BGU MBA Honors program.

When Ben-Gurion University (BGU) competed in 2011, they became the first and only university from Israel or the Middle East to be in this event and remain so to this day. With only two months preparation, BGU finished in the top ten. Those who attended were dazzled by their stunning performances.

Given the recent boycotts that Israel faces throughout campuses worldwide, it was a very proud moment when our community was able to see an Israeli university participate, right here in Montreal, in this high profile competition and stand alongside 35 other universities from around the world.

The competition format is a round-robin tournament consisting of five business cases. The cases are selected from among the top entries from the annual Case Writing Competition. One of these cases is a live case presentation by a major company about a real-life business challenge they are currently facing.

An Educational Experience Unlike Any Other

With three hours to prepare, teams of four students analyze and evaluate unpublished business cases using the skills, knowledge and experience they have acquired from their respective MBA curricula. Students rely on their own abilities as they are without the aid of tools such as PowerPoint and the internet. The final product is a hand written presentation that demonstrates the students' ability to dig into the problem and develop a feasible solution. Once preparation is complete, they present their strategic solutions and a detailed plan of action to a panel of senior business executives.

More than two hundred senior business executives serve as judges, using their unique backgrounds, experience and perspectives to critically assess the participants' presentations. Teams are judged on creativity, insight, substance and plausibility of implementation.

Live Case

The "live case" exemplifies the interaction of the academic and corporate worlds that takes place during the intense week of competition. Company representatives present a current real-life business case to the thirty six teams simultaneously. All thirty six teams rely on the presentation, a brief question period, and supporting materials provided by the company that serve as background for their evaluation. Once the three hours of preparation is complete, teams present their arguments, solutions, and plans for the company to a panel of judges.

Back Again

An MBA team from Ben-Gurion University will return for the third consecutive year and try to out do their previous top ten finishes. The Canadian Associates of Ben-Gurion University, Montreal Region, have undertaken the task of covering the team’s expenses. The students come from BGU’s Honors MBA Program. It is implemented in cooperation with senior faculty members at Columbia University Business School, New York.

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