Integrated Leadership Case Competition Goes Global

After the first annual Integrated Leadership Case Competition held at Yale SOM last year, Kalil Diaz ‘14 and his classmates on the competition committee began thinking of ways to further develop the student-run competition, which was inspired by Yale SOM’s integrated MBA curriculum.

The students wanted the competition to expand beyond the five schools, including Yale, that took part in the inaugural session. They also thought it could serve as a demonstration of Yale’s distinctive global approach. By involving the Global Network for Advanced Management, the consortium of business schools that Yale helped create, the competition could be an opportunity for Yale to showcase its specialties while engaging a broader, more diverse audience.

“We’ve had a few competitions before, but we had never had an opportunity to highlight our perspective, our raw case method,” Diaz said. “Now, Yale SOM is more global and we wanted to showcase that and make it more of a global competition.” 

In its second year, the competition, which takes place at Edward P. Evans Hall on April 5 and 6, has expanded from 5 business schools to 12, including student teams from 6 schools in the Global Network for Advanced Management: EGADE Business School from Mexico, the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business, the Graduate School of Strategy at Hitotsubashi University, UCD Smurfit Graduate School of Business, the School of Business at Renmin University of China, and the National University of Singapore Business School. The competition also includes teams from the University of Southern California, University of North Carolina, MIT, Carnegie Mellon University, and Concordia University.

Participants in the 2014 Integrated Leadership Case Competition

Each team will be presented with a “raw” case focusing on a business dilemma, inspired by the open-ended, online cases that are featured in the integrated curriculum. The teams will have seven hours to prepare before presenting their solutions to a panel of judges including Yale faculty, alumni, sponsors, and business leaders. The top three teams will be invited to the final round, during which students will be given additional information about a hypothetical “breaking news event” related to the case, which they will need to incorporate into their final presentations. Students are encouraged to assemble teams with expertise in multiple disciplines, attack problems from a variety of angles, and design creative solutions.

The international representation at the competition gives students an opportunity to broaden their perspectives on how different countries may approach business issues and find solutions, while also providing an opportunity to network, Diaz says. “The world we are living in today is more global than ever,” he says. “Business is no longer U.S.-only. You have to interact with different players. Competitors come from around the world and just having different teams with different ideas and approaches helps us to realize that we live in a more competitive world.”

View photos of the 2014 Integrated Leadership Case Competition.