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Official Rules and Regulations - Purdue HR Case Competition

Preparation for The Competition

  • All teams participating in the preliminary round must submit the completed application form by October 13th, 2013 at 11:59 PM EST. The application form will be accepted only via Krannert HR Executive Conference & Case Competition webpage. Seven external teams will be short-listed and informed of the decision on October 16th, 2013.

  • All teams will be issued an identical business case on November 2nd EST. Their executive summary and presentation slides will be due by November 6th, 2013, at 11:59 PM EST via e-mail. The e-mail address for submission will be notified at the distribution of the case. Teams who fail to submit their executive summary and presentation by this due date will be removed from the competition.

  • The executive summary must be no more than 3 pages including exhibits. There is no limit on number of presentation slides, but the presentation should not exceed 20 minutes. There will be penalties for exceeding this time limit. To ensure neutrality, the name of the school each team represents will not be revealed before the final decision is made.  Each team will be referenced by a predetermined randomly assigned team number. Thus, the cover page of deliverables will contain only the name of the case and the name of team members.

  • Teams will later be provided an additional hour on campus for preparation time. During this preparation time, teams are allowed to modify their executive summary and presentation as needed. The final deliverables will be submitted through a flash drive prepared by case competition committee. No supplemental materials will be provided during this time. Using materials except for the case given by the committee will be considered cheating and will result in a withdrawal from the competition.

  • All teams must work independently.  Students may not confer with others outside the team to prepare the executive summary. Absolutely no assistance from advisor(s), faculty, volunteers, or others is allowed.

The Competition 

  • Each team will receive a check-in time and will have one hour for preparation. If a team is late, they will not be kept out of the competition, but they will lose preparation time proportional to how late they arrived. The end time of the preparation timeframe will not change.

  • Participants may be required to sign a non-disclosure agreement at check-in to ensure any information provided by our sponsors is kept confidential.

  • Each team will be assigned a preparation room and a student ambassador /room monitor. The teams will spend up to one hour preparing their presentation and responding to the questions in the case. During this time, teams are allowed to modify their deliverables if needed and you will be allowed access to a personal laptop computer. Appropriate audio visual support will also be provided in the preparation rooms.

  • Dress Code for the event is business professional attire.


Presenting & Scoring

  • Each team member must actively participate in the team’s presentation.

  • Presentations will be judged based on the team’s ability to analyze the information presented in the case, and clearly and effectively communicate a recommended course of action.

  • Each team will have 20 minutes to present their case analysis and recommendations. There will be a 10-minute question & answer period during which time the judges will address questions to the presenting team. No questions will be allowed from the audience. Teams should keep their presentations strictly within the 20-minutes guideline, as there will be penalties for going over the allotted time and teams may be asked to stop presenting.

  • The presentations will be conducted in an open forum where outside audience members may attend.  The audience will not participate in the competition or ask any questions to the teams.

  • To ensure neutrality, teams are not allowed to watch the other teams present as audience members, except for the presentation by the Purdue exhibition team.

  • After all presentations have concluded, there will be an intermission for the judges to determine the performance of each team.  The winners will be announced at the conclusion of HR Executive Conference Welcome Reception at Ross Ade Stadium, Purdue University on the evening of Thursday, November 7th.

  • General feedback will be provided by the case competition judges and feedback forms will be relayed through your team ambassador/room monitor following the welcome reception.

  • 1st and 2nd place (runner-up) Team Awards will be distributed at the award banquet preceding the competition on Thursday, November 7th at the Conference Welcome Reception. The award will be $5,000.00 for 1st place and $2,000.00 for 2nd place/Runner-up.