11 February 2016

IFAMA Student Case Competition: Conference on Chain and Network Management

News from the University of Copenhagen (Intranet).

The International Food and Agribusiness Management Association (IFAMA) is accepting applications for participation in the 2016 Student Case Competition. The competition is part of IFAMA’s Annual World Symposium and Forum occurring June 19-23, 2016.

The Student Case Competition provides students an opportunity to showcase their skills for food and agribusiness professionals attending the conference and offers universities an opportunity to showcase their students. The competition consists of teams who simulate a fast turn-around analysis and presentation to a senior management team on an industry topic.

Team Structure

This year, for the first time, IFAMA plans to offer two different competition tracks, one for undergraduate students and one for graduate students. An undergraduate team may have one graduate student on the team. If a team has two or more graduate-level students, it will fall into the graduate competition track. Graduate teams may have up to three undergraduate students on the team.

  1. Participants should be current upper-class undergraduate students and/or graduate students (or within one year of graduation).
  2. Teams consist of 4-5 students.
  3. Teams can be composed of students from one or more schools.
  4. Universities may send multiple teams.
  5. Individual student applications are also accepted and teams can be formed with students from multiple universities (IFAMA can assist in this pairing).

Competition Structure

Each team will have an academic or industry advisor. The advisor will be the key point of contact between IFAMA and the team prior to the competition. IFAMA will assist in finding an advisor for teams formed from individual applications. Although advisors play a major role in helping students prepare for the competition, students must work independently from their advisor during the competition. Students and advisors will be given the scoring rubric to be used by the judges after enrolling in the competition.

Students participating in the competition must arrive at least one day prior to the start of the competition. Ideally, students will arrive in time for the student social at 6:00 p.m. Saturday, June 18 (arrive no later than mid-afternoon).

Preliminary Rounds

All teams will gather before the preliminary competition for a meeting on Sunday, June 19. Exact start times and complete details will be provided in advance of the conference. Teams will receive the case five hours prior to their assigned presentation time. Each team will have four hours (with a 1 hour break) from the time they receive their packet, to analyze the case, formulate a solution and create a PowerPoint presentation, which they will present before a panel of industry and academic judges. It is expected that team members will have comparable speaking roles and significantly contribute to their team’s presentation. The presentation will be public but participating teams may not attend the presentations of other competing teams. Approximately 25 minutes will be allocated for each presentation, five minutes for set up, 15 minutes allotted for the presentation, and five minutes for a question and answer period with the panel of judges. The panel of judges will judge each team based on their written documents, presentation, and responses to the judges’ questions.

Final Rounds

The top two or three teams selected by the judges will be invited to advance to a final round of the competition. Although complete details are not yet available, teams advancing to the Final Round can expect to complete one of the following scenarios: 1) Revise their preliminary round presentation after receiving further guidance from the Student Case Chairs; 2) Prepare a revised presentation after receiving a short addendum to the preliminary case; or 3) Receive an entirely new but shorter case in which they are required to analyze and develop a presentation. The final round will take place during the final session of the first day of the conference, on Monday, June 20, 2016. Twenty minutes will be allotted for the presentation and 10 minutes for question and answers. Teams may not attend any other team’s presentation until after they have presented. Judges will assign scores based on the prepared reports, presentations, and responses to the judges’ questions.

The undergraduate and graduate winners of the Student Case Competition will be awarded cash prizes and be formally recognized during a primary IFAMA event.

Application Information

Teams or students that wish to participate must submit a formal application (Just one application for an entire team, or an individual application if you want to join a team). Every effort will be made to accommodate all applications. However, if more applications are received than can be accommodated, preference will be given to applications with the earliest submission dates and an attempt will be made to balance participation with teams from the various regions and universities represented in IFAMA.

The team advisor or an individual student(s) must submit an application using the online application form, found by clicking on the link below, to the IFAMA Business Office by February 29, 2016.

Upon acceptance, all student team members and their advisors are expected to follow the normal registration process for the IFAMA conference. A fully paid registration is required for all team members no later than April 1, 2016. The student advisor of the team must also send the final list of the team members to the IFAMA Business Office by April 1, 2016.

Relevant Dates

February 29, 2016 Formal Applications are due to the IFAMA Business Office
April 1, 2016 Deadline to register for the conference, & provide final team list to IFAMA
June 18, 2016 Team Check-In
June 19, 2016 Orientation, Student Case Competition Preliminaries
June 20, 2016 Student Case Competition Finals


Questions regarding any aspect of this competition may be directed to the IFAMA Business Office: Dana Ellis at dellis@ifama.org