2018 MBA Case Competition

Our third annual MBA Case Competition held in partnership with FedEx Freight challenged teams from top MBA programs to examine the benefits a business brings to a community, and recommend a city for a fictitious manufacturing company to open a second headquarters. The 2018 finalists - Georgetown University, The University of Chicago, and The University of Iowa - were selected from 74 teams from 41 business schools across the United States. 

On November 30, these three teams from MBA programs at the McDonough School of Business, Booth School of Business, and Tippie College of Business presented their case solution live before a panel of judges and went head-to-head as they explored the crucial role businesses play in communities. Suzanne Clark, Senior Executive Vice President, U.S. Chamber of Commerce; Paul Argenti, Professor of Corporate Communication, Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth; and Lance Moll, Senior Vice President of Operations, FedEx Freight were the judges for this year’s competition. Following a live competition before a panel of judges, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation announced the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University as the winner of the 2018 MBA Case Competition. 

Watch the webcast of the 2018 MBA Case Competition.


2018 MBA Case Competition Rules

Student Teams

  • Teams may comprise 3 to 5 students and may include any combination of part-time, full-time, or executive MBA students. Each participating school may have as many teams as they would like enter the competition.
  • Each team member must be a current student at the educational institution they are representing.

Round One

  • Each team will submit a case solution in document form. Parameters for the solution submission will be shared with the case is released on October 5.
  • The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation will conduct the first round of judging by reviewing the submissions from each team. Three teams will be selected to advance to the final round of competition.
  • During round one, submissions will be stripped of school names and made entirely anonymous to ensure fairness.

Final Round

  • Three teams will be selected to present their cases to a panel of A-list judges and an audience of business leaders, innovators, and thought leaders.
  • The judges’ panel for the final round of competition will include C-suite executives, U.S. Chamber of Commerce leadership, and academics.
  • The final round will be held at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s historic headquarters building, situated directly across from the White House.
  • The competition will be followed by a networking reception.

What’s on the line:

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

2017 MBA Case Competition

The Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School was the 2017 MBA Case Competition winner! 

Congratulations to the other finalists:

The George Washington University School of Business (Second place)
Stanford University Graduate School of Business (Runner-up)
University of California Berkeley Haas School of Business (Runner-up)

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation's 2017 MBA Case Competition challenged business students to examine the public perception of business and recommend ways to reinforce the message that business plays a crucial role in our society. See the footage from the 2017 MBA Case Final Competition.