TCU's Graduate Supply Chain Case Competition
Official Rules and Procedures


  1. Participants must be enrolled in a United States or North American business school.
  2. Participants must be full-time MBA/MS students only.
  3. Participants must be majoring in Supply Chain
  4. Each invited supply chain program is limited to 4 MBA or MS-SCM student participants.


  1. Each Team will be randomly selected for a particular flight during the opening reception.
  2. To maintain anonymity for the judges during Saturday’s competition day, teams cannot identify their university, their state or wear school colors. The exception to this rule is the Thursday opening reception where the teams are free to identify their university. During Saturday’s competition, teams are referred to by team name. They can reflect the team name; but, disclosing the identity of the University may lead to disqualification.
  3. Paper copies of the case will be given to each participant 24 hours prior to the final presentation being submitted.
  4. Once the case is released, students may not consult with any non-team members during the team preparation, or on competition day until the competition concludes with the announcement of the top four teams at the awards dinner. This includes academic advisors, faculty, staff, student ambassadors, other students, etc. Contact such as phone conversations, emails, texting, Skype conversations, etc., with non-team members is not allowed.
  5. Teams are permitted to utilize any written resource, scholarly publication, internet, industry journals, academic textbooks, etc.  Any sources utilized need to be clearly cited.
  6. Teams are expressly prohibited from discussing or accepting assistance from any person outside their team. No physical or electronic contact is allowed. No email, text messaging, Skype or cell phone conversations, etc., are allowed with any individuals outside the team.
  7. Handouts to judges: Handouts will be provided to each judge at the team's discretion. (Team will work with their respective Ambassador). Sufficient copies will be provided to each team for the judges. 
  8. Presentations should be in PowerPoint format (16:9 will fit better). A flash drive will be provided and collected. No previously completed PowerPoints can be used.
  9. Each team will have 25 minutes to present recommendations to the panel of judges. The judges will then have up to 10 minutes to ask questions. Alternatively, the team may elect to do a 20 minute presentation followed by 15 minute Q&A as long as the judges are notified prior to starting the presentation.
  10. The winner from each flight will advance to the championship round. An additional team will be selected by the judges to advance to the championship round.
  11. Each member of the team must present during the formal presentation.
  12. A time keeper will be assigned to each presentation and will ensure the 35 minutes is adhered to.
  13. Attire for the competition is business formal.
  14. All are welcome, including all academic advisors and the public, to attend the afternoon round with the exception of the team members of the top five teams. The room may be cleared of all spectators in between presentations to allow for judges' deliberations.
Academic Advisors
  1. Once the case has been distributed, teams are not allowed any type of coaching or consulting of non-team member persons until the competition concludes with the announcement of the winning teams at Saturday’s awards dinner. 
  2. The academic advisors are expressly asked to not provide any feedback or coaching of any kind until the competition concludes with the announcement of the winning teams at Saturday's awards dinner.  
  3. Academic advisors are permitted to attend and record the morning presentation of the school's team. Academic advisors cannot make any comments during the presentation. Any comments by the academic advisor during the presentation may result in disqualification of the team.
  4. All are welcome, including all academic advisors, to attend the afternoon round with the exception of the team members of the top teams. The room is cleared of all spectators between presentations to allow for judges’ deliberations.
  5. Academic advisors are invited to attend the afternoon round of all teams.

Evaluation Criteria

  1. Judges are provided a rubric for evaluating the presentations. However, judges are professionals in the field and may use the evaluation criteria as they see fit. Decisions by the judges will be final.