International Collegiate Business Skills Championship

The first multi-dimensional Business Skills Competition that analyses a student teams ability to operate as a multi-functional manager utilizing the skills and abilities they have developed while enrolled in a Collegiate Business Program. Comprised of two divisions, open and undergraduate, teams

Composed of Five Challenges the International Business Skills Championship brings together students from Business School Programs from around the world and tests their management skills in a Case Competition, Extemporaneous Speech Competition, Business Knowledge Bowl Competition, Business Simulation Competition, and an Executive Leadership Competition.

Colleges are encouraged to enter into all of the events within the Championship or they may select to compete in individual competitions. Each competition will have winners, with an overall champion being declared the SAM International Business Skills Champion.

Case Competition

The case competition is much like doing a capstone presentation in a Business Policy Course. Students analyze the case to determine the strategic vision and present a recommendation on the actions the company should take to improve, sustain, turn around, or correct its performance.

The analysis is presented to a panel of judges including members of leadership from the case subject, industry officials, and business leaders. Teams are assessed on the realistic recognition of the problem(s), assessment of alternatives, recommendations for action, and their ability to respond to questions from the Judges during a question and answer period.

Extemporaneous Speech Competition

This event allows students to showcase their analytical and presentation skills under time pressure. Participants answer a question based on current business challenges in our dynamic global environment. Competitors select three questions and then have a choice on which they wish to answer. Competitors will receive 30 minutes to research their answer and then deliver a presentation less than 10 minutes long. Presentations are presented to a panel of judges who will evaluate the quality of the response and presentation skills.

Business Knowledge Bowl Competition

An academic competition in which teams are pitted against one another in head-to- head competition featuring questions related to business, current events, and pop culture. Teams require a minimum of three and a maximum of five members with three players active at any given time.

This competition uses a bracket system where teams draw for initial position in the brackets and then compete in a single elimination style tournament. Each match has two rounds, and each round contains 10 toss-up and bonus questions.

Business Simulation Competition

A challenge designed to show a teams ability to show critical business skills in practice. Teams of competitors will develop strategy and key performance objectives, showcase business acumen and financial decision-making, and understanding consumer business needs.

This competition uses a computer simulation of a selected business model where teams are allowed to make a series of decisions throughout the length of the competition. A cumulative score is awarded based on the decisions made and teams are ranked on their management effectiveness.

Executive Leadership Competition

This competition takes a team of students and provides them with a leadership challenge facing an organization. Issues are considered organizational crisis situations that require teams to test their strategies and leadership skills.

Teams are presented with a challenge and then must interact with a series of executives who will evaluate and rate the leadership decisions.

For more information on the International Business Skills Championship or to reach one of our individual competition directors with a question, please contact studentcompetitions@samnational.org