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Russell Investments International Case Competition (RIICC)

The Russell Investments International Case Competition is an annual event in which teams of undergraduate business students apply their knowledge and skills to a real-life international business problem. Panels of judges evaluate team analyses and recommendations based on the teams’ diagnosis of the problem, application of theory and classroom concepts, ability to communicate ideas, teamwork, and creativity.

Competition Highlights:

  • Grand prize: $1,000
  • Pre-competition workshop
  • 48 hours to develop analysis
  • Coaching Session with Foster School faculty and industry professionals
  • Preliminary and final rounds
  • Awards reception
  • Freshman Direct Track with $500 Prize
  • Northwest Regional Track with $500 prize

Register here, starting October 2

Northwest Regional Track Registration Deadline: October 15th, 11:59 PM
General Registration Deadline: October 29th, 11:59 PM

2017 Schedule of Events




Team Rules and Eligibility

  1. Teams should consist of 4 undergraduate business students from the Seattle, Tacoma, or Bothell University of Washington campuses.
  2. Teams can have at most 2 non-business undergraduate students from the Seattle, Tacoma, or Bothell University of Washington campuses.
  3. All student participants must be currently enrolled as UW undergraduate students for Fall Quarter.
  4. To compete in the Freshman Direct Track, at least one team member must be a Foster School Freshman Direct student. All team members must be currently enrolled freshmen at the University of Washington.
  5. To compete in the NW Regional Track, all 4 team members must be students enrolled at a Washington State community college. Teams must be must be nominated by a Community College faculty member.
  6. Teams may substitute members until Wednesday when the case is distributed. After this date, teams can no longer substitute team members, but may still present with only two or three team members. Teams that withdraw after this date may have their names sent to Associate Dean Sefcik to review eligibility in future competitions.
  7. Space is limited. The first 25 teams to register in the regular track, and the first 10 teams to register in the Freshman Direct track will have a confirmed spot in the competition.
    If your team does not receive a confirmed spot, your team will be added to a waitlist. Teams on the waitlist will be selected to participate in the case a team withdraws from the competition.
  8. All participants are required to attend the Final Rounds as either a competing finalist or audience member.
  9. Winning teams will be announced at the Awards Ceremony. Team members must be present to win.

Competition Details

  • The competition starts at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, November 1, when teams receive the business case.
  • Teams have 48 hours to analyze the problem, develop a solution, and create a PowerPoint presentation.
  • Teams will email their PowerPoint presentations at the end of the 48 hour period on Friday, November 3, at 7 p.m. Changes to the presentation cannot be made once the presentation has been submitted.
  • All teams will present in front of a panel of corporate judges on Saturday.
  • The presentations are 10 minutes, followed by a 10 minute question and answer session, and a 5 minute feedback session from the judges.
  • The top four teams from the morning round will move on to the Final Round in the afternoon.
  • The winning team from the Final Round will win $1000. The 2nd place team from the Final Round will win $500.

Freshman Direct Track

Teams in this track will consist of four freshmen students who will compete in the preliminary round against one another. Each team must have at least one Foster School Freshman Direct student on it. All team members must be currently enrolled freshmen at UW. There will be no final round for this track. All participants in this track are required to watch the final round presentations. At the awards reception, the top scoring team from this Freshman Direct Track will also be awarded its own Freshman Direct Track Grand Prize of $500. Team must be present at the awards ceremony to win.

NW Regional Track

Teams in this track will consist of four students currently enrolled in a Washington State community college, and they will compete in the preliminary round against one another. Each team must be nominated by a Community College faculty member. There will be no final round for this track. At the lunch event, the top scoring team from this NW Regional Track will be awarded its own NW Regional Track Grand Prize of $500. Team must be present at the lunch to win.

For more information contact Theresa Maloney, Program Manager, Global Business Center, UW Foster School of Business, tmaloney@uw.edu or 206-221-2205.

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Archives

2016

Each of the participating teams spent 48 hours analyzing the 2016 case, Emirates Airline: Connecting the Unconnected (Harvard Business School, January 2014). Student teams played the role of outside consultants, and presented their recommendations to a panel of community member judges, who played the role of top management at Emirates Airline. The teams were asked to 1) consider the current strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats for Emirates and 2) present recommendations as to which route expansions Emirates should pursue over the next five years.

Read the student charge (pdf). The champion and finalists’ presentations are compiled below.

Champions: Team 4 Kim Perdue, Dennis Wong, Andrew Stearns, Aarthi Ganapathi PowerPoint Final Round Presentation
Finalists: Team 1 Rose Jao, Sheldon Spring, Ishani Ummat, Chris Cave PowerPoint Final Round Presentation
Finalists: Team 2 Sabina Hsu, Preston Gulledge, Vincent Lawson, Patrick Ren PowerPoint Final Round Presentation
Finalists: Team 3 Yue Yang (Ted) Chan, Tomoki Yamaguchi, Andrew Kiffe, Bianca Cheung PowerPoint Final Round Presentation

2015

Each of the participating teams spent 48 hours analyzing a business case on the IMAX Corporation. Student teams played the role of a strategic planning group within IMAX Corporation, and presented their recommendations to a panel of community member judges, who played the role of IMAX CEO and upper management of the company. The teams were asked to, 1) determine how IMAX should allocate its future expansion into the BRIC economies (Brazil, Russia, India, and China), 2) create specific recommendations for growth and risk mitigation, and 3) provide recommendations about how IMAX should invest in Research and Development going forward.

Read the student charge (PDF). The champion and finalists’ presentations are compiled below.

Champions: Team 3 Madeline Down, Ben Hagen, Midori Ng, and Steven Xu PowerPoint Final Round Presentation
Finalists: Team 1 Jonathan Bannick, Daniel Park, Emmeline Vu, and Deme Xenos PowerPoint Final Round Presentation
Finalists: Team 2 Jacob Bentzen, Jacob Hoogerwerf, Kalei Munsell, and Jack Post PowerPoint Final Round Presentation
Finalists: Team 4 Sean Mitchell, Edward Whalen, Corinne Parkinson, and Michael Adams PowerPoint Final Round Presentation

2014

Teams played the role of outside consultants hired by the Munich Oktoberfest Organizing Committee to develop a strategy recommendation to increase profitability of Munich Oktoberfest, the world’s largest festival. Teams spent 48 hours developing their background analysis, and presented their recommendations to panels of community member judges.

Read the student charge (PDF). The champion and finalists’ presentations are compiled below.

Champions: Team 2 Zachary Bickel, Erica Cheng, Michelle Hara, and Crystal Wang PowerPoint Final Round Presentation
Finalists: Team 1 Anthony Li, Jeremy Santos, Emmeline Vu, and Steven Xu PowerPoint Final Round Presentation
Finalists: Team 3 Eric Zhu, Corinne Parkinson, Dennis Ahrling, and Dann Van Dijk PowerPoint Final Round Presentation
Finalists: Team 4 Tatiana Boonstra, Andrea Kang, Raymond Russell, and Emily Sorg PowerPoint Final Round Presentation

2013

Headquartered in Copenhagen, Maersk is a global conglomerate with large shipping and oil and gas businesses. As Maersk’s businesses become ever more international, the company wants to increase the geographic diversity of its work force. Competing student teams played the role of Maersk managers who were tasked with the following:

  • Setting geographic diversity goals
  • Recommending recruitment and retention strategies designed to achieve the goals
  • Developing measures of progress towards these goals (key performance indicators)
  • Estimating the costs of the recommended strategies.

Read the student charge (PDF). The champion and finalists’ presentations are compiled below.

Champions: Team 3 Jonathan Bannick, Tara Ghassimekia, Sam Tanner and Demetra Xenos PowerPoint Final Round Presentation
Finalsts: Team 1 Jonathan Matson, Drew Cienfuegos, Jonathon Wilson and Jeremy Santos PowerPoint Final Round Presentation
Finalists: Team 2 Sean Fitzmaurice, Nabil Sutjipto, Athichai Ounkomol, and Dinesvara Airlangga PowerPoint Final Round Presentation
Finalists: Team 4 Natalie Wang, Nick Schuler, and JC VanBrunt PowerPoint Final Round Presentation

2012

Each of the participating teams spent 48 hours analyzing a business case on Phase Separation Solutions (PS2). PS2 was offered two opportunities to bring its proprietary technology to China in collaboration with a government agency and a private company. Students were asked to recommend a course of action regarding PS2’s opportunities in China.

Read the case study on the Ivey Publishing website. Read the student charge (PDF). The champion and finalists’ presentations are compiled below.

Champions: Team 2 Colin Chang, Tomo Kumaki, Ian Tan, and JC Vanbrunt PowerPoint Final Round Presentation
Finalsts: Team 1 Chelsea James, JaeHwan Kim, Lauren Kronebusch, and Mark Reutter PowerPoint Final Round Presentation
Finalists: Team 3 Adam Greenberg, Evan Griffith, Curtis Howell, and Munir Nanjee PowerPoint Final Round Presentation
Finalists: Team 4 Cullen Berry, Micah Blyckert, Ryan Seacrist, and Chris Wagner PowerPoint Final Round Presentation

Special thank you to Russell Investments for their generous support of this program.