What if I have never participated in a case competition before?
No previous experience in case competition is required. A workshop on How to Make the Best Presentation will be offered on a date to be determined, presented by a corporate sponsor. At least one member from each team should plan to attend.
Who should be on my team?
Each team should consist of five students and the students must be the same class code category. Since the cases usually contain a variety of issues related to ethics, accounting, finance, management, technology, or general business, teams should include students from different majors.
How will the team presentation be judged?
The following criteria will be used to evaluate team presentations:
- The extent to which relevant facts have been identified.
- The extent to which conclusions are based on theory and are reasonable and logical.
- Appropriateness of the solution based upon the facts given.
- Participation of ALL members in the presentation.
- Quality of answers and responsiveness to questions asked by the judges.
What is a presentation?
Class codes 1-2, 3-4, and 5-6 teams have 10 minutes to present their findings/suggested solution to a business dilemma. Class code 7-8 and graduate teams will have 30 minutes. Teams may use PowerPoint or other technology to enhance their presentation. There will be a five minute question and answer period with judges after the presentation. The team will leave the room while judges discuss the team’s presentation; then the team will be called back for feedback.
How do I register my team?
You can register your team by having one member of the team send an email to GA_bentleybusinessbowl@bentley.edu with the students' names, ID numbers, e-mail addresses and class code as of January 1, 2013. Deadline to register is February 8. If you do not have a complete team (five members), you can register yourself and you may be placed on an incomplete team, depending upon availability. There is no guarantee that you will be placed on a team. By submitting your registration, you are agreeing to the BBB Guidelines (below).
Can visitors attend the BBB event?
Judges may bring a guest. Please register the guest with the BBB Committee prior to the event by emailing Jeanne DiBona at firstname.lastname@example.org. Students cannot bring guests.
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The Bentley Business Bowl is an all-day, campus wide event open to all Bentley students. Teams of the same class level receive their case(s) the morning of the event; prepare their response; and present their findings in the afternoon to judges consisting of corporate sponsors, business professionals, alumni and Bentley faculty and staff.
Day of the event:
1. Teams register at assigned time and receive their case(s). ALL TEAM MEMBERS MUST BE PRESENT
2. Nametags must be worn at all times to identify level and team.
3. Any available rooms on campus can be used to prepare case(s)
4. Case(s) are presented at scheduled times and locations (information provided w/case)
5. After final presentation is completed an evaluation of the program is requested
6. Gift and raffle ticket for participating will be distributed upon completion of evaluation form.
7. Networking/Awards Program and raffles prizes presented
Dress Code: Business
No cell phone during the presentations.
Teams consist of max 5/min 4 members of the same class code as of January 1, 2013. Class code: 1-2; 3-4; 5-6; 7-8; graduate.
Mixed level teams will not be allowed to compete. Teams with less than 4 members may be assigned another member at the discretion of the BBB Committee.
Space is limited to twelve (12) teams per level. Overflow teams may be wait-listed.
Teams are allowed to use any facility or resources on campus.
Consulting with someone other than your teammates is not allowed and will result in disqualification.
Class codes 1-2, 3-4, and 5-6 will receive two cases. Be sure to verify the time and location of each presentation. Avoid being late or present the wrong case at the wrong time.
Class code 7-8 and graduate students receive one case.
Judges will have only the case assigned to that particular room.
Room monitors will be checking to be sure the right team is presenting the right case assigned to each room and will strictly maintain the presentation schedule. If you are late the time will be deducted from your presentation.
Teams who withdraw must provide at least 48 hour written notice or all team members will be considered “no shows” and will not be allowed to participate for one year.
Presentation Time Schedule
Class code 1-2, 3-4, and 5-6 schedule for each case:
10 minutes to present
5 minutes for questions from Judges
5 minutes for judge deliberation (team leave room)
5 minutes for feedback from Judges
Class code 7-8/Graduates Schedule:
30 minutes to present
10 minutes for questions from Judges
5 minutes for judge deliberation (team leave room)
10 minutes feedback from Judges
Judges will provide feedback and it should be received as suggestions that might have improved the presentation and final scores. DO NOT ARGUE WITH THE JUDGES.
Criteria for judging
1. How well did the team identify the facts and issues in the case?
2. Were the team’s recommendations appropriate to the case?
3. Overall quality of the presentation:
a. Professional, persuasive, effective delivery style?
b. All team members actively participated in the presentation?
4. Were the responses to the judges’ questions appropriate and thoughtful?
The Bentley Business Bowl is co-sponsored by the Bentley Student Chapter of the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) along with the President's Office, University Career Services, the Departments of Accountancy and Management, and the McCallum Graduate School.