Important CIHRCom Dates


Initial email invitations to the participants were sent in Spring of 2015. Official invitation letters are being sent out the last week of August 2015 via email and by mail. To participate in the case competition, please learn more about registration at the Registration page. Registration will open on Monday, August 24, 2015. There will be a $100 nonrefundable registration fee to enter the competition.

Preliminary Round

The written round will run mid-September, and all teams will hear about their results within four weeks.

On Friday morning CST time, September 18, all registered teams will be contacted with regards to writing their reports. Teams may select a 24 hour window between September 19 and September 26 to work on the case. Once teams have selected their preferred times to work on the case, they will receive the case at their specified time and will have 24 hours to create a written report and submit it to

This will provide some flexibility for all schools to register while preserving the consistency across all teams (each team will only have access to the case for their chosen 24 hour time frame). 

Please note, these dates are subject to change.

Final Round

The top 6 teams will advance to the final round of the CIHRCom competition that will happen on November 12-14, 2015 at the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The format of the final round is described in great detail under our Rules section. The host school will have their own team at the competition.

Final Round Agenda

The Final Round of the HR Case Competition at the Carlson School of Management will be held Wednesday through Sunday, November 11-15, 2015.

Wednesday, November 11

  • Team arrivals. International participants are especially encouraged to arrive on Wednesday to allow for settling in and adjusting to time difference.

Thursday, November 12

  • 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. — Team arrivals
  • 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. — Official Case Competition check-in at Carlson School of Management
  • 5:00 p.m. — CIHRCom opening dinner. Welcome to participants, dinner, and case introduction. Teams may begin research for the case after dinner.

Friday, November 13

  • 7:30 a.m. — Breakfast available in Base Camp
  • 8:00 a.m. — Official written case given to all teams
  • 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. — Teams work on the case
  • 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. — Scheduled times for teams to ask clarifying questions about the case. Light refreshments provided during this time.
  • 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. — Teams continue to work on the case
  • 1:00 p.m. — Lunch provided for teams by the Carlson School
  • 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. — Designated time for coaching
  • 6:00 p.m. — Dinner provided for teams by the Carlson School
  • 9:00 p.m. — Light refreshments provided
  • 10:00 p.m. — All teams will be required to leave the breakout rooms in the Carlson School. Teams are welcome to continue working in the common spaces of the Carlson building or at their hotel, as long as they comply with all the Rules of the Competition.
  • 11:59 p.m. — Deadline for teams to submit the case Powerpoint deck. Teams are welcome to continue working on the persentation past this point, but the deck that is submitted by that deadline is the one that will be used for presenting.

Saturday, November 14

  • 7:30 a.m. — Breakfast available in Base Camp
  • 8:00 a.m. — Teams draw for presentation times
  • 8:30 to 11:30 am — Team presentations
  • 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. — Lunch break
  • 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. — Team presentations
  • 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. — Judges Deliberate
  • 5:30 p.m. — Winners ceremony, closing dinner, and networking event

Sunday, November 15

  • Teams depart. All teams must check out of their hotel rooms by 12.00 pm (NOON).