2013 Case Competition


Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) is a Minnesota non-profit with world-wide reach. With over seventy food programs in over fifty countries, the organization runs lean with a budget of $45 million and just under 200 employees and each one filling multiple duties.

Issue: FMSC divides its programs into world geographical sections: South America, Africa, Asia, Caribbean, etc. Each section of the world is coordinated by a single employee who works with all the in-country partner programs for that section of the world. These Program Coordinators travel to the distribution locations, connect with the in-country partners, contract with new partners, host donors and board members from the US, make connections with the local governments, assure the food gets to the correct people, see the development of the served villages, build trust with the local people, handle any crisis that arise – and still maintain the business of food distribution, budget containment, mission achievement, etc.

Question/Problem: FMSC needs a Program Coordinator for Africa. How can FMSC construct its hiring model to ensure the best candidate? What sort of hiring template can be constructed to give FMSC as much information as possible about a candidate to be able to make this (and future) vital hiring decision?

Final Round Agenda

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

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

Thursday, November 14, 2013

  • 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 can begin researching on the case after dinner.

Friday, November 15, 2013

  • 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 delivered to teams, provided by the Carlson School
  • 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. — Designated time for coaching
  • 6:00 p.m. — Dinner delivered to teams, provided 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 Power point deck. Teams are welcome to continue working on the presentation past this point, but the deck that is submitted by that deadline is the one that will be used for presenting.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

  • 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 17, 2013

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

Final Round Participants and Winners

1st Place - The Ohio State University

2nd Place - HEC Montreal, Canada

3rd Place - Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota

Final Round Participants:

  • HEC Montreal, Canada
  • Sun Yat-sen University, China (2 teams, Lingnan MBA Program)
  • The Ohio State University
  • Rutgers University
  • Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota



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Academic Partners

  • Center for Human Resources and Labor Studies
  • Carlson School of Management


Photos from the 2013 Case Competition

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