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Land O’ Lakes, Inc., one of America’s premier agribusiness and good companies, is a member-owned cooperative with industry leading operations that span the spectrum from agricultural production to consumer foods. With 2017 annual sales of $13.7 billion, Land O’ Lakes is one of the nation’s largest cooperatives, ranking 209 on the Fortune 500. Building on a legacy of more than 96 years of operation, Land O’ Lakes today operates some of the most respected brands in agribusiness and food production including LAND O LAKES Dairy Foods, Purina Animal Nutrition and WinField United. The company does business in all 50 states and more than 60 countries.

 

Issue: Land O’ Lakes has had a decentralized approach to early career development programs. As the company looks to build the talent pool and grow as an organization, they hope to streamline the experience and instill cross-company mobility.

 

Question/Problem: How does Land O’ Lakes enhance its early career development programs and develop a cross-functional talent pool across the global organization? What elements, including budget and timeline, should a program include? What should be common and what specific to each function? What are the development needs and desires of the next generations? How does the company measure success?

Final Round Agenda

Final Gold Round Agenda

The Final Gold Round of the HR Case Competition at the Carlson School of Management will be held Wednesday through Sunday, November 8-12, 2017.

Please note, times below are subject to change.

Wednesday, November 8

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

Thursday, November 9

  • 1:00 p.m. — Official Case Competition check-in at Carlson School of Management

  • 1:30 p.m. — Depart for Land O'Lakes Headquarters

  • 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. — Land O'Lakes HQ visit

  • 5:00 p.m. — Return to Carlson School of Management

  • 5:30 p.m. — CIHRCom opening dinner. Welcome to participants, dinner, and rules review.

Friday, November 10

  • 7:30 a.m. — Breakfast available in Base Camp

  • 8:00 a.m. — Official written case given to all teams

  • 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. — Teams work on the case

  • 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. — Scheduled times for teams to ask clarifying questions about the case

  • 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. — Teams work on the case / lunch available in Base Camp at 12:00 p.m.

  • 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. — Designated time for coaching with advisors

  • 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. — Time for teams to ask Land O'Lakes case questions

  • 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. — Teams work on the case

  • 6:00 p.m. — Dinner available in Base Camp and teams draw for presentation times

  • 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 presentation past this point, but the deck that is submitted by this deadline is the one that will be used for presenting.

Saturday, November 11

  • 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. — Breakfast available in Base Camp

  • 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. — Judges Convene and lunch

  • 12:45 to 2:15 p.m. — Team presentations (3 teams)

  • 2:15 to 2:30 p.m. — Break

  • 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. — Team presentations (3 teams)

  • 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. — Judges Deliberate

  • 5:00 p.m. — Reception

  • 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. — Closing Dinner

  • 6:30 p.m. — Awards ceremony, and networking event

Sunday, November 12

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

Final Round Participants and Winners

1st Place: University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management, USA

2nd Place: Yonsei University, South Korea

3rd Place: Sun Yat-Sen University, China


Case Competition Participants

Graduate level students from accredited Master of Arts of Human Resources programs and Business Administration with Human Resources focused programs from universities across the globe are eligible to participate in the competition. Each team of 4 individuals must have at least one first-year student and one second-year student who are currently enrolled in their program.

The teams competing in the Final Gold Round in November 2017 were selected during the First Bronze Round Elimination.

  • NMIMS, India
  • Penn State University, USA
  • Queensland University of Technology, Australia
  • Sun Yat-Sen University, China
  • University of Minnesota Twin Cities, USA
  • Yonsei University, South Korea
Sponsors

2017 Sponsors

Lead Sponsor

Partners

Sponsors

Sponsorship Opportunities for 2017 Carlson International HR Case Competition

Sponsoring the Carlson International Human Resources Case Competition gives you the opportunity to help graduate students learn through real-life scenarios. Through your sponsorship you can access top
graduate students from the Carlson School and other leading global programs, and increase your company’s visibility to HR’s future leaders.

All sponsors receive:

  • Networking opportunities with students and other sponsor organizations
  • Opportunity to recruit MA-HRIR and MBA students from around the world
  • Recognition in marketing materials
  • Participation in the Carlson School community
     

Lead Sponsor - $10,000
Benefits include:

  • Solutions provided by student consulting teams on a global talent management issue facing your organization
  • Lead signage and naming on all promotional materials including web, print and email
  • Two judges at the competition from your organization
  • Up to eight seats (including your two judges) at the final awards banquetDirect access to all the students in the competition as well as coaches/directors
  • Logo on CIHRCom 2016 trophy and CIHRCom ongoing plaque
  • Resume book of all students who attend
  • Opportunity to provide premium items in a give‐away bag provided to all attendees
  • Additional visibility during New Student Orientation and Admitted Student Day


Partner Sponsor
Benefits include:

  • Signage and naming on all promotional materials including web, print, and email
  • One judge from your organization at the competition
  • Four seats (including your one judge) at the final awards banquet
  • Direct access to all the students in the competition as well as coaches/directors
  • Resume book of all students who attend
  • Opportunity to provide premium items in a give‐away bag provided to all attendees
  • Additional visibility during New Student Orientation and Admitted Student Day


Sponsor - $2,500
Benefits include:

  • Signage and naming on all promotional materials including web, print, and email
  • Two seats at the final awards banquet
  • Direct access to all the students in the competition as well as coaches/directors
  • Resume book of all students who attend
  • Opportunity to provide premium items in a give‐away bag provided to all attendees
  • Additional visibility during New Student Orientation and Admitted Student Day
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Site Visit
Site Visit at Lead Sponsor Land O'Lakes
 

Case Distribution
Case Distribution
 

2017 CIHRCom Participants
2017 CIHRCom Participants
 

2017 1st Place:  University of Minnesota
1st Place: University of Minnesota, United States
 

2017 2nd Place: Yonsei University, South Korea
2nd Place:  Yonsei University, South Korea
 

2017 3rd Place: Sun Yat-sen University, China
3rd Place:  Sun Yat-sen University, China

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