2018 Case Competition

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UnitedHealth Group (UHG) is a distinctively diversified health and well-being company headquartered in the United States, and a leader worldwide in helping people live healthier lives and helping make the health system work better for everyone. UHG is committed to introducing innovative approaches, products and services that can improve personal health and promote healthier populations in local communities. Their core capabilities in clinical expertise, advanced technology and data and health information uniquely enable them to meet the evolving needs of a changing health care environment.

 

Issue: UnitedHealth Group wants to modernize and redesign their Performance Management approach. 

 

Question/Problem: What can UHG do to modernize and redesign their performance management approach transitioning from an annual, backward-looking process to a new method that supports their five-generation global workforce, impacts business performance, and creates a positive employee experience?

Final Gold Round Agenda

The Final Gold Round of the HR Case Competition at the Carlson School of Management was held Wednesday through Sunday, November 8-12, 2018.

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 UnitedHealth Group Headquarters

  • 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. — UHG 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 UHG 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).

1st Place: Queensland University of Technology, Australia

2nd Place: Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS), India

3rd Place: University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management, USA


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

2018 Sponsors

Lead Sponsor

  • UnitedHealth Group

Partners

  • H.B. Fuller
  • Land O'Lakes 
  • LG Leadership Academy

Sponsors

  • Bristol-Myers Squibb

Sponsorship Opportunities are now CLOSED for 2019 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