International Collegiate Business Strategy Competition

About the 2019 Competition

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Bruce Sparks, Administrative Director

In the spring of 2019 the 55th International Collegiate Business Strategy Competition hosted by California State University, Long Beach will begin in January with starting positions and materials distributed to participants.  The first decision round is scheduled for February 6.  It will culminate on April 25-27 with a three-day intensive phase followed by an awards banquet.  We are very excited about our 55th competition in 2019.

The location of the competition intensive phase will, again, be the Double-Tree Suites Hotel by Hilton: Anaheim Resort—Convention Center in Anaheim, California. The hotel (2085 S. Harbor Blvd., Anaheim, California, 92802, USA)  is one mile from Disneyland® Park and Disney’s California Adventure® Park.  Many Southern California attractions including its beautiful beaches are nearby.

The Competition utilizes the Business Policy Game, an international simulation, designed to enable advanced business students to integrate and apply the theories of their business courses. The students become strategic managers of simulated companies competing against other business students acting as managers of their own companies. The simulated environment incorporates the economies of two countries and requires consideration of global and domestic strategy.

The international competition starts with student teams organized into undergraduate and MBA “worlds,” with four to six teams in each “world” competing directly against each other. Trophies are awarded separately in each “world.” The Competition extends over five simulated years, one calendar quarter at a time.

The planned schedule for the 2019 Competition is as follows:

Registration Deadline: The deadline for registration is December 31, 2018

Payment of Registration Fees: All registration fees must be paid no later than January 23, 2019

Team Corporate Charters with Student Names and Officer Titles and Contact Information:  All contact information must be provided to the Competition Administrative and Operations Directors by January 16, 2019.  A form will be provided to team faculty advisors for this purpose early in January.

Competition begins on or about January 31, 2019 with disbursement of starting position files.  The First Decision Set will be submitted by student teams to the Competition via Internet by February 6, 2019 (6:00 AM west coast, USA time).

Written Strategic Plan for Years 4-7 of the simulated companies’ operations must be emailed no later than March 12, 2019

The Tentative Decision Schedule for the 2019 Remote Phase is as follows:

(Years 1 and 2 are provided as history at start-up.)

Year 3, Quarter 1–February 6

Year 3, Quarter 2–February 13

Year 3, Quarter 3–February 20

Year 3, Quarter 4–February 27

Year 4, Quarter 1–March 13

Year 4, Quarter 2–March 20

Year 4, Quarter 3–March 27

Year 4, Quarter 4–March 31        (Saturday)

Year 5, Quarter 1 –April 3

Year 5, Quarter 2—April 7            (Saturday)

Year 5, Quarter 3—April 10

Year 5, Quarter 4 – April 14         (Saturday)


The Tentative Schedule for the On-site Intensive Phase in Anaheim on April 25-27, 2019 is:

April 25th: Hotel check in and Registration with the Competition

April 25th: Year 5 Annual Reports Due at Registration by 5:30 PM

April 25th: Opening night social event followed by general meeting 6:00-8:00 PM

April 26th: Year 6 Quarter 1 thru Y 7 Quarter 4 decisions made

April 27th:  8:00 AM to 12:00 noon:  Team presentations to Judges     (Business attire)

April 27th:  9:30-1:00 PM. Team Pictures and Pre-Banquet Social Hour    (Business attire)

April 27th:  Awards Banquet — 1:30-4:00 PM.    (Business attire)

I look forward to meeting you and your teams in the 2019 Competition.