International Collegiate Business Strategy Competition

2020 Competition

The International Collegiate Business Strategy 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.  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.  Student teams are 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.  Two years of simulated company history are provided to the teams.  Students begin the simulated competition in Year 3.

The planned schedule for the 2020 Competition is as follows:

Registration Deadline: The deadline for registration is December 31, 2019

Payment of Registration Fees: All registration fees must be paid no later than January 23, 2020. 

Student Names with Email and other Contact Information: All contact information must be provided to the Competition Administrative and Operations Directors through the filing of team Corporate Charters by January 16, 2020.  A form will be provided to advisors for this purpose early in January.

Competition begins  with disbursement of starting files on or about January 31, 2020:  First decision set is  submitted to the Competition on February 6, 2020 (6:00 AM west coast, USA time).  Except for the Saturdays, identified in the decision schedule below, all decisions are due on Tuesday mornings.

Written Strategic Business Plan for each simulated company’s operations covering Years 4-7 to be emailed no later than March 12, 2020.

The Tentative Decision Schedule for the 2020 Remote Phase is as follows:

Year 3, Quarter 1–January 28
Year 3, Quarter 2–February 4
Year 3, Quarter 3–February 11
Year 3, Quarter 4–February 18

Year 4, Quarter 1–March 3
Year 4, Quarter 2–March 10
Year 4, Quarter 3–March 17
Year 4, Quarter 4–March 21   (Saturday)

Year 5, Quarter 1—March 24
Year 5, Quarter 2—March 28   (Saturday)
Year 5, Quarter 3—March 31
Year 5, Quarter 4– April 4   (Saturday)

The On-site Intensive Phase April 16-18, 2020

The on-site location for the 2020 ICBSC is the DoubleTree Suites by Hilton, Anaheim Resort Convention Center.  The hotel is ideally located just one mile from Disneyland® Park and Disney’s California Adventure® Park and is within 30 to 60 minutes of many of Southern California’s most famous  tourist destinations including its beautiful beaches.   It is just 12 miles from John Wayne Airport (SNA) and about 35 miles from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

Tentative Schedule for On-site Intensive

April 16th: Hotel Check-in.  The hotel has graciously extended competition rates to early arrivals for those schools who wish to take advantage of the local tourist opportunities.

April 16th: Registration with the Competition (at the hotel) for the on-site between 3:30 and 5:45 PM.

April 16th: Year 5 Annual Reports Due at Registration by 5:30 PM

April 16th: First night social event and general meeting 6:00-8:00 PM

April 17th: Year 6 Quarter 1 thru Y 7 Quarter 4 decisions made

April 18th: 8:00 AM to 12:00 noon:  Presentations to Judges.

April 18th:  Team pictures from 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM

April 18th: 1:30 – 4:00 PM. Awards Banquet.