About the 2024 Competition

We are very excited to welcome you to the 60th International Collegiate Business Strategy Competition (ICBSC) hosted by California State University, Long Beach in Spring 2024.

The 60th International Collegiate Business Strategy Competition will commence with its 10-week remote phase in January of 2024. Student teams will be organized into undergraduate and MBA “worlds,” with four to six teams in each “world” competing directly against each other. The Competition extends over five simulated years, one calendar quarter at a time. Each team will receive all required materials, including their starting position files, and begin their work.  The first decision round is scheduled for January 30. 

The competition will culminate on April 18-20 with a three-day on-site intensive phase followed by an awards ceremony in Anaheim, CA. Trophies are awarded separately in each “world.” The three-day intensive phase requires students to make decisions on an accelerated schedule. The teams will also have meetings with the judges, which are a mix of seasoned, senior level, management professionals and academics with a specialty in business strategy.

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 planned schedule for the 2024 Competition is as follows:

Registration Deadline: The deadline for registration is December 31, 2023

Payment of Registration Fees: All registration fees must be paid no later than January 21, 2024

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 14, 2024.  A form will be provided to Team Faculty Advisors for this purpose early in January.

Competition begins on or about January 21, 2024 with disbursement of starting position files.  The First Decision Set will be submitted by student teams to the Competition via Internet by January 30, 2024 (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 5, 2024

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

The Tentative Decision Schedule for the 2024 Remote Phase is as follows:

Year 3, Quarter 1–January 30
Year 3, Quarter 2–February 6
Year 3, Quarter 3–February 13
Year 3, Quarter 4–February 20

Year 4, Quarter 1–March 5
Year 4, Quarter 2–March 12
Year 4, Quarter 3–March 19
Year 4, Quarter 4–March 23 (Saturday)

Year 5, Quarter 1—March 26
Year 5, Quarter  2—March 30 (Saturday)
Year 5, Quarter 3—April 2
Year 5, Quarter 4– April 6  (Saturday)

The On-site Intensive Phase April 18-20, 2024 at the Hilton DoubleTree Hotel in Anaheim, CA