International Collegiate Business Strategy Competition

About the 2020 Competition

Bruce Sparks, Administrative Director

In the spring of 2020 the 56th 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 January 28.  It will culminate on April 16-18 with a three-day intensive phase followed by an awards banquet.  We are very excited about our 56th competition in 2020.

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 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

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, 2020.  A form will be provided to team faculty advisors for this purpose early in January.

Competition begins on or about January 31, 2020 with disbursement of starting position files.  The First Decision Set will be submitted by student teams to the Competition via Internet by January 28, 2020 (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 2, 2020

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

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

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
I look forward to meeting you and your teams in the 2020 Competition.