Friday, April 12, 2024

10 am - Case Company Tour Starts

Competition starts at the case company.
When: We ask all teams to be at the case company at 9:45 am so we can start the tour promptly at 10:00.
Where: Summer Garden Food Manufacturing, 500 McClurg Rd, Boardman, OH, 44512
Who: Students and Advisors
Everyone should have the signed Non-Disclosure Agreement

No shorts, no jewelry, and no open-toed shoes. Taking pictures inside the facility is NOT permitted unless approved by the case company.

11:30 am - 1:30 pm Buffet Lunch

Where: Williamson College of Business Administration, Rooms 3422 – 3423 
Who: Students and Advisors
Students are welcome to take lunch to the assigned team room or remain in the lunch room.
Team rooms will be shared upon arrival.

3:30 - 5:00 - Competition Q&A Session With Drs. Marculetiu and Brockhaus

Where: Room 2221
Who: Students Teams Only

5:30 - 7:00 pm - Dinner

Where: Rooms 3422 – 3423
Who: Students and Advisors

Saturday, April 13, 2024

Suggested Breakfast venues

Breakfast will not be served at the conference.
Below are some suggestions for Saturday Breakfast:

9 am - Case Presentation Submission Deadline

What: PowerPoint presentations must be submitted before 9 am to
PowerPoint files must be named with the team name. Example “Team_Steam.pptx”

9:45 am Presentations Start

The schedule of presentations and rooms are shared via email. Hardcopies will also be provided.
Where: Competition rooms: 2221 & 2222

  • Students must be in Room 2223 (waiting room) at least 15 minutes before their scheduled presentation time.
  • Student teams can ONLY attend their own presentations

12 - 1:30 pm - Lunch, Award Ceremony, and Finale

Where: Room 3422-3423
Who: Students and Advisors




will be challenged with a unique case study from a real company:

2-day student commitment: April 12-13, 2023

Case Day

Friday, April 12th, starting at 10:00 AM.

§§§ Coffee, lunch, and dinner will be provided at the conference §§§

See the conference schedule for meal times.

Locations, Time, and Activities: The case competition will start with an engaging facility tour of the case company, which is just 15-20 minutes from our campus. The tour will start promptly at 10 am (please be on time), and the company’s name and address will be shared a couple of days ahead of the competition. This company visit and face-to-face interaction will bring the case study to life, providing students with the opportunity to meet and engage directly with the protagonists.

We will meet first directly at the case company at 9:45 am as the tour will start promptly at 10 am.

Case Study Preparation: Following the tour, students will return to the YSU campus, where they will be given the case. Teams will then proceed to designated team rooms within the college to brainstorm, develop their solutions, and prepare their presentations throughout the day. The case files will be emailed to students using the registration email addresses and also provided in physical/paper form.

Parking is included; passes will be provided upon entering the designated lot. Parking instructions will be posted soon. 

A Q&A session with Drs. Alina Marculetiu and Sebastian Brockhaus will be at 3:30 pm in room 2221 (WCBA/Conference Venue). Students/teams should ask pointed questions and consider that all teams will be present at the Q&A session.

*student teams should bring a laptop to work on the case study and prepare the presentation.

Facility tour requirements:

No shorts, no jewelry, and no open-toed shoes. Taking pictures inside the facility is NOT permitted unless approved by the case company.

Presentation Day

Saturday, April 13th, starting at 9:00 AM.

§§§ Coffee and lunch will be provided at the conference §§§

Judging Panel: Teams will present their solutions in front of a panel of judges which includes both protagonists from the case study and additional supply chain experts from the region.

Presentations: Each presentation should be 20 minutes long, with an additional 10 minutes allocated to Q&A.

Conclusion of the Event: The event will conclude by 2:00 PM following the lunch and awards ceremony, where teams will be recognized for their innovative solutions and strategic thinking.

We look forward to witnessing the creativity and insight each team brings to the table. Best of luck to all participants!

*Register your team before March 20.
Questions? Please contact Dr. Alina Marculetiu (

1st place: $1,000 team award
2nd place: $500 team award
3rd place: $200 team award 

  • FACULTY ADVISORS: Please email changes/additions of students to Alina Marculetiu ( by Friday, April 5.

Competition Sponsors

Best Student Paper Award

Submit your student paper to be considered for the Best Student Paper Award.

Full paper Submission Deadline: February 11, 2024
Abstract Submission Deadline: February 25, 2024
Early Registration Discount: March 10, 2024