Kohl’s Business with Integrity Case Competition

Learn about the Kohl's Business with Integrity Case Competition and how to get involved.

Logo for Kohl's Business Case CompetitionThe Smeal College of Business is excited to be partnering with Kohl’s to provide Penn State undergraduate students an amazing opportunity to analyze a contemporary issue in business and recommend a strategic plan that demonstrates business with integrity. In addition to being involved in a great educational experience to refine skills that are critical for ethical leadership in business, qualifying participants will have an opportunity to interact with executives representing a number of outstanding organizations.

The format for the Fall 2022 competition is planned to be in person if circumstances permit. This year, students will have more opportunities to interact with senior executives – including members of Smeal’s Board of Visitors – throughout the entire competition. Participants will also compete for prizes that are cumulatively valued at $6000.

Rules

All PSU undergraduate students are invited to participate in the Kohl’s Business With Integrity Case Competition, in teams of three or four students. One condition is that every team must have at least one student that is affiliated with Smeal, as either completing a declared Smeal major or tracking as a Smeal major.

Each registered team will be required to:

  • collaboratively complete an analysis of the provided case study
  • recommend a strategic solution that demonstrates business with integrity
  • submit an executive summary of their analysis and recommendations
  • submit a digital presentation (e.g. PowerPoint) that would support a verbal presentation not exceeding 20 minutes
  • Provide link to a two-minute video, that demonstrates your ability to verbally pitch your idea
  • One member from each team must attend the case insights webinar

Team submissions will be evaluated by a committee consisting of both Smeal and Kohl’s representatives. Nine teams will be selected from that qualifying round, and will be sent an invitation to participate in the live semifinal round of the competition. Teams participating in the semifinal and final rounds will be assigned into brackets, with each team delivering a verbal presentation of their analysis and recommendations to the judges, and answering questions raised by the panel of judges about their presentation or the case in general. One team from each of the three brackets will be invited to the finals to make their presentation and answer questions a second time in front of a new panel of judges.

Winning Teams

All teams participating in the semifinal and final rounds will receive small tokens or recognition for excellence, with top teams receiving the following awards:

1st place: Prize valued at $750 for each team member

2nd place: Prize valued at $500 for each team member

3rd place: Prize valued at $250 for each team member

 

 

Fall 2022: Important Dates

Event Date Time Format
Team registration deadline October 3 8 a.m. Online submission
Part one of case released October 3 12 p.m. Email to participants
Case insights webinar October 11 6 p.m. Zoom
Student submissions due October 17 8 a.m. Online submission
Semifinalists announced October 24 5 p.m. Email to participants
Semifinals October 26 4:15 p.m. In person
Finals October 28 2 p.m. In person

Fall 2021 Competition Results

First Place: MASK Consulting

Anna Shimek, Kyle Kroboth, Sarah Hunt, and Megan Martin

Second Place: YYDS

Jia Yu, JiaXi Yuan, Yi Zheng, and Jiahua Hong

Third Place: Finance Four

Jakob Iceland, Dongjin Kang, Aidan O'Sullivan, and Jaxon Zeli

Fall 2020 Competition Results (Held via Zoom)

First Place: Certified Fresh

Haskel Canagarajah, Sean Cullen, Erica Mi, and Chimwemwe Mitole

Second Place: GAME Theory

Gunnar Litz, Madeline McEachin, Allie Mollo, and Elizabeth Weiland

Third Place: Integrity ICONS

Alexandra Carmona, Saige Cestone, Abigail Falce, and Ryan Willson

Fall 2019 Competition Results and Finals Presentations

First Place: Lady Consultants

Kohl's 2019 Business with Integrity Case Competition first place winners: Lady Consultants. Team:  Natasha Ferguson, Mary Brown, Emma Pirchalski, and Juliana Kaminski

Team: Natasha Ferguson, Mary Brown, Emma Pirchalski, and Juliana Kaminski

Lady Consultants Finals Presentation

Second Place: RepuWatch

The second place winners of Kohl's Business with Integrity Case Competition: Repuwatch. Team:  Alysa Kuiken, Shaye Smartt, Kassandra Reagle, and Emma Rimbeck.

Team: Alysa Kuiken, Shaye Smartt, Kassandra Reagle, and Emma Rimbeck

RepuWatch Finals Presentation

Third Place: Ice Kohl'd

Kohl's 2019 Business with Integrity Case Competition third place winners: Ice Kohl'd. Team:  Shane Cummings, Steven Zhang, Jack Vlazny, and Evan Zhang.

Team: Shane Cummings, Steven Zhang, Jack Vlazny, and Evan Zhang

Ice Kohl'd Finals Presentation