The Notre Dame MBA

live case schedule

Working a live case can be an intense and rewarding experience for Notre Dame MBA students. The following typical live case schedule provides an overview—from being presented with the problem to delivering the solution…all in four days.

Monday

Morning

  • Company executives provide an extensive overview of the company, as well as the specific business unit where the business problem exists.
  • The problem is unveiled. Sample problems include new product development, expanding an existing business, turning around an existing market segment, what company to buy, embracing corporate social responsibility initiatives, and improving workplace environment satisfaction.
  • Student groups are assigned (4-5 students per group).

Afternoon/Evening

  • Organization sets expectations for the finished analysis.
  • Executives share internal data and students work in groups to begin to tackle problems, usually into the evening. Company representatives often stay on-site during the week and provide mobile phone numbers for around-the-clock access.

Tuesday

Morning

  • Students continue researching the problem and analyzing data.

Lunch

  • Teams meet with a company representative, who answers questions and guides students toward additional areas of analysis and research.

Afternoon/Evening

  • Students divide responsibilities, meet in groups, do research, begin to develop concepts and strategies, and report back to the full team.

Wednesday

Morning

  • Teams continue concept and strategy development.

Lunch

  • Students meet with a corporate representative, who answers further questions.

Afternoon/Evening

  • Students create presentations, practice delivery, and develop responses to potential questions from executives from the presenting organization.

Thursday

  • Each student group presents for a half hour, followed by 10 minutes of Q&A. Attendees include an expanded group from within the organization (usually 2-5 people from different levels). Program administrators within the College also participate.
  • Executives provide feedback at the end of each group’s session. At the conclusion of the day, executives discuss which group had the best solution to the problem. Frequently, the organization will incorporate some element of the student input into the actual solution to the problem.