National MBA Human Capital Case Competition

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National MBA Human Capital Case Competition

Address real-world challenges

​Welcome to the new era of human capital! No matter how much money a business has, how savvy the marketing is, or how operationally efficient it may be, without human capital, a business isn’t a business.

Competition details

The need for professionals to empower an organization through its people continues to grow. And business schools around the world are recognizing the importance of training students in human capital strategies and solutions. Positions in the fields of analytics, organization strategies, talent development, change management, and technology adoption are popular among today’s graduates.    

Working as a Human Capital consultant provides you with the opportunity to work across all functions in a business to help solve some of its most challenging problems and enable successful strategy execution.

Overview of competition

The competition challenges teams from the country’s top graduate schools to address a real-world human capital challenge and present innovative solutions relevant for today’s fast-paced global economy. Competing against each other, teams will present their solutions to a panel of esteemed corporate judges.


  • Enrolled full time in a graduate program and have earned a bachelor’s degree
  • Age 18 or older
  • Five members per team, composed of at least three first year graduate students and up to two second year graduate students
  • At least three members must be enrolled in full-time MBA program

How to apply

See the National MBA Human Capital Case Competition website for information about the application and to learn more about the rules and logistics.

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Perspective: case competition vs. real client projects

"Client projects cover a range of activities and issues. The case competition is very similar to projects where we are engaged upfront to deliver change or transformation. Participants must understand the business issues, the sector, the culture, and the changes that the company has gone through. They must then pull in different parts of the organization to help solve the problem, exactly like a real client project. Teams pull together the information and research in a cohesive presentation, which is very similar to the orals that Deloitte practitioners present to clients."

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Alice Kwan, principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP

Perpsective: traits of a successful team

​"A successful team has a well-balanced delivery. All team members are engaged and help present the team’s findings versus electing a single spokesperson. Additionally, successful teams offer ideas as recommendations versus demands. I also noticed that teams that fared well in the competition had an executive presence."

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Michael Stephan, principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP's HR Transformation practice

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