University of Vermont

School of Business Administration
UVMFECC_FAQs

FECC Frequently Asked Questions

1. What are the rules around the preparation process for the pre-arrival case? Can the team rehearse their presentation in front of an audience (or their coach)? If so, can the audience / coach provide feedback? Or should the team consider themselves "embargoed" during the preparation process? Should they avoid using the internet and/or external resources, or is this actually encouraged for the pre-arrival case?

Teams are welcome to rehearse their pre-arrival case presentation in front of an audience including their coach. The audience and coach can provide feedback. The teams are not embargoed during the preparation process and are welcome to use the internet or external resources. These rules only apply to the pre-arrival case. However, teams must not contact anyone from the focal company of the case or the author/s of the case where known. Any contact with the company or the author of the case will lead to disqualification of the team from FECC. Secondary information available on internet / media is okay to use.

2. To whom should the students presume they are presenting? The management team of the company? The decision-maker in the case? The board of directors?

This is for the team to decide. They may take the role and assign the role to the audience as they see fit for each case. However, it would help the team to clarify this at the start of their presentation.

3. What role should the students presume they are playing? External consultants? The decision-maker in the case?

This is for the team to decide. They may take the role and assign the role to the audience as they see fit for each case.

4. Should the students plan to clearly identify the school they are representing? Should they avoid doing so?

Teams are not required to identify their school but the judges will know each school name. School names will not be kept from the judges so teams are welcome to brand their slides as much as they like.

5. How much knowledge will the students be expected to have regarding tax laws? Since these vary by jurisdiction, the students had some concern about uneven knowledge across teams, yet tax issues are often core considerations for family businesses, especially in issues like succession planning.

If the pre-arrival case requires some understanding of the laws or context, teams are expected to do that external research. For the timed cases, where no internet is allowed, the better teams will be clear about the assumptions they are making regarding the context or missing information in the case, and clarify those in their presentations.

Last modified January 09 2014 09:00 AM