University of Vermont

School of Business Administration

FECC Frequently Asked Questions

Cases & Case Presentations

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.

For the timed cases, where no internet is allowed, teams should clarify any assumptions they are making regarding the context or missing information in the case.

6. Will printers be available in the preparation room to create handouts for the judges?

No, printers will not be available in the preparation rooms. But, each team is assigned a UVM Student Ambassador who will ask your team to provide a copy of the slide deck no later than 15 minutes before the end of your preparation time (this applies to the Closed/Controlled cases). The Ambassador takes that file to a centrally located printer to make copies for all of the judges. The slide presentation the team presents to the judges is permitted to be different than the slide deck they have printed for the judges. Once the team provides the student ambassador the file to print (no later than 15 minutes before the end of the preparation period), the printed slides for the judges may not be changed and/or reprinted.

7. Will the students have access to cell phones also during the preparation time? The issue might be that the competing student may want to be available in case of an emergency (related to children, loved ones or otherwise).

No phones are permitted in the preparation room. But, your assigned UVM Student Ambassador will hold your phones for the competing students. Instructions can be given to the Ambassador that if a call comes in, the competitor will be informed. Should the competitor choose to take the call, s/he will have to do so in the presence of the Ambassador. Should it be necessary, the student receiving the call could recuse themselves from that case and the team would present without that person.

Competitors Eligibility & Event Logistics

8. If a full time student is enrolled in our program but graduating half-way through the year around December, may they still compete in FECC representing our university (even though they may have graduated a couple of weeks prior to the event)?

Yes, students on the team must be registered full time at the competing school for at least one semester of the academic year of the competition (e.g. an undergraduate student completing their degree in December 2014 is eligible to compete in the January 2015 Family Enterprise Case Competition).

9. US Visa letters - when can I get these for coaches, competitors and additional attendees?

Students, coaches and attendees who need a letter from UVM to obtain their US visa must indicate as such in their online registration form. We will prepare all letters in early November and send them to the respective coaches before 15th November 2014.

10.Can we switch student competitors after the pre-registration deadline (October 31st 2014)?

Yes, teams may switch competing students right until the FECC Opening Lunch on 7th January 2015. NO switching of competing students is permitted once the competition begins. If the team member switch occurs after the pre-event registration deadline, the new competitor information may not be accurate in the event materials (brochure, student profile booklet...). Any illness or other impediment to a competitor will result in their team competing without them. If a student competitor, for whatever reason, is unable to participate in one case/round of the event, they are permitted to rejoin the team for any remaining cases/rounds of the FECC event. Additional students from a competing institution may attend FECC 2015 for a charge of $250 per person. But, they cannot compete.


11. How is feedback given to the teams after they present?

The competition organizers receive written feedback from the judge panel from each division after their deliberations on each day of the competition. Included with this written feedback are the final team scores/ratings for the day. This collected feedback is then relayed to the coaches (in written form) in the 'coaches meeting with the organizers' (usually right after dinner). The coaches are then tasked to share the results and feedback with their teams. Most tend to strategize for the next day accordingly.

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