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Human Capital Management Case Competition

The Master of Human Resources program at the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business is proud to host Utah State University’s first ever HR case competition.

What is Human Capital Management?

Human Capital Management is the “people” side of business. It’s solving business problems about people, for people, and with people. Human resource management is a comprehensive field within business that includes training, onboarding, recruiting, employee relations, compensation & benefits, strategy, and consulting.

What is a Case Competition?

In a case competition, teams of students present solutions to real-world business problems before a panel of judges consisting of professors and industry professionals.  Each team receives the same case and is allotted a specific amount of time to prepare a presentation of its solutions.  Then, on a specified day, teams present to the panel of judges which chooses a winner.

USU MHR’s Human Capital Management Case Competition

This case competition will consist of two rounds. The first round will be a preliminary case which teams will have five days to complete. This round will not include a physical presentation, but will consist of submitting a 10-slides or less Powerpoint/GoogleSlides presentation which will be assessed by our judges. Eight teams will be selected from the preliminary round to move on to the final competition.

The case for the final round will come from an actual Fortune 100 company that recruits MHR students at Utah State. Each team included in this phase of the competition will receive the case on a Monday. The teams will have til Friday of that same week to prepare a presentation. On competition day, each team will present to a panel of judges consisting of USU MHR professors and local HR professionals. In the afternoon, after each team has been judged, there will be a presentation by the MHR Student Association. Following the presentation, the first and second place teams will be announced. The first place team will be awarded $1,000 and the second place team will be awarded $500.

This is a great opportunity to build your resume and learn about real-world business issues and solutions. The case competition also provides great opportunities to network with USU MHR students and professors as well as local HR professionals.


3-5 USU Undergraduate Students

It is encouraged for teams to include students from different majors at USU including business and non-business majors. The field of HR is comprised of individuals from various business and non-business backgrounds, and diversity of thought is encouraged in this competition.


1st Place: $1,000
2nd Place: $500

Important Dates:

Registration Deadline: January 12
Preliminary Case Due: January 19
Competition Day: January 26

For more information contact Aubri at