Student Co-operative Case Study Competition CASC Meetings, Ottawa, June 2nd

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The Centre for the Study of Co-operatives, University of Saskatchewan, and the Canadian Association for Studies in Co-operation (CASC) are sponsoring a student case study competition on June 2, 2015 as part of the CASC meetings held in Ottawa, Ontario Canada on June 2–4, 2015.

The cases used in this competition will focus on a governance or policy issue relevant to co- operatives. This competition is designed to test students’ ability to apply concepts from the classroom to real world issues. Possible examples of case topics include:

  • Analysis of credit union mergers and their impact on governance structures
  • Management decision making in co-operatives
  • Strategy and co-operative identity in competitive markets


  1. Open to graduate students and students in the final year of their undergraduate program. Students from US and Canadian universities are encouraged to apply.
  2. Open to students who wish to showcase their problem-solving capabilities using the case study method.
  3. Applicants must write a 300-word submission discussing the relevance of the co-operative model in modern society. The submission must include the applicant’s name, and the name of the

applicant’s university, program and year of study. Graduate students must include their proposed thesis title and supervisor. While preference will be given to graduate students, senior

undergraduate students will also be considered. The application deadline is March 30, 2015.

  1. In addition to participating in the case competition, successful applicants are expected to attend the CASC conference.
  2. Successful applicants must be able to travel to Canada for the competition.
  3. Successful applicants must make all of their own visa and travel arrangements. Selected applicants will receive $US1, 000 to support their participation in the case competition.

Students’ Case Competition Process

Up to sixteen students will be selected. Students will receive four to five cases to review two weeks before the competition. Upon arrival the students will be assigned to a team of four and given one of the cases to analyze. Case study experts from the Centre for the Study of Co- operatives will support the teams through the analysis process.

Case Presentation

Each team will present its case analysis at the CASC plenary session using a modified Three Minute Thesis (3MT) format.


Funding for the case study competition is provided by CHS Inc. Invitations to submit applications have been sent to all the universities involved in the Cooperative Education Networking Forum held in Washington, D.C. in June 2014, as well as to Canadian universities with programs in co- operatives. Please forward this call for applications to others within your university that you think would have students interested in the case study competition.

Applicants should send their submissions to:

Audra Krueger
Research, Education and Liaison Officer Centre for the Study of Co-operatives University of Saskatchewan
Phone: (306) 966-8506

audra.krueger@usask.ca  http://www.usaskstudies.coop

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