March 5, 2018

LSU to Host 2018 SEC MBA Case Competition

The University of Georgia won the 2017 SEC MBA Case Competition held in Gainesville, Fla. This year's event will take place at LSU.
The University of Georgia won the 2017 SEC MBA Case Competition held in Gainesville, Fla. This year's event will take place at LSU.

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BATON ROUGE – LSU will host the 2018 SEC MBA Case Competition on April 12-14 in Baton Rouge, La. The event will feature teams of MBA students solving a business problem facing Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers, a Louisiana-based restaurant company.

The SEC MBA Case Competition began in 2013 and is a graduate student contest that provides opportunities for SEC business schools to showcase their students’ skills at solving simulated, real-world problems. Teams of four students are given a case and are expected to present their solution strategy within 24 hours to a judging panel of corporate executives and academicians.

“The Flores MBA Program at LSU is thrilled to host the 2018 SEC MBA Case Competition,” said Dana Hart, director of the LSU Flores MBA Program “This is a live case competition in which students demonstrate how their MBA education has prepared them to solve challenges in the real world. We look forward to welcoming the outstanding students and colleagues from the other SEC institutions. It’s truly an amazing event each year.”

The University of Florida won the first three SEC competitions in 2013, 2014 and 2015, followed by the University of Alabama in 2016 and the University of Georgia in 2017.

“The SEC MBA Case Competition is one of the several academically-focused initiatives supported by the SEC,” said Dr. Torie A. Johnson, SECU Executive Director. “Our conference has incredibly bright and enterprising students, and we are pleased to be able to encourage their growth and development in such a hands-on manner.”

For the 2018 SEC MBA Case Competition, the 14 teams will be divided into four divisions and will spend up to 24 hours analyzing the problem presented by Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers executives, coming up with a strategy and presenting their solutions to a panel of judges. The winners from each division will face off in the final round.

The overall winning team receives a traveling trophy and a $10,000 award. Awards are also given to second place ($6,000), third place ($3,000) and fourth place ($1,000). There are also $250 awards for individual winners in the best presenter and best question-and-answer categories.

For more information on the 2018 SEC MBA Case Competition, please visit

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About the Flores MBA Program

The mission of the LSU Flores MBA Program is to remain competitive in the national and regional markets, while fostering learning, leadership and networking in a global business environment. Full-time, professional, executive and online tracks are offered and provide schedule flexibility for those wishing to pursue their MBA from a nationally recognized program. For more information, visit or call 225-578-8867.