ISM Global Case Competition

A University Team Competition for Supply Management Students

The ISM Global Case Competition gives students an opportunity to gain real-world case solving experience within supply management while also applying their knowledge and diverse perspectives to a solution. The program is an incredible opportunity to engage with supply management professionals at the ISM World Annual Conference.

The case study addresses an industry challenge in supply management. Teams with a maximum of four (4) students from universities across the globe will have the opportunity to develop analytical and reasoning skills in a professional setting, much like they will face in the business world. Financial awards will be given to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams. ISM will financially sponsor conference registration fees for students who are selected to participate in the final round of the case competition onsite. Download Case Competition Infosheet

To submit your interest form nomination, follow the link below to register your award submission account and start your entry.

Save your progress along the way and be sure to submit before the December 2, 2022 deadline.

Submit Team Interest Form

Nominations for the ISM Global Case Competition

Nomination deadline is December 2, 2022.

Submit Team Interest Form

Eligibility & Guidelines

  • Full-time undergraduate or graduate students studying supply chain management, business, finance or relevant field, with an interest in supply management.
  • Teams competing in the case competition may consist of no more than four (4) team members. Teams competing may be graduate or undergraduate students or a mix of both. No alternates or submissions of team members.
  • We can accept up to 2 submissions per university. However, you may submit more than two for consideration when completing the interest form.
  • Teams need to have a faculty/professor advisor/mentor.
  • Must be able to attend and register for ISM World 2023 Annual Conference May 7-10, 2023.
  • Teams may represent domestic U.S. or international universities.

Note: Students may not be a full-time or part-time teacher’s assistant or full-time, tenured or adjunct faculty at participating university or any college providing post-secondary education.


December 2, 2022
Submit your team interest form

Week of January 2, 2023
Case round materials will be distributed

March 10, 2023
Case round solution is due to ISM

Week of March 27, 2023
Announcement of Finalists

May 7-10, 2023
ISM World 2023 Conference

May 10, 2023
Live Finale & Winner Announcement Event


ISM is excited to offer competition prizes of up to $5,000:

  • 1st Place - $5,000
  • 2nd Place - $3,000
  • 3rd Place - $2,000

In addition to the monetary prize, the top team will receive 1:1 coaching/mentorship session with an executive, as well as complimentary access to the CPSM® digital learning system to prepare for a CPSM® certification for all of the top three teams.