ISM Global Case Competition

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. In addition, it is a great opportunity to engage with supply management professionals at the ISM World 2022 Annual Conference.


About the ISM Global Case Competition

The case study addresses an industry challenge in supply management. Teams with a maximum of four (4) students from colleges 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. Awards are based on winning placement. ISM will financially sponsor conference registration fees for students who are selected to participate in the final round of the case competition.

For more information contact, contact Jessika Baker at 480-455-5961 or

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 2022 Annual Conference May 22-25, 2022.
  • 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.


  • Submit your team interest form - December 10, 2021
  • Case round materials will be distributed – week of January 3, 2022 
  • Case round solution is due to ISM – March 4, 2022 
  • Announcement of Finalists – week of March 28, 2022 
  • Production/Recording deadline with ISM: week of April 18, 2022 
  • ISM World 2022 Conference: May 22-25, 2022 
  • Live Finale & Winner Announcement Event – May 25, 2022 


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.