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Case Solvers is a company founded in September 2012 and run by young Hungarian professionals[who?]. Case Solvers' mission is to train young problem solvers, and to create a platform between graduates and the actors of the labor market. The organization was called Hungarian Business Case Society until 2013, then it gradually took up the name 'Case Solvers'. The team of 35 young Hungarians held more than 250 trainings to talented university students in 27 countries by 2017.
- 1 History
- 2 Trainings
- 3 Case competitions
- 4 Research
- 5 Corporate social responsibility
- 6 References
Case Solvers was founded as Hungarian Business Case Society in September 2012 by Zsolt Ábrahám, Gergely Balázs and István Juhász. Initially, the organization functioned as a blog where professional articles about case solving were published continually. The page, case-study.hu aimed to spread case solving as a teaching method among Hungarian and international business students as well.
Case Solvers (then known as HBCS) held its first training at the College of Management (Hungary) in March 2013, which was soon followed by several case interview trainings. The team organized its first case study camp, the Case Camp in August 2013. Within a year, Case Solvers held training courses in its home country's most prestigious business universities and prepared top teams for national and international case study competitions.
HBCS held its first training course as Case Solvers in November 2013, in India. The first training was soon followed by another in Romania, then in the Netherlands. By 2017, Case Solvers held more than 250 trainings in 27 countries.
Case Solvers trainings in Hungary:
● Corvinus University of Budapest, Budapest, Hungary
● Budapest Business School, Budapest, Hungary
● University of Miskolc, Miskolc, Hungary
● University of Pécs, Pécs, Hungary
International Case Solvers trainings:
● Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland
● Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
● Caucasus University, Tbilisi, Georgia
● Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic
● Delhi University, New Delhi, India
● FGV São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
● University of Glasgow, Glasgow, United Kingdom
● Graduate Institute, Geneva, Switzerland
● HEC Paris, Paris, France
● Imperial College London, London, United Kingdom
● Indian Institute of Management Calcutta, Calcutta, India
● Koc University, Istanbul, Turkey
● London School of Economics and Political Sciences, London, UK
● NOVA School of Management, Lisbon, Portugal
● Partium Christian University, Oradea, Romania
● Rotterdam School of Management, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
● Sapientia University, Miercurea Ciuc, Romania
● Solvay Business School, Brussels, Belgium
● University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany
● University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia
● University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway
● University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa
● University of Sao Paulo, Sao Paolo, Brazil
● University of St. Gallen, St. Gallen, Switzerland
● Warsaw School of Economics, Warsaw, Poland
● Buenos Aires, Argentina
One of the main activities of Case Solvers is training business students in case solving. There are two main groups of trainings: Case Solving Training and Case Interview Training.
Conventional case solving training, where problem solving, structured thinking and logical deduction are the obtainable skills. The case solver's task is to give a solution for an ill-structured, complex business problem, that they also need to present in front of a professional jury. Case Solvers hold trainings in several formats: from one afternoon they can even last a whole weekend. The amount and complexity of the material taught on trainings depend on the length of the training. Case Solvers often prepares teams for specific case competitions, both national and international ones.
Corporations, multinationals and consulting firms are likely to choose between candidates based on case interviews. The point is that job candidates must find a solution to a problem during the interview. This is usually a real problem that the interviewer has already faced in the company. The case interviews are perfect for assessing the candidate's abilities. At certain companies, this is a key point in the recruitment process, therefore careful preparation is required from the applicant.
Case interview trainings by Case Solvers prepare for situations like this: students can learn the methods of case interviewing by professionals, who have already undergone similar situations and who are currently working in the most prestigious consulting firms or multinational companies themselves. Case Interview Training – similar to Case Solving – could last from just a half-day up to an entire weekend as well. The amount and complexity of the material taught depends on the length of the training.
IB Day is about revealing the mystery of investment banks by showing training participants what they actually do, and how their recruitment and hiring processes work.
In addition to preparing teams for national and international case competitions, Case Solvers also organizes its own competitions.
The Case Solver of The Year Ranking (founded in 2013) aims to differentiate the case study competitions in Hungary and to make the competitor's performance measurable. The ranking is proposed to present the most successful competitors of the given year to the public, who are among Hungary's best case solvers based on their performance in case study competitions. The most prestigious case competitions of the academic year are the ones that matter in the Ranking.
Case Solver of the Year, the final competition organized by Case Solvers and Vialto Consulting is an invitational competition. The event aims to create a platform for the country's top case solvers where they can challenge themselves against the other outstanding students from the Case Solver of The Year Ranking. The contestant with the highest score gets a trophy for being the Case Solver of The Year.
Former case studies of the Case Solver of The Year Competition:
2014: Gránit Bank
2015: Budapesti Közlekedési Központ (Centre for Budapest Transport)
2016: Hungarian Telekom
Solvers' Cup is Hungary's unique international case competition both as an invitational and online competition, which was first organized in 2016. The invitational part of Solvers' Cup, which included teams from Europe's top universities was held in Budapest, at the Corvinus University. Competitors were representatives of Consulting Clubs from for example Oxford and St. Gallen, as well as Czech, Austrian and Hungarian teams, among others. During the three-day event, participants had to provide a solution to a complex business problem followed by two rounds of presentations in front of the professional jury. Among the jury members we could find the dean of the Corvinus University and representatives of Loxon Solutions, DHL Consulting, Roland Berger, PwC, Philip Morris and Ringier Axel Springer.
Case Solvers created an online surface to give an opportunity for case solvers all over the world to join the contest. The 130 registered students had the same task as the invited competitors, but the case solving time was only 10 hours long for them. The online competition gave a chance to participate and to experience dynamic thinking and quick decision-making given the short deadline to all those who did not have the opportunity to compete personally in Budapest. Considering the first year's success, Case Solvers intents to organize Solvers' Cup every year from now on.
Case Solvers continuously publishes international research related to case solving and the expectations of the young generation at work. The research is aimed to inform the key actors of the labor market and to transfer their accumulated international knowledge.
Career ambitions report
Case Solvers' team first published an English report – Career Ambitions Report – on career expectations of the young entrants of the labor market in March 2016. The survey is made up of three modules:
1. How students collect information
2. How students evaluate information
3. The key aspects of the students’ decision-making process
The 2015 survey reflects the opinion of the youth interested in management consulting from six countries (Hungary, Romania, Switzerland, the Netherlands, India and Ukraine), while the report of 2016 was enlarged by university students of three other countries: Brazil, Argentina and the South African Republic.
Case competitions play every year more important role in the life of business students. The good results achieved in these competitions become an advantage when it comes to finding a job, especially in the consulting area. Case Solvers' research covers the current situation of the Hungarian case competitions, as well as the motivations and opinion of the participants.
The survey was based on interviews and questionnaires, overall it summarizes the opinion of more than a hundred university students. The main conclusions are the following: every year there are a significant increase in the number of case competitions in Hungary, and the main motivation of the competitors is to gain professional experience.
Case Solvers placed great emphasis on the development of the Hungarian youth from the beginning. In December 2013, they co-founded the National Secondary School Problem Solving Contest (Országos Középiskolai Problémamegoldó Verseny) with Mathias Corvinus Collegium, and they launched the “Where to continue my studies?” (Hol tanuljak tovább?, HTT) initiative in November 2014. To support these projects, Problema Solvenda Foundation was established in January 2016 with the purpose of educating Hungarian high school students.
HTT is a non-profit project of Case Solvers that helps secondary school students make thoughtful decisions about their further studies. On the program's website, people with different fields of education and profession talk about their every day working lives, bringing it closer to graduating students.
OKPV is a program for high school students that gives them an insight into the world of the future academic case competitions. The task is problem solving of course, but the participants have to take on a historical figure’s character and make decisions with their minds. OKPV in 2017 is now the fourth competition in a row – in cooperation with Mathias Corvinus Collegium. Thanks to the Problema Solvenda Foundation, the competition is now held in Slovenia, Romania and Ukraine as well.
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