Welcome to IMMA

In an ever-changing and increasingly connected world, the International Masters in Management Association (IMMA) was created by and for leading business schools offering pre-experience management degrees around the world.  Founded in 2011, its members are shaping the future of these degrees through a collaborative platform. Together we represent over 1,800 students from more than 100 countries and bring a global perspective and willingness to create a positive impact to the early career space.

IMMA’s mission is to raise global awareness of management degrees at the early career stage and their value to prospective students and employers. We cooperate to share best practices across all aspects of the student experience, from admissions to academic development to post-programme employment. Our activities include collaborative benchmarking, industry events, and outreach. We are pioneers in offering cross-school global student case competitions.

Current active IMMA members are ESCP Europe Business School, IE Business School, London Business School, Queen’s Smith School of Business, Singapore Management University and WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management. New member schools may be added to the network upon direct invitation.

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International Master in Management Association Global Consulting Challenge - The Future of Work

Join the first 100% virtual business school consulting competition

Teammates, mentors and industry experts spread around the world all collaborate virtually:  this is the workplace of the future.  Interested in participating in a global experiential learning opportunity while adding to your personal and professional development? Experience it now!

How does it work?

Seven teams composed of 3 selected students from six of the seven IMMA (International Masters in Management Association) member schools* compete against each other to arrive at a consulting solution for the challenge posed by sponsor Morningstar. Each school nominates three students and a faculty mentor. Teams are formed mixing 3 students, each from a different school. This mimics a realistic task-based working environment. Students are responsible for working collaboratively across international borders by leveraging all available technology.

The teams benefit from learnings on three different levels:

  • Mentoring for each case team provided by IMMA faculty
  • Expert sessions lead by Morningstar experts
  • Check-ins facilitated by Morningstar leadership

Read more about the challenge coverage of last year's challenge in Forbes and Globe and Mail.

The Challenge

Given the public availability of data (and tools for end-users to increasingly and cost-effectively conduct sophisticated analyses by themselves), what is the role of advisory services like Morningstar? What are threats and opportunities – and how should Morningstar plan its business moving forward?

*New timeline will be posted soon
Start Early January 2018 Participant Selection
Mid-January 2018 Team Formation
Mid-January 2018 IMMA Global Case Challenge Kick-Off
Ongoing Expert Sessions
Mid-March 2018 Three Finalist Teams Selected
Finish Mid-April 2018 Finalists Q&A in Paris

This is not the typical case competition: It is structured to take place over 2 months, simulating a real consulting engagement. There will be synchronous and asynchronous sessions with the client and internal check-ins with your Faculty Mentor. In addition to standard desk/secondary research and internal team meetings, top performing teams will need to engage in some level of primary research (potential interviewing customers). Expect an average of 5 hours per week, or approximately 60 hours over a 2 month period. An average team would require a few hours of work every week.

Marie Taillard ESCP Europe Business School
Michael C. Wenderoth IE Business School
Michael Mazzeo Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University
Jeff Skinner London Business School
David Detomasi Smith School of Business
Lutz Johanning WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management
  • Gain experience on a global, virtual team:  Experience the Future of work
  • Network with students and faculty from across Europe and North America
  • Apply your management education to real-world issues
  • Gain exposure to the consulting process
  • Build experience towards future employment
  • Trip to London for two finalist teams, partially subsidized

Winning teams gets a cash award of US$2500, the runner up will receive a cash prize of US$1500 and the third-placed team US$1000.

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University Contact Person E-Mail
ESCP Jeanne Weckler jweckler@escpeurope.eu
IE Isabel Janeiro isabel.janeiro@ie.edu
Imperial College Business School Sarah Wilsey s.wilsey@imperial.ac.uk
London Business School Lisa Mortini lmortini@london.edu
Queens University Kerri Regan kerri.regan@queensu.ca
Singapore Management University Mandy Lin Pei Jun mandylin@smu.edu.sg
WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management Steffen Loev steffen.loev@whu.edu
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Incredible Experience

The case challenge was an incredible experience! Apart from learning more about Morningstar and the financial industry, I was able to network with students from all over the world and learn how to work remotely in an intercultural team. After several months of hard work on the case, it was great to meet everyone in London for the final presentation.”

Christina Gärtner
WHU Master in Management Class of 2018
Part of the IMMA Case Challenge winning team

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