PBL Competitive Events Topics

Category: Presentation without Equipment
Type: Individual or Team

Topic: Review an ethical case related to the banking industry that occurred within the last ten years.  Discuss why it happened; how it should have been resolved; and what could have prevented it.

Category: Presentation without Equipment
Type: Individual or Team

Topic: Research a court case involving a class action lawsuit and analyze the findings.

Category: Presentation with Equipment
Type: Individual or Team

Topic: You have been asked to make a presentation to your local chamber of commerce about encouraging development and enrichment of new entrepreneurs.

Category: Presentation without Equipment
Type: Individual or Team

Topic: Lean manufacturing is a management technique which seeks to use the smallest possible amount of resources for the biggest gain.  Lean manufacturing entails making production processes as efficient as they can be, reducing waste and improving customer service.  By adopting software to implement lean manufacturing techniques, firms across the world have demonstrated that huge savings can be realized.  The presentation must include Item 1 below and one or more aspects of Items 2 through 5. Description of the lean manufacturing practice and its efficiencies to the company Stakeholder engagement Environmental management systems Reporting and disclosure Life cycle analysis

Category: Presentation with Equipment
Type: Individual or Team

Topic: Many organizations are required to support charities through philanthropic efforts.  Use computer animation in a promotional/marketing video to show the importance of this kind of charitable effort as an important business responsibility.

Category: Production & Objective Test
Type: Individual or Team

Topic: You are starting a non-profit, charitable organization to provide gently used clothing to those in need in your community.  You will need to come up with a name and logo for your non-profit.  You will create a poster and a postcard that can be placed in businesses advertising your non-profit.  You will also create a brochure and a business card that can be used to visit prospective donors to your non-profit.

Category: Presentation without Equipment
Type: Individual or Team

Topic: The American business model and the European business model differ regarding corporate culture and practices regarding work/life balance. The United States has some of the longest working hours and some of the shortest paid vacation leave. The European business model includes shorter working hours, and employees are typically provided between four and six weeks paid vacation. Be prepared to argue the positive, that the European business model is a better corporate culture than the United States business model; and be prepared to argue the negative, that the European business model is not a better corporate culture than the United States business model.

Category: Prejudged Projects & Presentation
Type: Individual or Team

Topic: Create an app that will allow individuals to track healthy eating and exercise. The app should include, at minimum, components to track calories, track exercise, healthy diet suggestions, and balanced meal ideas.

Category: Presentation with Equipment
Type: Individual or Team

Topic: Create a social media campaign that markets and shows how PBL is an organization that benefits students from a variety of majors at your institution.  You must use at least three sources of social media.

Category: Presentation without Equipment
Type: Individual or Team

Topic: Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. operates in the highly competitive restaurant industry and “…primarily develops, operates, and franchises casual-dining restaurants and fast-casual restaurants in North America and focuses on serving an imaginative selection of high quality gourmet burgers in a fun environment welcoming to guests of all ages” (Red Robin 10K, February 19, 2016). The first Red Robin was opened in Seattle, Washington in 1969, and Reb Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. was formed in 2001. Utilize a subset of the following strategic tools to develop a recommended strategy to take advantage of the strengths of Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. or negate the weaknesses of Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. You will present the recommended strategy and the analysis utilized to develop the strategy. Tool options include but are not limited to:
  • External Analysis: Macro Environment, Industry Environment, Competitive Analysis.
  • Internal Analysis: Financial Analysis, Value Chain Analysis, SWOT Analysis.
  • Strategy Formulation: Vision, Mission, Goals, Objective Analysis, Market Demands Analysis, Business Strategy Options Development.
  • Strategy Recommendation.
  • Strategic Recommendation Implementation Issues.

  • Category: Prejudged Projects & Presentation
    Type: Individual or Team

    Topic: You are starting a non-profit, charitable organization to provide gently used clothing to those in need in your community.  You will need to come up with a name and logo for your non-profit.  The site should include, at minimum, a description of the non-profit’s purpose, location/contact information, hours of operation, and how to make donations.