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RSM STAR Case Society

Our Philosophy

We believe in the excellent education we receive as students of the Rotterdam School of Management (RSM). However, to prepare for a career in private or public management, our academic education must be developed in conjunction with an ability to apply the subject of our studies in a practical manner. Theories and models can only take us so far, and real problems demand tangible solutions, solutions that must hold up to the scrutiny of critical thinkers and employers alike. At the RSM STAR Case Society, these capabilities are developed in our members through the case-solving format, in which members are presented with an abstract problem and must develop a solution that pleases numerous stakeholders.

An Introduction

What We Do

The RSM STAR Case Society is an association that attempts to marry academic theory and practical exercise. Cases are documents written by professors or company professionals that detail a problem that a certain public organization or private company is encountering. The topics we address in our case-solving days, and are exposed to in competitions, range from finance to corporate social responsibility (CSR), and from marketing to digital innovation. Cases are typically solved in teams of 4 students, in a timeframe ranging from 4 to 48 hours, and are presented to and judged by a panel of academic staff and industry professionals. During the year we host trainings and case-days that prepare our students for case competitions – usually around 6 trainings and 8 case days, per annum. These sessions are characterized by innovative ideas, holistic thinking, and constructive feedback. Members that develop and illustrate their case-solving skills are selected to compete against other world-leading business schools in international case competitions.

Why We Do It

The RSM Case Society’s activities are motivated by numerous factors. Operating on the intersection of theory and practice, we pride ourselves in helping the applicable development of our members. The most capable of us are sent abroad, free of charge, to represent the Rotterdam School of Management internationally, a huge source of personal and collective pride. Winners of these case competitions often get internships or job offers, and at the very least make some extremely valuable connections!

Although our society is competitive and academically oriented, our fellow student members are at the heart of the association. Getting along with each other is critical to our collective development, since we cannot build off one another when we are in conflict. Remembering this, we often end our case days with a couple of beers.

Compete Around the World

Past Case Competitions

Chiang Mai, Thailand – May 2014
Participating (Winning) Team: Nathalie Lidman, Carsten Paßlick, Sebastiaan Scholtes & Jan Wallner

CIBCC 2015 – Chulalongkorn International Business Case Competition
Koh Samui, Thailand – May 2015
Participating Team: Julian Pickartz, Alexander Smits van Oyen, Kimberly van Tongeren & Oskar Ziegler

RSM STAR Case Competition 2015
Rotterdam, the Netherlands – April 2015
Participating Team: Marc Glawogger, Alicia Kortenoever, Julian Pickartz & Alexander Boyko

Queen’s Case Competition 2015
Kingston, Canada – January 2015
Participating Team: Yenal Ersen & Sem de Koning

CBS Case Competition 2015
Copenhagen, Denmark – February 2015
Participating Team: Dennis Coppens, Alexander Smits van Oyen, André Feldhuis & Oskar Ziegler

CBS Case Competition 2016
Copenhagen, Denmark – February 2016
Participating Team: Lukas Pfaffernoschke, Sem de Koning, Benjamin Witting & Žygimantas Krupskis

The Peak Time  2016

RSM STAR Case Society Board

Management & Contact

Board Members

Saleh Dadkhahipour – Chairman & Treasurer

Nathan Van Den Dool – Case Competition Manager

Chloé Fleury – Marketing & Recruitment Director

Vincent Jahn – Commercial Relations Director

Artus Assmann – Events & Communication Director

Get in Touch with Us


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Join the Case Society!

What type of position are you interested in?

Become a Case-Solver

Application Deadline: September 26th

Are you looking for a true extracurricular challenge? Then you should be applying to become a member of the RSM STAR Case Society.

With training from celebrated professors and professionals from real consulting companies, the RSM STAR Case Society provides insight, practical experience, and develops holistic thinking skills not learned in the classroom. We are looking for the best and brightest minds to join our team of dedicated case-solvers. If you can demonstrate an aptitude for academic excellence (GPA > 7.5), and/or believe you have special insight into a particular industry, apply today!


Become a Board Member

Application Deadline: To Be Determined – End of Academic Year 2020

If you are interested in applying for any of the following positions, please prepare your application for the recruitment period.

o Chairman & Treasurer
o Case Competition Manager
o Marketing & Recruitment Director
o Commercial Relations Director
o Events & Communication Director

In your application, please include the following documents:

o Motivation Letter
o CV
o Grade List (Osiris)

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