Students Participate in Case Competitions
Business students are often invited to participate in case competitions throughout the country. This month, MBA and undergraduate business students participated in the following:
Thunderbird Innovation Challenge
A team of four students placed #3 at the 3rd Annual Thunderbird Innovation Challenge. Read more.
The International Business Challenge
From October 26-29, Weatherhead undergraduate students Colleen Lang (Senior, ACCT), Nick Dorsey (Senior, ACCT), Tim Haaf (Senior, MGMT) and Erin Kepler (Senior, ECON) were at the University of Texas at Austin competing against students from more than 20 of the best universities from around the world, including Harvard, University of Hong Kong, University of Edinburgh, Georgetown, UC Berkeley, University of Southern California.
Each team received a copy of the same case that outlined a real-world problem confronted by a present day company. The teams had three days to prepare a solution that highlighted the use of their qualitative and quantitative skills. At the end of the three days, the students presented their solution to a panel of judges (representatives from the corporate sponsors, noted faculty members, and community business leaders). This year's case was Ford Motor Company: Strategy for the Next Three Years.
Weatherhead students placed second in their division behind Georgetown. Other teams in the division included Texas A&M, BI Norwegian School of Management, and University of Southern California. Good job, students!
Key Bank Minority Case Competition
On November 4-5, MBA students Jason Fitts, Matthew Evans, and Ivaylo Ivanov competed at the Key Bank Minority Case Competition at Key Bank’s headquarters in downtown Cleveland. The students competed along with 12-16 other schools from around the country including Ohio State University, Northwestern and Carnegie Mellon University.
The team engaged in a simulation in which they were "employed" by KeyCorp to assist in the development of both a near and long-term strategy for its Institutional Banking line of business, and more specifically, the recently acquired National Commercial Banking business unit.