Winning a case competition during b-school is a great honor – and it won’t look bad on your post-MBA resume, either. Here is a roundup of a few schools whose students have taken first place in some recent case competitions.
Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley – Haas students have distinguished themselves by placing first in not one but two recent case competitions. Earlier this month, a team of Berkeley students won the Wells Fargo MBA Case Competition, which asked competitors to formulate an optimal financing solution for an acquisition and capital expenditures. A separate team of Berkeley MBAs won the UNC Real Estate Development Challenge at Kenan-Flagler, which awarded the team that created the best redevelopment proposal.
Kelley School of Business, Indiana University – Purdue University’s Global Supply Chain Case Competition attracted teams from 22 MBA programs, and the Kelley team put together the top medical supply funding and distribution solution for a fictitious African nation. “I think the judges rewarded our team because we told a cohesive story that communicated the problem, the solution and the summary very clearly and understandably,” said team member Ben Cober in a Kelley press release.
Owen Graduate School of Management, Vanderbilt University – A group of Owen MBAs bested 96 other groups from 48 schools worldwide to win the Avnet Supply Chain Challenge. The competition asked students to operate “a make-to-order factory by managing a series of forecasting, capacity, inventory and contract decisions,” according to an Owen press release. Separately, another Owen student was on the winning team of the 2011 UNC Kenan-Flagler Marketing Case Challenge, along with MBA colleagues from Carnegie-Mellon, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and William & Mary.
Rutgers Business School – Rutgers MBAs won the 2011 Kellogg School Biotech and Healthcare Case Competition, which asked teams to develop a forecast for a newly approved drug. Of 46 groups, Kellogg’s home team came in third, and another group of Haas case competition achievers came in second.