MBA Case Competition Winners Roundup

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 UniversityPurdue 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.

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