Students put their business knowledge, skills to the test during MBA Case Competition
Imagine your company is facing a problem, and you and a small team of colleagues are given one week to analyze the situation, identify solutions and determine the best course of action to recommend to your board of directors. Those are the circumstances that students found themselves in during the annual CityU MBA Case Competition in November.
Students who registered to compete were grouped into teams and introduced to a case study on Monday. They then had to use their business knowledge and creative problem solving skills to identify solutions, compile a business plan and create a formal presentation to deliver to a panel of judges on Friday. The condensed time frame created an intensified experience that led many teams to work around the clock to meet the deadline.
“The most memorable experience I found in the MBA Case Competition was the team-based, innovative environment,” said Kim Nguyen, a participant and member of the first place team. “I got to work on a real company’s case and create realistic business plans while working with humble, yet ambitious individuals. My team learned a lot from each other and from watching the other teams’ performances.”
Following the team presentations and judges’ evaluations on Friday, students were recognized in an awards ceremony.
“As a judge, I got a great opportunity to see how students tackle import, real-life scenarios in different ways,” said Libbie Stellas, director of the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy at CityU. “I enjoyed the diversity of students and seeing how they worked together to present cohesive solutions.”