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Graduate Students Excel in National MBA Case Competition


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Congratulations to our MBA students who advanced to the final round of competition in the Purdue Krannert School of Business Annual Global Supply Chain Management Case Analysis Competition.

Under the leadership and guidance of Dr. Ray Gehani and Dr. John Hebert, two teams from The University of Akron submitted case analyses. A total of 28 teams, representing MBA schools from the United States, Canada, China and other countries, competed in a Phase-1 virtual elimination round. The case analysis reports were blind reviewed by global supply chain experts.

Six teams were advanced to the final Phase-2 round:

  • The University of Akron (Team ZippieZ)
  • Indiana University (Team Streamline)
  • University of Michigan (2 teams)
  • University of Minnesota (2 teams)

The UA team beat teams from several well known MBA programs including University of Virginia, Michigan State, Purdue, University of Rochester, Boston University, UNC, Duke, USC, Vanderbilt and Carnegie Mellon.

Team ZippieZ Finalists included MBA students Scott Garnick, Ashley Barta, Cinthya Bustillo, Aasmund Michalson, and Laura Wallerstein.

Team ZipppieZ traveled to West Lafayette, Indiana to compete in the final round on February 12, 2010. Upon arrival, they discovered that one of the two finalist teams from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor had withdrawn from the competition. The team was then replaced with the next seventh ranked team; that of Purdue University. The teams were provided follow-up case information and last minute changes and were given 24 hours in which to complete and submit their analyses and recommendations.

Following an intensive and exhaustive night of work, the teams were able to catch a few winks after submitting their case entries and before attending presentations by some of today’s topmost global supply chain executives from leading American and global enterprises. The experts spoke about a number of cutting edge topics including the Challenges in Commercializing Wind Energy, Significance of Recycling, and Emerging Opportunities in Sustainability.

Team ZippieZ was second to present and placed a commendable fourth in the final rankings. First and second positions were awarded to the two teams from the University of Minnesota at Minneapolis and third went to Purdue University.