Curtin team competes in New York
A team of Curtin Graduate School of Business (CGSB) students travelled to New York earlier this month to compete in the finals of the Aspen Institute's 2012 Business & Society International MBA Case Competition. The CGSB team comprised Thierry Morel (MBA), Fergal McGrath (MBA), Harpal Gubner (MBL), and Nerida Bowden (MBA), with coaching provided by Janet Sutherland, Adjunct Fellow and former Director of the Curtin Master of Business Leadership program.
Over 100 students from 25 institutions across the world participated in the competition. Of the two teams from CGSB, one made it through to the finals and is the first Australia team to do so. Other finalists were from the business schools at University of Denver, Temple University, University of Notre Dame and University of Massachusetts Amherst, all in the United States.
The first round of the competition saw students competing over a 48 hour period to provide innovative solutions for future renewable energy projects and investments by Walmart de México y Centroamérica. The finalists presented their case to a panel of academic and business leaders in New York. Team coach Janet Sutherland said case study competitions are an integral part of the US academic landscape. “They are relatively new territory for us however, and the team did an amazing job analysing a complex case study under extreme time pressure,” she said. “It has been a great learning experience for them, as well as a unique opportunity to network with students and faculty from a broad range of US-based business schools.”
Director of CGSB Professor Alison Preston said it was a terrific result for the students, as well as helping to cement the school’s global reputation. “Success in such a high profile competition emphasises that the knowledge, skills and techniques taught at CGSB are of the highest international standards for leadership and management,” said Professor Preston.
Presentation ceremony – the CGSB finals team with competition judges