WMU launches new MBA case competition

Thirty-nine students representing 11 teams will compete in progressive rounds of competition in the first WMU MBA Strategic Management Case Competition, organized by faculty in the Haworth College of Business. The tag line for the competition is “Advance Strategically,” and advancing to the finals of the competition is the goal for the students as they examine a business case on a company’s sustainability strategy. Four teams will advance to the final round of competition, which will be held on Saturday, March 29 at 10:30 a.m. in 2150 Schneider Hall.

The finalists will be evaluated by a panel of executives, including Paul Boyer, vice chairman emeritus, Meijer; David Hoogendoorn, market segment leader for Michigan and northwest Ohio and office managing partner for Grand Rapids, Ernst & Young LLP; Jim Koessel, senior vice president and manager, Premier Banking Group, Chemical Bank; Amy Papranec, vice president, Global Program Solutions, Stryker Corporation; and Han Zhang, sustainability leader, Sustainability Program Management Office, The Dow Chemical Company.

The first place team will be awarded a prize of $1,000, and the second place team will win $500.

“This is a great opportunity for our students to showcase their skills for an outstanding group of business leaders in the context of an issue such as sustainability, which is relevant across many different industries,” says Dr. David Flanagan, professor of management and director of the MBA Case Competition. “It is also a great chance for the business community to see the fantastic students that comprise the WMU MBA program.”

“Business cases are essential to our curriculum in the MBA program,” says Dr. Satish Deshpande, associate dean of graduate programs and operations for the Haworth College of Business. “Students must do in-depth analysis of real business problems and formulate viable, well-researched solutions in order to become competent business leaders who can take a strategic approach to solving complex problems. Since our students are great strategic thinkers, it made perfect sense to create this event where our best MBA students can compete and further hone their skills.”

The final round of competition is free and open to the public. Complimentary parking is available in Lot 72R near Schneider Hall. To RSVP for the event, contact Dr. David Flanagan at (269) 387-6051 or david.flanagan@wmich.edu.

Members of the media are welcome. To arrange media coverage, contact Stacey Markin, director of marketing and communications for the Haworth College of Business, at (269) 387-6936 or stacey.markin@wmich.edu .