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Marshall School Holds its First International Case Competition

by Paula Korn

From left: faculty adviser Carl Voigt, instructor of clinical management and organization; team members Katy Chang, Steffany Yee, Kevin Lam and John J. Dittrick Jr., associate dean of undergraduate programs at the school. Not shown is team member Ben Davidson.

Photo by Irene Fertik

The Marshall School of Business will host its first International Invitational Case Competition, Thursday through Saturday, March 20, 21 and 22.

Undergraduate students from business schools and international business programs around the globe will gather to compete and learn as they apply a broad spectrum of skills to solving a real-world business problem. The problem will offer ample opportunities for each team to integrate an array of disciplines and perspectives – including strategic positioning, finance, marketing and operations management – into its solution.

Eight competing teams will research and analyze the business case, develop recommendations and prepare a presentation for the final day of competition.

The eight teams hail from Carnegie Mellon University; The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology; Indiana University, Bloomington; McGill University, Montreal; The National Univer-

sity of Singapore; Pennsylvania State University; University of Pennsylvania; and USC.

Four students, accompanied by a faculty adviser, will compose each team.

USC’s Marshall School team includes Ben Davidson, Katy Chang, Steffany Yee and Kevin Lam. Carl Voigt, instructor of clinical management and organization, is their faculty adviser. John J. Dittrick Jr., associate dean of undergraduate programs at the school, noted that this is one of the first university-sponsored undergraduate case competitions in the United States to host international undergraduate teams.

“The Marshall School’s case competition is an outstanding opportunity for some of tomorrow’s best and brightest business leaders to meet,” Dittrick said. “Students from select universities – both foreign and domestic – have the chance to interact with one another and to compete in a demanding examination of modern global business challenges.”

The competition, which will be an annual spring event, is sponsored by the Marshall School’s Leadership Forum. In addition to providing a diverse collection of academic programs, extracurricular activities and support services designed to develop students’ leadership abilities, the forum hosts the invitation-only Leadership Forum Speaker Series.

The 1997 case competition teams will attend this semester’s Leadership Forum luncheon on March 22. The keynote speaker will be Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. He will speak on the subject of leadership.

The competition culminates with an evening awards banquet on March 22 at the Davidson Conference Center. At that time the winning team will be announced.

The public may attend the final rounds of competition on Saturday, March 22, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., and from 2 to 5 p.m. The event is free, and is held in the West Case Room (basement level) of Hoffman Hall. For more information, call 740-0153.

Marshall School Holds its First International Case Competition

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