Carol Elliott | November 20, 2017
A team of University of Notre Dame MBA students won first place and a cash prize of $5,000 in the 22nd Annual International Case Competition (ICC). Christopher Kunnen (’18), Austin Gilbertson (’19) and Zachary Kozak (’18) bested 10 schools from top universities across the U.S. in the competition hosted by the Carnegie Mellon University Tepper School of Business.
The contest, held Nov. 10-11 in Pittsburgh, is intended to provide participants with experience in synthesizing information under time pressure, organizing and prioritizing issues, applying decision-making skills, working in teams, and developing innovative solutions. ICC also connects leading operations talent with multinational sponsor companies for networking and recruiting opportunities, according to Tepper’s Operations Management Club, which organized the event.
MIT Sloan School of Management took second place, while Carnegie Mellon University Tepper School of Business took third.
Corporate sponsors included Eaton, Amazon and Emerson. Eaton, a global power management corporation, served as lead sponsor and developed the case for the teams. The case focused on operations strategy, supply chains and sustainability, and represented a significant opportunity for students to solve a current operational business challenge.
“Overall, case competitions are a great experiential component to the MBA experience,” said Kozak. “The competitions combine both real-world problem solving and simulating the time-constraint project management challenges that we as professionals will experience in the future.”