Concordias MBA case competitions team. Seated, from left, are
Devon Cruickshank and coach Tim Field. Behind them are Steffen Hartleib,
Isabelle Larue, Noor Shawwa and Chantal Gosselin.
Photo by Christian Fleury
The Concordia team didnt make it to the semi-finals in
the Concordia MBA International Case Competition, held Jan. 7 t0 12 in
Montreal, but virtually the same team won $10,000 in another competition
held at McMaster University, in Hamilton, Ont.
Münster University, of Germany, came first in the Concordia competition.
Second place went to Helsinki School of Economics (Finland) and third
to Northeastern University (USA).
The Concordia competition, now in its 21st year, brought 22 teams of business
students from schools around the world to Montreal for a round-robin competition.
Teams argue for the best way of solving business problems, called cases,
under severe time constraints, and the winners are judged by seasoned
business executives from the Montreal area.
Although the Case Competition has been held for a number of years at the
Queen Elizabeth Hotel, renovations are going on there, so the event was
held for the first time at the Hilton Bonaventure. It was a great choice,
said student organizer Cristina Franco. Participants really liked
the new hotel, and in terms of logistics, the hotel was perfect, with
meeting space in one floor.
We also had, for the first time, simultaneous translation of the
finals. However, only English-speaking teams advanced to the finals and
so there was not much demand for the translation receivers. This measure
was taken because last year, Laval advanced to the finals, and later on
won the competition, and many teams complained that they were not able
to understand the winning teams presentation.
Every year, the organizers arrange for a live case, an actual
business challenge presented by an executive of the company. This years
choice was the Quebec engineering giant SNC Lavalin, presenting issues
on privatization of infrastructure.
The competition wasnt all work. The students enjoyed a Hollywood-theme
costume party, a night out at the good old hockey game, and several cocktail
receptions hosted by corporate sponsors, and a closing awards banquet,
with prizes that included Air Canada tickets anywhere in the world.
The Concordia team who competed in Montreal comprised Devon Cruikshank,
Noor Shawwa, Isabelle Larue and Chantal Gosselin
Only a week later, the Concordia team, with Hartleib replacing Larue,
who was out of town, competed.in the first annual case competition held
by the Michael G. DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University,
January 14 to 16, in Hamilton, and won first prize, taking home $10,000
in prize money.
Dean Jerry Tomberlin was delighted. Our teams strong finish
is a reflection of the strength of our MBA program and the quality of
the students. I am very proud of their achievement.
A case competition really tests students ability to think
on their feet, using the skills that they have developed to come up with
creative, targeted responses to real business challenges.
DeGroote is the business school. The competition drew seven teams from
across Canada. A panel of six business people acted as judges. The anonymity
of the teams was maintained throughout the competition until the final