A team of four MBA and Executive MBA students from UTS Business School have triumphed over fierce competition to be named the winners of the 2013 John Molson MBA International Case Study Competition in Montreal, last week.
The competition is the oldest and largest of its kind and this year brought together teams from top business schools in 14 different countries.
Teams compete in a fast-paced and rigorous round-robin contest to analyse, evaluate and develop solutions to business cases using only their acquired knowledge, practical experience, personal skill and creative talents.
Without access to tools such as Microsoft PowerPoint or the internet, this competition aims to showcase the raw talent of competitors, who are judged by panels of senior business executives.
The UTS team included Executive MBA students Adrian Wilson, the Principal and Director of residential real estate agency Wilson Property Agents (one of BRW’s 2012 list of Fast Starter 100 companies); Clare Ferguson, a Business Services Manager in an international law firm; Thomas O’Connor, a Supply Chain Analyst at Louis Vuitton Oceania; MBA student Chris Maxwell, a consultant to corporate and government clients; and the team coach Dr David Band, an Adjunct Professor at UTS Business School and a professional director, consultant to corporate boards and an investor in technology start-ups.
The team received valuable support from Tulla Group CEO and Managing Director Mark Maloney to help finance their trip to Montreal.
This year marked the first in the competition’s 32 year history in which Australian business schools have participated, with the University of Technology, Sydney and Queensland University of Technology taking out first and second place, respectively.
QUT beat Canadian university McMaster to take the second place honours, cementing Australia’s place in the world as leaders in business innovation and education.
The competition judges said they were impressed with the professional and creative approach taken by the UTS team, adding that they displayed “team dynamics working together” to add value.
The win is a welcome accolade and reflects the quality of the MBA programs at UTS Business School, and the calibre of student they attract. The emphasis within the degrees on agile and integrative thinking were crucial to the team’s success in such a high-pressure competition – the contestants tackled seven case studies across multiple industries over six days – and reflect the innovative teaching and learning methods within the university.
The contestants have now returned to Australia with the Concordia Cup perpetual trophy and $10,000 to share in prize money.