Students from the University of Pittsburgh Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business recently had a case competition hat trick: finishing among the winners at three national case competitions
Katz students placed first at both the 2017 APICS Mid-Atlantic District Case Competition in Pittsburgh and the KeyBank and The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business Minority MBA Student Case Competition in Cleveland, Ohio. Katz students also placed third at the TCU MBA/MS Supply Chain Case Competition.
Katz MBA students Varun Ajmani, Anirudh Kothari, Priyank Khanna, and Visal Rajendran were on the winning team at the APICS competition. The Mid-Atlantic District consists of Delaware, Ohio, Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey, and Virginia. The students were given a supply chain problem to solve using a computer simulation game. The majority of the case was solved on-site, followed by an oral presentation. The Katz team won $2,300 and a trip to San Antonio, Texas to compete in the International Round. This was the second year in a row that Katz won the APICS Mid-Atlantic Competition.
The Katz MBA team of Christopher Staten, Kimberly Lachell, and Aruagha Ndukwe won the Key Bank and Ohio State University Minority MBA Student Case Competition. The students took on a case topic addressing business issues at either a national or international level. Winning the top prize of $7,000, the students defeated a competitive field that included 25 teams from all over the country. Staten was also recognized for delivering the most outstanding individual presentation.
Katz students Manjunath Nelliapannan, Shreyas Vamburkar, Evelyn Liu, and Harleen Dhamija placed third in the TCU MBA/MS Supply Chain Case Completion. The topic of the case was a business decision to switch from using cage eggs to cage-free eggs. Specifically, it was about a company that has two restaurant chains that was under pressure from animal welfare groups. The team needed to analyze the impact in terms of costs and implementation timeline. The students came up with a solution that would allow the company to implement the switch to cage-free eggs within the same timeline as its competitors
“The case was challenging, but out team was able to collaborate to come up with a feasible solution. Overall, it was a great experience,” Liu says.
Katz provides students with many opportunities to gain hands-on experience in case competitions. To learn more about the opportunities that Katz offers, watch the Katz Case Competition Video.