Griffith University Students To Sharpen Their Skills With International MBA Resources

Senior lecturer Dr Stephanie Schleimer

After competing in the 2017 Business & Society International MBA Case Competition, Griffith University has walked away with what is arguably the most valuable prize.

Offers were given to only five academics from business schools around the world to gain access to the Aspen Institute’s raw case data used in the competition.

One of those five was Griffith University senior lecturer Dr Stephanie Schleimer, who now plans to take the data back to the university and use it to build cases that will help train the next generations of Griffith MBA students.

She said Griffith MBA students will experience what it’s like to shape strategy for one of the world’s biggest companies.

“It sits perfectly at the intersection of innovation, strategy and social responsibility,” Dr Schleimer said.

Earlier this year during the international competition, Griffith University participants spent 72 hours in lockdown with the aim of developing a strategy for the IBM Corporate Service Corps, a global pro-bono consulting program which provides leadership training to its staff and improve communities served by IBM’s host organisations.

Students were asked to find ways for the company to increase its social impact while preserving the more tangible aspects of its program, and present their findings to a panel of judges.

Dr Schleimer’s recognition means that her future MBA students will be able to have the same ‘real-life’ experience.

“This case aligns really well with the Griffith MBA values for responsible leadership and sustainable business practices,” she said.

Access to the case study is worth $1500 which goes toward adapting the material into the curriculum.

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