A team of four MBA and Executive MBA students from UTS Business School triumphed over fierce competition to be named the winners of the 2013 John Molson MBA International Case Study Competition in Montreal, in January.
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.
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 QUT team of Emma Newberry, Davina McCormick, Robin (Mac) Stark and Luke Sherwin finished just one point behind.
Dr Peter Beven from the QUT Graduate School of Business coached the team and said the quartet was simply outstanding.
“The fact that some of these schools had been attending for 10 years and had never made the finals really showcases the quality of the our MBA graduates on the world stage,” he said.
“The teams had to analyse live business cases and develop tangible, practical solutions to real world problems and that allowed QUT to shine.”
The competition’s judges included senior executives of some of Canada’s largest corporations including the Bank of Canada.
Another QUT MBA team has also made the semi-finals of the Mai Bangkok Business Challenge, which will be held in February with teams including UCLA and Rice University.