UC MBA Team Wins National MBA Case Competition
11 October 2022
The University of Canterbury hosted this year's MBA Case Competition and claimed the first place prize.
The annual National New Zealand MBA Case Competition was held at the University of Canterbury, Ilam Campus on Saturday 8 October. Teams arrived at the University of Canterbury 15 minutes before the start of their preparation. Upon arrival, teams were briefed on the competition format and rules and shortly after twenty MBA students in teams from five universities were given four hours to analyse and prepare a presentation on a case provided by NZ Merino before presenting to a panel of judges.
NZM is an integrated sales, marketing, and innovation company focused on transforming New Zealand's wool industry. NZM works with growers to maximise the value of their wool by connecting with global brands and supporting on-farm innovation. They work with brands from around the world to ensure they have a high quality, sustainable source of wool for their products; spanning luxury apparel, fashion, active outdoors, children's wear, interior textiles, and other applications. NZM supplies wool to over 70 global brands, ranging from Stella McCartney to IKEA.
“We have some challenging strategic choices to make about how we structure the organisation, where we focus our resources, and how we best take advantage of potential growth opportunities.” Says Tim Loftus, GM of Sales and Marketing.
Tim was on the judging panel on Saturday, accompanied by Graham Grant (CE of Seequent), Gerard Quin (UC Centre for Entrepreneurship Director), and Teresa Callow (GM People and Culture, NZ Merino).
UC won the first prize prevailing against teams from Auckland University, Otago University, Victoria University of Wellington, and Waikato University.
“I’m super proud of the UC Business School MBA team for taking out first prize in the 2022 National MBA Case Competition. It’s a real testament to the work we've been doing in the past few years at UC,” said UC MBA Director, Dr Elsamari Botha. “Case analysis is a critical part of any MBA programme, as it places students in real-world situations, and brings out the best ideas from students who are already aspiring and accomplished business leaders.”
The MBA team from Victoria University of Wellington took 3rd prize, University of Otago MBA second, and the UC MBA first place. The winning team from UC included UC MBA students Scott Mansfield, Richard Clark, Pablo Godoy and Roushan Nabi.
The UC Business School holds the ‘Triple Crown’ accreditation that includes the prestigious AMBA accreditation and puts it in the top 1% of business schools in the world.
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