Carey Students Win $12,000 first Prize at Chamber of Commerce Case Competition
A team of four Johns Hopkins Carey Business School MBA students took home first place and a $12,000 prize at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s 2017 MBA Case Competition held on Dec. 1 in Washington, D.C.
The Carey team consisted of four Global MBA students: Ryan Douglas, Chirag Potdar, Marcus Tan, and Nairman Ziaee. The challenge was to examine the public’s perception of business and recommend ways to reinforce the message that business plays a crucial role in society.
According to team captain Ryan Douglas, the team was victorious because of the novelty of their solution, their preparation.
“Our presentation strategy was focused on a ‘different’ solution as opposed to just a ‘better’ one. Our solution incorporated elements of a proposed summit, blockchain accelerator, and tailored consulting opportunities. By creating a strong slideshow and preparing well in advance, we were able to pull through,” Douglas said.
Douglas said the team leveraged skills and knowledge learned in their MBA program, specifically citing insights from a Market Strategy course that informed their analysis. He added case competitions are a great asset for students.
“This competition allowed me to practice making presentations in a large public setting which will benefit me in any career going forward,” Douglas said. “Additionally, case competitions are great networking opportunities.”
The competition was hosted by the foundation, in partnership with FedEx Freight and PPG. More than 100 teams from 42 business schools entered the competition, but only four made it through to the Dec. 1 final: Stanford University Graduate School of Business, the Haas School of Business at the University of California Berkeley, George Washington University School of Business, and Carey.