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Nov. 6 - Case Competition

Contact: Geof Becker

Tepper School of Business International Case
Competition To Explore Latin American Issues

Prestigious Case Competition Attracts Top Business School Teams to Pittsburgh for $10,000 Prize

PITTSBURGH—Broadening sponsorship of an already prestigious competition, the Operations Management Club at Carnegie Mellon University's Tepper School of Business has joined with the school's Latin American Business Club to host the 11th annual International Case Competition, Nov. 10–11 at the Tepper School.   

Reflecting the partnership, the competition kicks off at 3 p.m., Friday, Nov. 10, with a panel discussion on "Emerging in Latin America: Operational Issues and Challenges Faced by Business." Panelists include Eduardo Wallentin, strategy manager for Latin America and the Caribbean, International Finance Corporation; Daniel Laniado, partner and head of strategy and operations consulting for Mexico and Latin America, Deloitte; Yves Moyen, partner, The Innovation Circle; and Steve Spiller, vice president of integrated supply chain for the sensing and control business, Honeywell.   

Teams from the top business schools annually come to Pittsburgh to challenge for the case competition, whose winners receive a $10,000 award. Second place wins $5,000 and third place takes $2,500. Last year's winners were from the Owen School of Business at Vanderbilt University, Columbia University and the Tepper School.

The competition is a grueling effort — intellectually and physically — as teams receive the case Friday afternoon following the panel discussion and must analyze it and prepare a presentation on their solution by 1 a.m., Saturday. The first round of presentations begins promptly at 8 a.m., Saturday. Finalists are announced following lunch and deliver their presentations directly afterward.   

This year's competition includes teams from Carnegie Mellon (Tepper School of Business); Yale School of Management; the University of North Carolina (Kenan-Flagler Business School); the University of Texas at Austin (McCombs School of Business); Vanderbilt (Owen Graduate School of Management); Columbia University Business School; the University of Virginia (Darden School of Business); Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Sloan School of Management); Northwestern University (Kellogg School of Management); the University of Michigan (Ross School of Business); Purdue (Krannert School of Management); the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton School); and Georgetown (McDonough School of Business).

Corporate sponsors of this year's case competition are Discover, Eaton Corporation, Union Pacific Corporation and Honeywell.