Heavener students take third place in international case competition

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – A team of four students from the Heavener School of Business finished in third place in the John Molson Undergraduate Case Competition last week at Concordia University in Montreal.

From left,  Andrew Karay, Christine Delgado, Sharuti Shah and Luis Franco finished in third place in the John Molson Undergraduate Case Competition.

From left, Andrew Karay, Christine Delgado, Sharuti Shah and Luis Franco finished in third place in the John Molson Undergraduate Case Competition.

Heavener’s team of Christine Delgado, Luis Franco, Andrew Karay and Sharuti Shah posted the highest finish among U.S. universities. National University of Singapore won the competition and Queen’s University (Kingston, Ontario) finished second.

The competition’s 24 teams were divided equally into six divisions with each division winner advancing to the finals (Stage 3). Stage 1 of the competition was a round-robin format where teams competed head-to-head against the other teams in their division. In Stage 2, teams’ research abilities were tested. They had 24 hours to prepare a heavily detailed solution for a panel of business executives regarding Elekta, a Swedish-based company that develops state-of-the-art tools and treatment planning systems for radiation therapy, radiosurgery, brachytherapy and other cancer-related treatments. Teams had to outline how Elekta should grow their footprint in the U.S., how the company can unify its internal culture due to the number of acquisitions it has made, and what emerging markets it should focus on. The six division winners moved on to Stage 3 where they presented strategic solutions to the Elekta case to a new panel of business executives.

In Stage 1, the Heavener team posted perfect scores of 9 in two of its three round-robin matches, but was tied with the University of Alberta and led Carleton University (Ottawa, Ontario) by only one point entering Stage 2. The Heavener team clinched a berth in the finals when it was awarded a perfect score of 18 in Stage 2, giving the team 42 out of a maximum 45 points through the first two stages.

“I’m just so proud of this team and what we accomplished,” Karay said. “When they announced we won our division with a perfect score in the 24-hour case and were going to the finals, we were just so ecstatic. It was both a proud and humbling experience to be named third overall in a competition filled with absolutely incredible talent from 12 different countries and five continents.”

The Heavener School of Business will next compete in the Alberta Not-For-Profit Case Competition Feb. 26 to March 1 at the University of Alberta (Canada).