February 20, 2012

Drucker MBA students invited to participate in Aspen Institute’s Case Competition

MBA students from Claremont Graduate University’s Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management have been invited to compete against students from two dozen other leading business schools for recognition and $40,000 in prize money by exploring the significant and positive influence that well-managed business can have on society.
The Aspen Institute’s 2012 Business & Society International MBA Case Competition inspires future business leaders to innovate at the intersection of corporate profitability and positive environmental and social impact.

Student teams will have 72 hours to analyze and respond to a new business and society-focused case study authored by the Yale School of Management. On-campus competitions will determine first place campus winners, whose work will be reviewed by academic judges to determine five finalist teams. Finalists will be flown to New York City, where they will present to a panel of corporate judges and join an invitation-only reception hosted by the Aspen Institute.

All finalist teams will receive prize money, with the first place team receiving $20,000 and $1,000 to donate to a charity of their choice.

At CGU, students are responsible for organizing their own four person teams of MBA students. The on-campus portion of the contest will begin on March 23. Interested students can contact Melinda Moers Harriman, director of student life at the Drucker School. Melinda.Moers@cgu.edu.

Corporate sponsors and judges for the 2012 competition will be announced soon. Judges in 2011 included senior representatives from NBCUniversal, Levi Strauss & Co., Deutsche Bank, Pearson Foundation, Humana, and Bertelsmann, as well as faculty representatives from Yale’s School of Management and the College of Management at the University of Massachusetts Boston.

Last year’s competition introduced a new case study produced by the Yale School of Management that asked students to take on the role of consultants advising Trina Solar, a China-based company, on expanding its presence responsibly within the United States.

The 25 participating schools for the 2012 competition are:

• Audencia Nantes, School of Management (France)
• Baruch – CUNY, Zicklin School of Business
• Bentley University, McCallum Graduate School of Business
• Case Western Reserve University, The Weatherhead School of Management
• Claremont Graduate University, Peter F. Drucker & Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management
• Curtin University, Curtin Graduate School of Business (Australia)
• Dalhousie University, School of Business Administration (Canada)
• Duquesne University, Donahue Graduate School of Business
• ESADE Business School (Spain)
• Griffith Business School (Australia)
• IE Business School (Spain)
• Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Administración – IESA (Venezuela)
• Lamar University, College of Business
• New York University, Leonard N. Stern School of Business
• Temple University, Fox School of Business
• Texas Christian University, Neeley School of Business
• University of Alberta, Alberta School of Business (Canada)
• University of Denver, Daniels College of Business
• University of Jyväskylä, School of Business and Economics (Finland)
• University of Massachusetts Amherst, Isenberg School of Management
• University of Notre Dame, Mendoza College of Business
• University of Wyoming, College of Business
• Villanova University, Villanova School of Business
• Wilfrid Laurier University, School of Business and Economics (Canada)
• York University, Schulich School of Business (Canada)