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Ross Team Triumphs at 2010 National MBA Human Capital Case Competition

11/10/2010 --

Students deliver winning solution that links talent to strategic business outcomes.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — A team of six Ross students recently captured first place at the 2010 National MBA Human Capital Case Competition, sponsored by Deloitte and GE. The fourth annual event, hosted by Vanderbilt University's Owen Graduate School of Management, included teams from 10 of the top graduate schools across the country competing to model, address, and resolve real-world human capital challenges.

The Ross team comprised (from left) Emmy Gladney, MBA '11; Kate Schrinsky, MBA '12; Stephanie Charette, MBA '11; Nick Danoff, MBA '12; April LaCroix, MBA/MS '12; and Michelle Lin, MBA/MS '12.

MBA teams from Cornell University's Johnson School of Management and School of Industrial Labor Relations, and Boston College's Carroll School of Management, earned second and third place, respectively.

"This event has become more challenging and competitive over the past four years, and each year we aim to provide an engaging and rewarding experience that will enrich students' preparation for their future careers," said Garth Andrus, a principal with Deloitte Consulting LLP. "Faced with a complex case study under intense time constraints, this year's students demonstrated incredible enthusiasm, dedication, and precision. In today's highly competitive environment, where human capital struggles monopolize the corporate agenda, these students proved they could meet the demand for cutting-edge solutions that link talent strategies to the business and are, therefore, vital for corporate growth and sustainability."

Teams had 10 days to analyze the business issue at the core of the competition. The case centered around how the HR function at a global media conglomerate could achieve a strategic fit between corporate culture and talent management, and more effectively align its corporate HR strategy with the firm's overall business strategy. The case included complex human capital challenges, such as competitive marketplace conditions, internal structural challenges and divisions, and cross-divisional management and development restraints. Students presented their solutions to a panel of judges from Deloitte Consulting, GE Energy, and GE Home and Business Solutions.

"Actively identifying and developing the next generation of leaders is core to a company's success and central to the way GE operates," said Nancy Abbott, GE's executive sponsor for the competition and a human resources leader at GE Capital. "The competitors impressed us with their creativity, their ability to work under pressure, and their grasp of the importance of a strong human capital strategy."

Other schools represented in the finals included Kellogg School of Management (Northwestern University), Kenan-Flagler Business School (University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill), Owen Graduate School of Management (Vanderbilt University), UCLA Anderson School of Management (UCLA), Goizueta Business School (Emory University), the Marriott School of Business (Brigham Young University), and Yale School of Management.

For more information, contact:
Deborah Holdship, (734) 647-4626, holdship@umich.edu