Professor Eric Larson (left) coached the winning Rutgers team: Phillip Derrick, Crystal Bumhira, Kanika Jain and Kevin Hsu.

MBA students win Ten Plus Supply Chain Challenge

Rutgers Business School hosted the third annual Rutgers Ten Plus Supply Chain Case Dual Challenge on March 31. The event included seven undergraduate and five graduate teams. The participants represented Big Ten universities, including Indiana, Penn State, and Rutgers. In addition, other leading universities participating were Arizona State, Iowa State, Northeastern, Pittsburgh, Rider, Stevens, and Syracuse. 

The event brings together teams from Big Ten schools and other universities to participate in a competitive supply chain case challenge. The competition was held March 31 - April 1, 2016 in New Brunswick and included parallel events for graduate and undergraduate teams. 

Case competitions allow students to test and demonstrate their business acumen and their ability to lead teams, creatively solve business needs, and present innovative ideas to industry leaders.

In the undergraduate competition, Iowa State took first place and Northeastern came in second. 

In the graduate competition, the Rutgers team of Philip Derrick, Crystal N. Bumhira, Kanika Jain and Kevin Hsu, coached by Professor Eric Larson earned first place. Pittsburgh finished in second place.

This event would not have been possible without the generous support from Rutgers Business School’s Center for Supply Chain Management board member companies. Additionally, Johnson & Johnson hosted the awards dinner at their excellent headquarter facilities thanks to Jill Lavitsky and Len DeCandia from Johnson & Johnson. 

The judges for this event represented a wide range of companies including Dell, UPS, Panasonic, Becton-Dickinson, Teva, and Coca Cola, among others.

Professors Rudi Leuschner and Thomas York led a high-impact effort with generous support from MBA Executive Director Sharon Lydon, professors Jim King, John Impellizzeri and Eric Larson. 

Fundamentally necessary for such competitions is the case that the teams analyze. Leuschner and Larson wrote the case on supply chain finance which received rave reviews from the students and judges.

-Sean Ireland

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