ESADE Business School Students Win Strategy World Cup

May 14, 2010 ESADE Students

Students Edge Out 28 Other Teams at Georgetown McDonough School of Business Case Competition

Washington, D.C. – A team of students from the ESADE Business School in Spain recently took the top prize at the Georgetown University McDonough School of Business Strategy World Cup case competition.

From a field of 29 teams representing 11 universities, finalists from Georgetown University, Duke University, ESADE, New York University, and the University of Maryland were selected to advance to the final round, based on their submissions of a preliminary mini-case.

For the competition, the students made presentations about the effects of policy regarding genetically modified foods on trade in the European Union. It asked them to act as consultants for the European biotech trade association EuropaBio. Their strategic response considered an official position, stakeholder relations, and implementation of the position. The teams had four weeks to prepare their research, analysis, and recommendations.

The students traveled to Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business in April to present their case to a panel of judges comprising senior leaders in business, government, and consulting, as well as an audience of their peers. As the winners, the ESADE team received a $10,000 cash prize.

Sponsored by the Graduate Student Consulting Group at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, the invitation-only competition challenges graduate students from around the world to tackle tough, global challenges in the intersection of business strategy and public policy. All teams consist of two to four students and must include at least one MBA student. Teams are encouraged to include a mix of individuals from business, policy, and other graduate programs as the case requires a broad spectrum of skills, expertise, and experience.

About Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business
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