Georgetown's McDonough School of Business Team Places Second in Booz Allen Hamilton Case Competition
Students Lynn Sha, Patrick Florit, Brandon Alexander, and Raja Das
Georgetown University students placed second in the final round of the Booz Allen Hamilton 2009 Case Competition in McLean, VA, on February 27. Students were asked to develop recommendations for improving the reviewer selection and proposal review process for the Grants Agency, a fictitious federal agency whose mission includes providing research grants. Teams had to perform a high-level case analysis and develop an implementation plan, a change management plan, and measures of success.
The team of four included Raja Das (MBA Full-Time program), Brandon Alexander (MBA Evening Program), Patrick Florit (MBA Evening Program), and Lynn Sha (Master in Public Policy). "One of the advantages to this competition was being able to work with people I'd normally not work with," said Das. "The differences in our backgrounds helped our team perform well."
The case competition gave students insight into consulting by applying their problem-solving skills to a real-life situation. "I wanted to experience all that Georgetown's McDonough School of Business has to offer," said Alexander. "The competition was a chance to assess what I have learned so far." Added Florit, "This was a great opportunity to see what a Booz Allen employee does, learn about an interesting case, and meet people who were very energetic and engaged in the competition."
To advance to the final round, the team prevailed over five other Georgetown teams February 20 in the Car Barn. For the final round, Georgetown's Team 6 competed against students from: Howard University, The University of Maryland, College Park, and the Management Leadership for Tomorrow organization.
The team members affirm that their studies at Georgetown's McDonough School of Business provided a sound foundation for participating in the case competition. "Our strongest point, according to the feedback we received from the judges, was that we were confident and our answers to the judges' questions were prepared," said Das.