MBA Students Place Second at Krannert Case Competition

February 16, 2009 krannert-case-competitors

Four Georgetown University McDonough School of Business MBA students placed second in the First Annual Human Capital Case Competition at Perdue University's Krannert School of Management January 30. The team was composed of students Dan Berger, Sung Jun Cho, Lin Qing, and Vidian Tolka. The task was to design a performance management system for a large chemical company. The other schools to place in the competition included Purdue in first place and Hult International School of Business in third. Each student on the Georgetown team won $1,000 for placing second, totaling $4,000.

Berger, a first-year student, credited Professor Brooks Holtom with inspiring them to compete. "He took the time to compete with us and made us realize how important human capital issues are to an organization," Berger said. "We worked hard, partly because we didn't know how to gauge the competition. Many participants were second years, with human capital experience from industry," he commented. To solve the case, he said, "We took a holistic approach." Qing, a first-year MBA student with a background in human resource manangement, said, "The 100 percent commitment of everyone made our winning possible. Even before knowing the final result, I felt I got what I expected from the whole competition, learning from everyone on the team."