McDonough School of Business Case Team Places Third at First State Department National Competition

June 13, 2005

Cynthia S. Shaw
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McDonough School of Business Case Team Places Third at First State Department National Competition

Washington, D.C. - June 13, 2005 - The Georgetown University McDonough School of Business undergraduate case team placed third out of nine institutions at the invitation-only 2005 U.S. Department of State National Case Study Competition. As one of the finalists of this first-time event, the McDonough School of Business case team joined three other teams at the U.S. Department of State Headquarters in Washington, D.C. on May 24th to compete for the championship.

The Georgetown case team's submission to the National case study competition dealt with managing U.S. Foreign Service staffing requirements in the U.S. Embassy and consulate in Nigeria. Student teams were evaluated according to extensive criteria through two rigorous rounds of judging. Case team members representing the McDonough School of Business included recent graduates Bridget Brennan and Caitlin McDonald, and juniors Charles Lowery and Nathan Horn-Mitchem. Organizers from the State Department congratulated the McDonough School of Business team on their report which "was well organized, creative and well thought out for the case."

Georgetown had an extraordinary showing among a combination of undergraduate and master's programs. Georgetown placed third behind the Ohio State University Master's Program in Labor Relations and the University of Texas at San Antonio Bachelor's Degree in Human Resource Management, winning a $1,000 prize for the school.

The McDonough School of Business case team was part of Professor Karan Powell's MGMT 295 Management and Human Resources class. Ten groups within the class completed the case project and worked with individuals from the State Department as part of their final exam project. Of the ten projects in the class, the top three cases were presented then one was selected to send to the National competition.

Professor Powell expressed great pride in her students' efforts in working as a team to achieve their goals. "The success of our case team is a testament to the high intellectual caliber of the students in the program and their ability to work as a team," Powell said. "They presented themselves with high levels of professionalism throughout the duration of the project."

Student Charles Lowery could not agree more with Professor Powell. "My participation in the competition was by far one of my most rewarding experiences in the program," said Lowery. "My team was given the opportunity to interact with professionals from the State Department in a substantive capacity. The competition helped me to realize the value of a Georgetown education and all of the real-world skills that I have developed while a student in the program."

This was the first year for the 2005 U.S. Department of State National Case Competition. Its success was reflected through the tight competition and involvement of excellent universities. The McDonough School plans to continue to submit applications for future competitions.

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