WBS Case Study Challenge Finalists announced

15 April 2015

The eight teams set to compete for a £4,200 prize fund in the third Warwick Business School Case Study Challenge have now been announced.

Applications from over 30 teams from a wide range of international business schools were received, but the teams selected to compete at the event at WBS London on April 24 are:

 Judge 'Cambridge Health innovators' (Cambridge, UK), ESADE 'Genome' (Spain), Manchester 'Raptors' (UK), Rotterdam 'Raptors' and Rotterdam 'Excelsior' (The Netherlands), Bocconi 'SDA Associates' (Italy), CASS 'City Knights' (UK) and Warwick 'Free thinkers' (UK).

WBS London is on the 17th floor of The Shard and will be used for the first time to provide the stage on which the student teams will compete.

The winners will win £4,200 and teams from across Europe will endeavour to succeed SAID Business School to become the 2015 WBS Case Study Challenge Champions.

WBS Dean Mark Taylor said: “The University of Warwick has a great history of being entrepreneurial and a world innovator, and moving the competition to The Shard continues that spirit of enterprise and ambition to do things differently.”

Healthcare remains one of the highest industry recruiters for MBAs and provides the unique backdrop to the WBS Case Study Challenge.

Healthcare continues to face major challenges in the UK and together with primary sponsors, GE Healthcare and GE Healthcare Finnamore, this year’s competition will be looking into issues facing hospital accident and emergency departments.

WBS Case Study Challenge board 2015
Making a case: This year's Case Study Challenge board (l to r): Shaurya Mehta, Garima Rajlakshmi, Stuart Turvey, Cecilia Cordova Ramos, Haris Ahmed, Sue Thorn (WBS Careers Plus Director),Karishma Frank, Yukio Takahashi, Tsu-hsin Liu and Richard Inman.


The challenge will be researched and written by expert case writers Stocker Partnership Ltd and the judging panel will be made up of managers from GE plus other industry experts.

Mark Ebbens, competition judge and Senior Partner, GE Healthcare Finnamore, said: “At GE, leaders inspire others to be their best. This is the foundation of our commitment to leadership development, and underpins our ranking as #1 in the world for leaders. We believe that, as one person grows and improves, we all can grow and improve.

“We are honoured to be supporting the Warwick Business School Case Study Competition as part of our dedication to fostering emerging talent.

“This is a chance to see how today’s brightest minds conceive of a better future scenario for today’s challenged Emergency Departments, and to explore with them ideas for embedding high performance and continuous improvement whilst managing operational performance day to day.

“Innovation, improvement, and positive change are the goal, and we look forward to working with participating teams to explore the role of committed leadership and visionary business approaches in inventing new scenarios in which the Emergency Department of tomorrow works better.”

MBA student Richard Inman, chair of this year’s event, added: “As you can see from the shortlist, the calibre of competition promises to showcase a fantastic and diverse array of talent.

“This year’s challenge focuses on a pressing healthcare issue that requires innovative, creative and practical solutions. It’s a tall order; which is why we’re inviting the sharpest minds from top business schools to compete.

“The aim is to provide the highest test for students to engage with the operational and economic challenges in an environment where success can literally mean the difference between life and death.”

The event is a student led competition comprising a board of nine team members with the assistance of Sue Thorn, WBS Careers Plus Director and Jennifer Young, WBS Careers Plus and Corporate Relations Relationship Manager.

For more information visit the case competition website here: https://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/wbs/casechallenge/about/

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