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Winners of 5th Annual RDS Case Competition Announced

On Friday, April 5th, 14 teams of four CMC students competed for a $5,000 prize that was awarded to the winners of the 5th annual Robert Day School Case Competition. In addition to receiving praise for their thorough analysis of the case, the winners were rewarded for their strong organization and presentation skills.

The winning team consisted of Reid Furubayashi '15, Marguerite Gilles '15, Gavin Landgraf '14, and Julian Mackie '15. Together, these students evaluated a case entitled, “Martha McCaskey,” which portrayed a young professional facing an ethical dilemma in the consulting firm where she worked. Each of the competition's teams were asked to analyze the ethical dilemma while identifying leadership lessons that could be learned from the case.

Winning team member Gavin Landgraf '14 reflected,
"The 2013 RDS case competition was a stellar example of the outside-the-classroom, applied-learning opportunities that come with a CMC education. The whole process, but especially the four-day preparation period, was an opportunity for my team to develop our skills in business and ethical analysis, collaboration, presentation development, and public speaking, and I am confident that we all came out of the competition stronger in each of those categories. As a PPE (Philosophy, Politics, Economics) major who hasn't done a whole lot of the ‘E' yet, I thoroughly enjoyed the ethics-based case, which seemed to be well-suited to students from all majors. Given the college's mission of developing ethical leaders, the 2013 case was particularly appropriate and well-chosen as it required us students to wrestle with serious questions about the ethics of various business practices -- questions that almost all of us will likely face at some point in the workplace."
According to Brian Dennis, director of administration and programs at the Robert Day School (RDS), the competition, sponsored by The Robert Day School of Economics and Finance at CMC, provides students with an opportunity to work together in a team while evaluating a real-world issue.

“By clearly demonstrating a knowledge and understanding of complex ethical issues, the winning team identified the core problems while giving a compelling presentation,” Dennis says.

Dennis says that the Martha McCaskey case topic was distributed to each of the teams participating in the competition on April 1st. The students then had four days to prepare an analysis of the case by answering several questions.

On April 5th, each team participated in the first round of the competition in which they had 20 minutes to present their analysis of the case and answer questions from the judges. There were two judges stationed in each of the three classrooms who heard presentations by four or five teams.

Following the first round of the competition, three teams were selected as finalists and gave their analysis of the case to the entire panel of six judges. After the final round was completed, the judges conferred and selected the winning team which was announced in the Pickford Auditorium. The other two teams of finalists each received $500 prizes.

The competition judges included three faculty and staff members (Oana Hirakawa, Assistant Professor of Economics; Alex Rajczi, the Deborah and Kenneth Novack Associate Professor of Leadership and Ethics; and Neela Rajendra, the Director of Entrepreneurial Initiatives at the Kravis Leadership Institute), as well as three CMC alumni (Meredith Brenholdt '98, Richard Chino '90 and Eric Weber '79).
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