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Business students take first place at Global Supply Chain Management Conference case competition

Operations/supply chain management students in the UT College of Business and Innovation won the undergraduate student case competition in front of a panel of international judges at the Sixth Global Supply Chain Management Conference.

Operations/supply chain management students, from left, Essa Almazni, Jingwen Zhang, Riheng Cao and Austin Petroff won the undergraduate student case competition in front of a panel of international judges at the Global Supply Chain Management Conference.

Operations/supply chain management students, from left, Essa Almazni, Jingwen Zhang, Riheng Cao and Austin Petroff won the undergraduate student case competition in front of a panel of international judges at the Global Supply Chain Management Conference.

Teams from six universities, including the University of Evansville, Western Michigan University and Rowan University, registered for the competition, with four teams selected to present their case analyses at the conference, which was held Sept. 26-28 in Detroit.

The case analysis was entirely the responsibility of the students, with no input from faculty.

The contest was judged by an international panel of faculty members representing The University of Tokyo, IE Business School in Madrid, Spain, and Old Dominion University and Western Carolina University of the United States.

In their evaluations, panel members considered multiple criteria, including the written case analysis, presentation, and questions and answers.

The UT team of Austin Petroff, Riheng Cao, Essa Almazni and Jingwen Zhang won the competition, with judges praising the team’s work spirit and presentation.

During the competition, students also had the opportunity to participate in panel discussions on automotive and health-care industry issues, sessions on research in supply chain management, workshops, and a health-care facility tour.

The Global Supply Chain Management Conference was co-organized by The University of Toledo and Michigan State University. The affiliation of the teams was not released to the judges until the final decision was announced.

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