Left to right: Matthew Trotter, Jad Batlouni, Hrag Bedoyan, Dania Jabal, Maya Bekhazi and Hagop Panossian
A team of undergraduate students from the Suliman S. Olayan School of Business (OSB) came in second at the 2017 HSBC/HKU Asia Pacific Business Case Competition, hosted by the Asia Case Research Center (ACRC) of Hong Kong University, Hong Kong on June 9.
The OSB fearless foursome Maya Bekhazi, Hrag Bedoyan, Dania Jabal and Jad Batlouni competed with 24 business schools from 22 countries, placing among the top schools early in the competition. “It was amazing to witness the progress our students made during four months of training. We are thrilled to be recognized at the international level and eager to build on this success," said management and strategy instructor Hagop Panossian, who trained the team along with graduate student Matthew Trotter.
The three-day international case competition challenged teams to develop solutions to real business case scenarios. With no Internet access, each student team had a brief 20 minutes to present their casework to a panel of judges.
Team member Hrag Bedoyan was thrilled about the results and commented, “The experience was as close as it gets to experiencing a real life simulation of solving realistic life problems in multinational corporations. This experience was the best in my life by far, and I sincerely recommend any undergraduate student to join this competition."
Along with earning second place, the OSB team won a monetary prize of $5,000. “This placement is a wonderful showing by our students. We are so proud at OSB to see our case competition program meeting with such great success already at the undergraduate level," OSB Dean Steve Harvey said. “These experiential forms of learning are a priceless part of what a business school experience should offer."
International business case competitions are not new to OSB students. In January, a team of graduate students reached the semifinals and won top honors at the 36th MBA International Case Competition (ICC) in Canada.