10 Dec 2020 18:58 IST

IIMA students come out tops in international MBA case competition

Aayush Gupta, Dr Dhairya Shrivastava, Kartik Mittal, Raghav Gupta and Siddharth Modi won the international case competition organised by the MBA society of Haskayne School of Business (University of Calgary) and Calgary Economic Development in Alberta, Canada.

The students crafted a strategy to help Calgary city in Canada see green shoots of economic revival

A five-membered students’ team from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, has emerged as the global winners in an international case competition organised by the MBA society of Haskayne School of Business (University of Calgary) and Calgary Economic Development in Alberta, Canada. The team consisted of second-year MBA students from the flagship postgraduate programme, namely Aayush Gupta, Dr Dhairya Shrivastava, Kartik Mittal, Raghav Gupta and Siddharth Modi. The students hailed from diverse backgrounds, including business management, medicine, engineering, and commerce.

The case competition was geared towards crafting a strategy for short and long-term economic recovery of the city of Calgary in Canada, based on small and medium size enterprises in a post-Covid world. The case was provided to the teams with only seven hours of preparation time for the entire case solution. The team tied for the top prize with a team from the Haskayne School of Business.

The judgement panel consisted of personnel from Calgary Economic Development and faculty from Haskayne School of Business, who appraised the team saying, “Their presentation was organised well, and recommendations were backed by solid analysis. The overarching solution of ‘Catapult, Calgary!’ covers solutions not only to tide the current crisis but also provides a path to continue the momentum, post-Covid.”

Dhairya Shrivastava, a member of the team mentioned, “The judges appreciated that we were able to adopt a macro-level and global perspective to the local business challenge.” The team was thrilled to be a part of a prestigious competition where they got to work on a unique situation faced by the city of Calgary in the real-time and make a tangible impact in the direction for growth of the city’s small businesses going forward.