25 Oct 2020 13:25 IST

IIMA secures runners up position at international case competition

The case competition also provided a flavour of social consulting to the students

In a case competition organised by Impetus Consulting Group in Australia, students from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, have secured the position of global runners-up. The competition was organised entirely online, with the support of top consulting firms such as Bain & Co., Deloitte Monitor, and Accenture Strategy.

Nearly a hundred applicants, including students from University of Melbourne, Monash University, RMIT and Deakin University, took part in the competition. A team consisting of second-year PGP and PGP-FABM students from IIM-A, namely Aayush Gupta, Dr Dhairya Shrivastava, Kartik Mittal and NishimaKathuria participated in the competition. The students hailed from diverse backgrounds, including business management, medicine, engineering and agriculture.

The team first progressed to the international heats round, with the top eight teams — becoming the global finalists. The heats round was adjudged by consultants from Monitor Deloitte and Accenture Strategy. In the grand finale, consultants from Bain & Co. judged the top four teams, adjudicating the IIMA team to be the runners-up.

The judges appraised the team saying, “There was huge, huge amounts of analysis done, with a lot of content on the slide.” The case competition was geared towards crafting an expansion strategy for a volunteer tutoring group located in the province of Victoria, Australia. Aayush Gupta, a participant, commented, “The case opened new avenues for us to explore the breadth of consulting with voices from a different region. It was an invigorating experience.”

The case competition also provided a flavour of social consulting to the students. The client for the case competition was a volunteer tutoring group based out of Monash University. The tutors gave free classes to disadvantaged high school students in Melbourne. The team was thrilled to be a part of such a socially conscious project.