Johns Hopkins Wins Top Prize for 2017 U.S. Chamber Foundation MBA Case Competition

December 4, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Graduate students from the Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School are the winners of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s second annual MBA Case Competition, a competition that challenged students to take on an urgent problem facing business today.

More than 100 teams from 42 business schools across the country responded to the U.S. Chamber Foundation’s call to examine the public perception of business and recommend ways to reinforce the message that business plays a crucial role in society. The Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School team was one of four teams selected to present its solution at a final competition in Washington, D.C. The other three finalists represented the George Washington University School of Business, Stanford University Graduate School of Business, and University of California Berkeley Haas School of Business.

The team from the Carey Business School impressed the judges with an insightful proposal to create platforms and tools to move all businesses toward greater visibility of social impact and corporate accountability in order to empower sustainable change. Its members include Chirag Potdar of Pune, India; Ryan Douglas of Miami, FL; Nariman Ziaee of Tehran, Iran; and Marcus Tan of Singapore.

“Businesses do noble things every day by creating good jobs, opportunity, and stronger communities. But it’s no secret that the reputation of the business community has declined in recent years,” said Suzanne Clark, senior executive vice president for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. “Thank you to the 2017 MBA Case Competition finalists for your leadership in demonstrating how business and free enterprise are powerful forces for good. You and your MBA peers have a critical job to do throughout your careers—and that is to spread your positive vision of corporate leadership.”

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s 2017 MBA Case Competition is held in partnership with FedEx Freight. The competition aims to empower future business leaders and to highlight how businesses play a positive, critical role in communities around the world.

The judges for this year’s competition were: Suzanne Clark; Robert Rhea, senior vice president and general counsel for FedEx Freight; Jeff Greer, senior vice president of human resources for FedEx Freight; and Paul Argenti, professor of corporate communication at The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation is dedicated to strengthening America’s long-term competitiveness. We educate the public on the conditions necessary for business and communities to thrive, how business positively impacts communities, and emerging issues and creative solutions that will shape the future.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.