U.S. Chamber Foundation Congratulates Georgetown University as the 2018 MBA Case Competition Champion

December 3, 2018

Georgetown, University of Chicago, and University of Iowa Participated in Live Competition

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Following a live competition before a panel of judges, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation announced the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University as the winner of its 2018 MBA Case Competition. The competition challenged three finalist teams of graduate students to analyze the selection process for the location of a new facility and explore the crucial role businesses play in communities.

“The work these three teams exhibited was exceptional, and we congratulate the students from Georgetown on their impressive solution to a complicated case, and one that is very relevant today,” said Suzanne Clark, Senior Executive Vice President of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. “Through their strong leadership and positive visions, these students have demonstrated how business can be a powerful force for good, continuing to create jobs and opportunities in communities around the world.”

Three MBA students from the McDonough School of Business, Adam Bender, Mary Kleva, and Jason Hitch, presented the winning solution to a case involving the location selection for a second headquarters for a fictitious company that manufactures agricultural equipment. Keisuke Adachi, the fourth member of Georgetown’s team, participated in the competition but was not present for the event. Full video of the team’s presentation is available here.

In addition to the McDonough School of Business, the 2018 finalists were the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business and the University of Iowa’s Tippie College of Business. These finalists were selected from 74 teams from 41 business schools across the United States. Each of the finalist teams was presented with a monetary prize.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation launched the MBA Case Competition in 2016 in an effort to highlight future business leaders and give business students nationwide an opportunity to examine important issues facing the business community. This year’s case required the students to examine and present the benefits a business brings to a community.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s 2018 MBA Case Competition is held in partnership with FedEx Freight. Jeff Greer, Senior Vice President of Human Resources for FedEx Freight, delivered the keynote address at the event.

“Congratulations to the McDonough School of Business for winning this year’s case competition, and thanks to all participants for their diligent and innovative work,” said Greer. “Congratulations as well to the U.S. Chamber Foundation for another successful competition and the work they continue to do advocating for business education. FedEx Freight is proud to support this initiative and promote opportunities for business students.”

Suzanne Clark, Senior Executive Vice President, U.S. Chamber of Commerce; Paul Argenti, Professor of Corporate Communication, Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth; and Lance Moll, Senior Vice President of Operations, FedEx Freight, were the judges for this year’s competition.

This is the third annual MBA Case Competition. Winners of the past MBA Case Competitions are the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School (2017) and the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland (2016).