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MBA Students Win Fisher Invitational Case Competition

The 2012 Tippie MBA team of Kandis Meinders, Annie Leonhart, Ben Sparks, and Adam Plagge took first place at the 20th annual Fisher Invitational (formerly the Big Ten Case competition).

"This is the first time in the competition's history that Iowa has taken home the top prize," says Mikhail Grachev, adjunct professor of management and organizations and the team’s coach. "How did they do it? I think the unique combination of knowledge, creativity, teamwork, and Iowa's winning spirit. I have no doubt our students can sustain this success in the future."

Plagge won Best Q&A, and Leonhart won Best Presenter (morning session) and Best Q&A in the finals round. The students were also coached by Mark Winkler, business director of the MBA Marketing Career Academy; and Jon Garfinkel, associate professor of finance and faculty director of the MBA Finance Career Academy.

"It was incredibly gratifying to work with such a dedicated coaching staff and talented team to successfully implement the skills we've learned this year," Plagge says. "Winning the Fisher Invitational has been a high point in an enlightening first year as a student in the program."

Each spring, MBA students in the Fisher Invitational (formerly the Big Ten Case Competition) meet to analyze a complex business case and recommend a course of action. The case typically requires knowledge of accounting, finance, marketing, operations, strategy, and/or supply chain. The teams must identify the company's challenge and present their recommendations to a panel of regional, national, and international industry and academic experts.

The other Big Ten schools participating this year were the Carlson School of Management (University of Minnesota), Eli Broad Graduate School of Management (Michigan State University), Fisher College of Business (The Ohio State University), Illinois MBA (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Kelley School of Business (Indiana University), Kellogg School of Management (Northwestern University), Krannert School of Management (Purdue University), Ross School of Business (University of Michigan), Smeal College of Business (Penn State University), and the Wisconsin School of Business (University of Wisconsin).

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