Business competitions bring undergrads from around the world to Fisher

Fisher hosted two major business competitions, Biz Quiz and the CIBER Case Challenge, which collectively brought 30 teams of undergraduates from business schools from across the nation, Canada, Mexico and Europe.

Teams of undergraduate business students from across the country tested their knowledge of significant business news in a fast-paced quiz show the Nationwide-Fisher Biz Quiz National Challenge on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 26-27. The final round took place in front of television cameras at the WOSU studios at the Center of Science and Industry.

Sponsored by Nationwide’s Financial Leadership Rotation Program, Fisher and The Wall Street Journal, 18 business schools from the Big Ten, the universities of Texas, Florida, Southern California and New York University were among those competing.

Emory University’s Goizuetta Business School took first-place honors, Fisher finished in second place, and University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business finished third.

The Fisher team consisted of Nate Palmer, Ryan Watson and Jon Stroh, and was advised by Nancy Lahmers, Honors Cohort program coordinator.

Also on the Fisher campus, business undergraduates from schools as far away as France and Italy joined students from universities in Canada, Mexico and the United States to compete in the 2007 Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) Case Challenge from Oct. 23 to 27.

For the second year in a row, the first place crystal trophy was awarded to Brigham Young University. Second place winner was Audencia Ecole de Management, Nantes, France, and third place went to the University of Texas at Austin.

The challenge, in its fourth year, invited honorary judges to join business executives in evaluating the competing teams. A group of high school seniors from Columbus’ Academic Acceleration Academy served as honorary judges during the first round. The high school students selected three teams to advance to the final round and submitted their recommendations to the official judges.

The case, from event sponsor Valeant Pharmaceuticals, was written by second-year MBA students Srikrishna Srikrishna and Jamie Levine and directed by Professor Steve Hills.

“The firm provided unparalleled access to senior executives in the U.S. and Europe for the development of the case,” said Melissa Torres, director of the International Program Office and CIBER.

Support for the competition was also provided by Honda, Graphic Awards, Domino’s Pizza and Coca-Cola.