Live Case Challenge
Fisher's 2011 Big Ten MBA Case Competition team
Fisher’s 2011 Big Ten MBA Case Competition team (l to r): Kathryn Ertel, Jesse Longoria, Charles Adams, and Leanne Gluck

Live Case Challenges Graduate Students’ Thinking Skills

Case competitions are part of a portfolio of hands-on, action-based learning opportunities offered by Fisher. The annual Big Ten MBA Case Competition is but one of many opportunities for students to showcase their analytical and presentation skills.

Student teams are given a business challenge and only 24 hours to develop a set of recommendations and present them to a panel of industry judges.

Fortune 19 sponsor company Cardinal Health chose a live business case for the 2011 competition. Unlike traditional cases, live cases give MBA students the chance to potentially influence decision making by providing input on a key issue currently facing the company.

The case question was whether Cardinal Health should launch a consulting offering around operational excellence to its customer base of large hospital systems and doctors’ offices.

Cardinal Health senior leaders serving as judges included an executive from the corporate strategy group, the senior vice president for operational excellence, and the head of the company’s pharmaceutical distribution division.

Case Competition Slideshow

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Faculty Perspective

“The Big Ten MBA Case Competition is a great opportunity for MBA students to apply what they’ve learned in a high pressure setting and get real time feedback from practicing managers who are at the top of their game. It really focuses the students on analyzing business problems quickly in a structured setting.”

Karen Hopper Wruck, Dean’s Distinguished Professor and associate dean for graduate programs

Student Perspective

““With a live case, the teams have the chance to be more creative because the future of the industry or company has not yet been determined.”

Kathryn Ertel, a 2013 MBA and Master of Health Administration candidate

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