Every winter, The Fisher College of Business holds an Internal Case Competition for the 1st Year MBAs. It is a typical case competition for the most part. Students form teams of four (typically between half and three-quarters of a graduating class participates, or between 60 and 100 students). Students arrive on campus early Friday morning and are given a case, or a 10 to 20 page document describing a business, its current industry conditions and a decision faced by management.
It's hard to believe we're already into our second month of school! Sometimes I wonder why I even bothered to bring my TV to my new house because I haven't turned it on once since I moved in at the beginning of August. The FTMBA program is definitely time consuming, but it is completely worth it. However, I'm very much looking forward to the fact that we only have class on Friday for two more weeks! There are so many great things to get involved in at Fisher, and we've already had some awesome events.
This weekend Fisher College of Business and Whirlpool hosted the first MLHR internal Case Competition. The event began at 8am on Friday and ended at 4pm on Saturday- and we all needed the remainder of the weekend to recover from it. Not for the faint of heart, a case competition provides teams with approximately 22 hours to come up with recommendations about how to solve a current business issue. My team went into the competition with a plan for staying on track- here's what it looked like:
Now that all of the excitement is over, I thought it would be a good time to write a post about the first ever MLHR Case Competition. Not just the first ever at Fisher, but to my knowledge, the first grad HR competition ever, anywhere. Case Competitions are common in business schools, but they are usually for MBA students. One thing that the faculty here at Fisher as been telling us from day one is that it is critical for us as HR students to develop our business acumen.
This year GHRA (including Eva Verghese (president of GHRA) and some of the MLHR faculty) worked really hard to put together the first MLHR Case Competition at Fisher. For our first year, there were eight AMAZING teams who were all trying to solve a "real-life" HR issue for Whirlpool. I was really worried about trying to solve a real-world HR issue as a first year because we haven't had that many classes specifically for HR, yet.