April 11, 2014

MBAs, Blue Jackets team up for Fisher Invitational

Fisher College of Business MBA students and peers from 10 visiting business schools are putting their skills and learning into action with the help of the National Hockey League’s Columbus Blue Jackets.

Fisher’s team (from left): Sam Richey, Aspinder Singh, Paul Tobias, Jeff Skiles

"Case competitions like the Fisher Invitational are extraordinary opportunities to apply the tools we’ve learned in the classroom to a real business challenge – not only to come up with an innovative idea, but to present that idea to business professionals as a solution that is real, functional and viable."

- Paul Tobias, MBA/MD Team captain, Fisher College of Business

The 22nd edition of the Fisher Invitational Case Competition, held on the Fisher campus, presents MBA students with the opportunity to analyze a complex business case, identify a challenge and present their recommendations to a panel of judges comprised of company leaders and industry executives.

“The Fisher Invitational offers students the experience of immersing themselves in a live business challenge and receiving direct feedback from leaders in that organization,” said Marc Ankerman, Fisher’s team advisor and a senior lecturer in the Department of Management and Human Resources. “The hours are long and sleep can be limited, but the opportunity to put business skills into action is invaluable.”

The event, which included an opening reception at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, was sponsored by the National Center for the Middle Market for the third straight year. The center, the first of its kind and housed at Fisher, provides thought leadership and resources for organizations with revenue between $10 million and $1 billion, a critical segment of the U.S. economy. The Blue Jackets are one such business in the middle market.

During the invitational, teams have just 24 hours to conduct an analysis of the challenge and produce a compelling presentation. The competition provides MBA students with the opportunity to hone their business skills and network with professionals and fellow competitors. Partnering companies, such as the Blue Jackets, receive exposure to top MBA talent and creative business solutions.

Schools participating in the 2014 Fisher Invitational Case Competition include:

  • The Ohio State University
  • Michigan State University
  • Penn State University
  • Purdue University
  • The University of Illinois
  • The University of Iowa
  • The University of Maryland
  • The University of Minnesota
  • The University of Rochester
  • The University of Wisconsin
  • Washington University in St. Louis