MBA students to participate in national case-study competition

Friday, September 7, 2007

A team of UNC Charlotte M.B.A. students will participate in the National Black M.B.A. Association's annual case competition in Orlando, Fla., this weekend.

Jabbar Jackson, Mike Guerin and Nakiya Cohen have been working with Dr. Linda Swayne, chair of the Department of Marketing, to prepare their case presentation.

In the competition, teams are given four weeks to prepare an analysis and presentation of a complex business case. Students present their solutions and defend their analyses before a panel of senior executives, who evaluate the teams on presentation skills, thoroughness, and creativity evident in the analyses. Scholarships totaling $35,000 are awarded to the top three ranking teams. This year's case concerns Chrysler and its changing relationship with the United Auto Workers as it transitions to a privately-held company.

"Participating in national events such as this competition is a great experience for our M.B.A. students," Swayne said. "In addition to building their skills in strategic thinking, teamwork and presentations, the conference also provides outstanding networking opportunities."