April 9, 2019 – ANN ARBOR — This spring, Business+Impact partnered with the Aspen Institute to bring the 2019 Business & Society International MBA Case Competition to the University of Michigan. This preeminent program differs from other MBA case study competitions in that its focus is explicitly on environmental, social, and ethical decisions currently being faced by real businesses or organizations. This spring more than 1,000 students from 25 different business schools tackled a brand new case study, authored by the Yale School of Management, at their own college.
The U-M competition took place from Friday, March 29 until Monday, April 1st and was judged the following week. Faculty judges for the campus competition included Ravi Anupindi, Jerry Davis, and Gautam Kaul.
Business+Impact is proud to announce that the U-M campus winner was Team Stubborn Optimists (Vanessa Lynskey – MBA ’19, Cristobal Cevallos – MBA ’19, and Joseph Tulloch – MBA ’19)
The case revolved around the fortunes of the Connecticutt Green Bank, as it considered new innovative initiatives to maintain its financial health and pursue its mission of reducing greenhouse gases within the state. The case, written by Yale School of Management staff, was made possible through the Jane Mendillo and Ralph Earle MBA Fund.
The Stubborn Optimists’ campus-winning proposal will be sent on to the Aspen Institute for Round Two judging during the coming weeks. Should their proposal pass Round Two, they and four other teams will be flown to New York City to present in front of corporate, academic, and other Aspen partners Institute for their share of over $30,000 in scholarship funds. The final round in New York City takes place April 25-26, 2019 at the Yale Club.
More information on the case competition can be found at www.AspenCaseCompetition.org.