Winners Announced in Robert Day School Case Competition

The winning team in the 4th Annual Robert Day School Case Competition has been named and will split a large cash award. But perhaps more importantly, the students also earned kudos from the panel of six judges for their “insightful analysis” as well as for strong organization and oral presentation skills relating to the topic.

The teamone of 14 that competed on Feb. 24th to win a $5,000 prizeis composed of Andrew Bergman ’14, Monica Cason ’14, Orlan Davies ’13 and Shree Pandya ’14. Together they evaluated a case entitled, “Hitting the Wall: Nike and International Labor Practices.”

According to Brian Dennis, director of administration and programs at the Robert Day School (RDS), the competition, sponsored by The Robert Day School of Economics and Finance at CMC, provides students with an opportunity to work together in a team while evaluating a real-world issue.

“Through hard work and a demonstrated knowledge of issues in business ethics and leadership, this team rose to the top,” Dennis says.

Dennis says that the Nike and International Labor Practices case topic was distributed to each of the teams participating in the competition on Feb. 20th. The students then had four days to prepare an analysis of the case by answering several questions.

On Feb. 24th, each team participated in the first round of the competition in which they had 20 minutes to present their analysis of the case and answer questions from the judges. There were two judges stationed in each of the three classrooms who heard presentations by four or five teams.

Following the first round of the competition, three teams were selected as finalists and gave their analysis of the case to the entire panel of six judges. After the final round was completed, the judges conferred and selected the winning team which was announced during a reception that evening at the California Club that was attended by current Robert Day Scholars, participants in the case competition, CMC alumni, and RDS faculty and staff. The other two teams of finalists each received $500 prizes.

The competition judges included three faculty members (Audrey Bilger, Associate Professor of Literature and Faculty Director of the Center for Writing & Public Discourse; Oana Hirakawa, Assistant Professor of Economics; and Alex Rajczi, the Deborah and Kenneth Novack Associate Professor of Leadership and Ethics), as well as three CMC alumni (Ilona Brunner ’07, Richard Chino ’90 and John Lister ’97).