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Johnson Class of 2015 Spars in Capstone Competition

12/12/2013

More than 60 teams showcased their MBA skills in the Citi Integrative Case Competition


  • The entire first-year MBA class at the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University recently vied for top honors in the 7th annual Citi Integrative Case Competition. The competition serves as a first semester final project and demands student leverage the functional knowledge, leadership skills, decision making ability, and presentation skills they have gained during their first semester of MBA students. More than sixty student teams analyzed a business case, made recommendations, and presented to a panel of finance and strategy faculty, and corporate guests.  

    This year’s winners were:

    First Place (cash prize of $3,000): Dale Beard, Sean Beresini, Brennan Duty, Krasina Koleva, and Rebecca Robinson

    Second Place (cash prize of $1,500): Daniel Castro Johanning, Dakotah Eddy, Brandon Moss, Chelsea Popkin, and Shannon Terry

    Third Place (cash prize of $500): Andrew Alves, Phoebe Andersen, Aman Khan, Daniel Larsen, and Ryan Liu


    The winning teams were announced by Roni Michaely, the Rudd Family Professor of Management and professor of Finance, who selects and writes the case used in the competition.  Professor Michaely and a team of teaching assistants and Johnson Leadership Fellows help to structure the competition, mentor the students, and judge the event each year.

    This year’s case focused on The New York Times Company, one of the largest and most prominent print and multimedia news organizations in the world, and publisher of the largest local metropolitan newspaper, and third largest national paper (behind the Wall Street Journal and USA Today) by circulation in the United States.  Mitch Belitz MBA  ’91, a senior executive at The Times, participated in the judging and debriefing of student teams.  
    “The students clearly worked hard, showed a lot of rigor in their work, demonstrated their creativity and presented their recommendations with confidence,” Belitz said.
    The Integrative Case Competition highlights Johnson's strong partnership with Citi. Derek Van Zandt, lead judge for the Citi team commented during the competition that the event is “just like the real-world,” where professionals conduct a financial and strategic analysis for a client under tight deadlines and with the expectation of sound and expert advice.  
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The winning teams were announced by Roni Michaely, the Rudd Family Professor of Management and professor of Finance, who selects and writes the case used in the competition.  Professor Michaely and a team of teaching assistants and Johnson Leadership Fellows help to structure the competition, mentor the students, and judge the event each year.

This year’s case focused on The New York Times Company, one of the largest and most prominent print and multimedia news organizations in the world, and publisher of the largest local metropolitan newspaper, and third largest national paper (behind the Wall Street Journal and USA Today) by circulation in the United States.  Mitch Belitz MBA  ’91, a senior executive at The Times, participated in the judging and debriefing of student teams. 

“The students clearly worked hard, showed a lot of rigor in their work, demonstrated their creativity and presented their recommendations with confidence,” Belitz said.

The Integrative Case Competition highlights Johnson's strong partnership with Citi. Derek Van Zandt, lead judge for the Citi team commented during the competition that the event is “just like the real-world,” where professionals conduct a financial and strategic analysis for a client under tight deadlines and with the expectation of sound and expert advice.  

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