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World's Largest Case Competition Opens this Week at USC Marshall
MICC Draws 30 Top-Ranked Schools from U.S. and Abroad
February 17, 2009 • by Evy Jacobson

The USC Marshall School of Business hosts the world’s largest case competition beginning today as student teams from 30 top schools on four continents take on challenging real-world problems facing major companies.

"The Marshall International Case Competition represents our school's focus on teaching students to understand how globalization impacts business," said James G. Ellis, USC Marshall's dean. "We bring together the world's best and brightest undergraduates and challenge them to come up with solutions to very real issues facing the corporate world today. The students get great experience and an opportunity to network across the globe."

Sponsors of the competition, now in its tenth year, include Nestle, ExxonMobil, Philip Morris, Eli Lilly and Southern California Edison. The competition will kick off with an opening reception and dinner tonight in downtown Los Angeles. Students will begin work on their cases on Friday morning, and make presentations to a panel of judges throughout the morning of Saturday, Feb. 21 before a concluding awards dinner that night.

The competition will be based at the University of Southern California campus in Los Angeles, and also will include a visit to the J. Paul Getty Museum, dinner at Universal City Walk, a scavenger hunt in the Santa Monica / Venice area and a Los Angeles Clippers basketball game.

Sixteen international schools are taking part in the competition including: Concordia University, University of British Columbia and McGill University (Canada); National University of Singapore and Singapore Management University (Singapore); Copenhagen Business School (Denmark); Hong Kong Chinese University of Hong Kong and University of Science and Technology (Hong Kong); Chulalongkorn University (Thailand); Manchester Business School (England); Korea University (Korea); Peking University (China); University College Dublin (Ireland); Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi (Italy); University of Auckland (New Zealand); and University of Melbourne (Australia).

U.S. schools taking part in the competition, besides USC Marshall, include: Babson College, Carnegie Mellon University, Georgetown University, Indiana University, The Ohio State University, Pennsylvania State University, University of California - Berkeley, University of Florida, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Minnesota, University of North Carolina, University of Pennsylvania, and University of Texas - Austin.

About the USC Marshall School of Business
Consistently ranked among the nation's premier schools, USC Marshall is internationally recognized for its emphasis on entrepreneurship and innovation, social responsibility and path-breaking research. Located in the heart of Los Angeles, one of the world's leading business centers and the U.S. gateway to the Pacific Rim, Marshall offers its 5,700-plus undergraduate and graduate students a unique world view and impressive global experiential opportunities. With an alumni community spanning 123 countries, USC Marshall students join a worldwide community of thought leaders who are redefining the way business works.