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A Global Win
Marshall team competes against 19 elite schools, earning third place
November 17, 2011 • by News at Marshall

For Marshall senior Michelle Li, the trip to Hong Kong for the 9th annual Citi International Case Competition at the HKUST Business School, was somewhat of a homecoming, while the third place victory was like landing a berth at the Rose Bowl.

Competing against 19 elite business schools, Li said the Marshall team’s rigorous preparation paid off, coming in behind first place winner Thailand’s Thammasat University and the University of British Columbia in second place.

Each team was given 26 hours to present a viable solution to a real-world managerial dilemma faced by Hong Kong International Terminals, part of Hutchison Port Holdings, a global network of port and logistic operations. The Marshall team was challenged to help port management craft a plan to expand its cargo capacity, among other issues.

Competing for Marshall were Li, fellow seniors John Gregorchuk and Kevin Li, as well as Alice Zhao (MaCC’12). Assistant Professor of Clinical Management Communication Yolanda Kirk served as the team’s advisor and traveled with them to Hong Kong.

The competition was held from Oct. 31 – Nov. 3, co-organized by Citi Hong Kong with the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology’s School of Business and Management (HKUST Business School). It drew teams from 11 countries, including China, Finland, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Philippines, and Singapore.

Li, co-president of the Marshall case team, is a case competition veteran, having taken first place last year at the National University of Singapore-DBS International Case Competition. “It’s always good to see familiar faces, as I’d met some of these competitors at other competitions, but it’s also a highlight of the trip to meet new people,” she said. “Personally this was about representing Marshall in the best light possible, being professional and friendly. That’s just as important as bringing back hardware.”  

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