University of Southern California

Hewlett Packard Hosts Marshall Global Consulting Challenge
March 28, 2012 • by News at Marshall

Graduate business students from the world’s leading universities convened at the Marshall School of Business in late February for the 10th annual Global Consulting Challenge. The event was sponsored by Hewlett Packard and hosted by the Marshall Consulting & Strategy Club. The competition gave students the opportunity to prepare and present strategic consulting plans to a panel of industry professionals.

The teams were given five weeks to prepare for the competition, culminating in two days of presentations at USC. Marshall took home the award for overall winner in the competition with Copenhagen Business School winning the Industry Award, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology winning the Consulting Award and the University of California Los Angeles winning the Company Award.

“The team took this competition extremely seriously because we were the host school and represented the home team,” said USC Marshall team member Rachel Jiang. “We wanted the recommendation that we came up with to be very practical and something HP could take back and implement.”

This year the teams presented three separate presentations to a panel of judges, testing their abilities to work under pressure on real world consulting challenges. The presentations centered on industry trends, consulting methodology and company challenges. The teams presented to a group of consulting experts and Hewlett Packard executives, who posed tough questions throughout. The Marshall team consisting of Jayson Gasper, Rachel Jiang, Steve Lambert, Ali Mortazavi and Raj Pagare secured the overall win and the award of $5,000.

“We went in knowing that it was a global competition and that teams were traveling from as far as Hong Kong and Denmark and that they would give this competition their all,” Jiang said.

In previous years the Marshall Global Consulting Challenge has been hosted by companies including EA Games, AT&T and Toyota. This year Hewlett Packard sponsored the event bringing, together a global roster of top ranked business schools for the competition from Europe, Asia and North America.

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