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Best in British Columbia
USC Marshall Undergraduate Case Competition Team wins in British Columbia against Global Business Schools.
March 21, 2016 • by News at Marshall
From left to right: Hank Huang, Terence Choy, Kin Lo (Director, Sauder Summit Global Case Comp.), Nimfa Bemis, Chief Patrick Mitchell (Chief, Kanaka Bar Indian Band), Gillian Chiu, and William Chen.

In another example of how the USC Marshall School of Business emphasizes a global mindset, a Marshall undergraduate case team took first place at the University of British Columbia Sauder School of Business International Case Competition last week.

The team beat out the Sauder School home team, and also APU Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (Japan) and Copenhagen Business School, whose team placed first in all three preliminary rounds and was the favorite entering the finals.

The USC Marshall team also won the People's Choice award.

"Our case competition team grows more impressive every year,” said Michael Coombs, associate professor of clinical management and organization, who coaches and manages the undergraduate case team. "With the support of Sean O’Connell of Marshall Undergraduate Student Services, these students demonstrate sophisticated knowledge of international business standards and have the focus, discipline, and communications skills to pull that together into impressive, case-winning presentations."

The win also guarantees an invitation to the Champions Cup held in Auckland, New Zealand in Jan. 2017.

Students on the British Columbia team were: Terence Choy ’17, William Chen ’16, Hank Huang ’18 and Gillian Chiu ’18.

Back row, L-R: Ashley Melizan (McGill ambassador),
Tina Huang, Kit Qian Front row: L-R: Prof. Hansen,
Christopher Deissler, Udai Chopra

Students who competed the previous week at McGill University in Montreal, Canada were: Tina Huang ’17, Kit Chu ’18, Udai Chopra ’18 and Christopher Deissler ’16.

Integral to the teams’ success were two faculty lecturers, said Coombs. Nimfa Bemis, a lecturer in finance and business economics traveled with and coached the British Columbia team, and Clark Hansen, a lecturer with the Center for Management Communication traveled with and coached the Montreal competitors. “Both were very involved in the preparation of these students,” said Coombs. “We would not have placed as highly without their expertise and time commitment.”

No Rest

The Marshall Case Team will begin preparations for fall 2016 case competitions on Friday, March 25 in HOH 2 at 2 p.m., Coombs said.

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.