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Education beyond the classroom

l-r Jacob McCourt, Jordan Neposlan, Sahithya Veeraraghavan, Brandon Lalonde

Education beyond the classroom

Four students from the Odette 14-month MBA program competed at the 38th Annual John Molson MBA International Case Competition in Montreal.

Brandon Lalonde, Jacob McCourt, Jordan Neposlan and Sahithya Veeraraghavan represented the Odette School of Business and the University of Windsor at this international case competition. The competition saw 36 teams from 20 different countries compete. Throughout the week, the team was sequestered in a room for three hours with a complex business strategy case to breakdown. During that three hour block, the team had to come to a consensus, build a 25-minute presentation from scratch and present their analysis, proposed solution and implementation plan to five members of the Montreal business community. All with no internet access! This year's theme of "Disruption" saw the team take on complex cases involving the Indian Furniture eCommerce and Global Construction Technology markets, for instance.

This team, compromised of module two MBAs, were placed in the toughest pool in the competition (the pool was comprised of the champions from the last three years). Despite this, the team ended in fourth place in their pool with 2 solid wins. The team defeated the American University of Beirut, Olayan School of Business, Brock University and Goodman School of Business. Two teams out of six of the semifinal team were from Odette's pool including the eventual winner of this year's competition, Nanyang School of Business.

Jacob McCourt, a class of 2020 MBA student shared his take on the week: "it was a great experience. During the course of the six-day gauntlet, we took on a series of tough business cases and rubbed shoulders with MBA students from 20 different countries. This all while being judged by executives from a myriad of different industries. Take it from me, if you're an incoming MBA student at the Odette School of Business, try out for the 2020 competition. You won't regret it."

The next iteration of the competition will take place in January 2020.