Marshall case team wins competition in Singapore
A team of four undergraduates from USCâs Marshall School of Business won first place at the National University of Singapore International Case Competition held at the National University of Singapore on Sept. 16, making it Marshallâs second case competition victory in a row.
The team â seniors Emily Dong, Nikunj Mistry and Calvin Tay, and junior Michelle Li â was one of two U.S. teams at the competition. Their opponents came from 11 different schools and seven countries, including South Korea and Thailand.
Members of the team were surprised when they found out that they had won the competition.
âWe were ecstatic,â said Quentin Fleming, professor of management and organization and the teamâs faculty adviser. âIt was one of those moments.â
Dong, a senior majoring in accounting, said the team didnât anticipate the win.
âWe were hoping to place, because we didnât expect first,â Dong said. âIt was a good surprise.â
Mistry, a senior majoring in business administration and economics, said the case competition was particularly difficult because students were only given eight hours â as opposed to 24 to 48 hours in other competitions â to read a 20- to 30-page text about a business problem, analyze it and present their recommendations to a panel of judges.
âIn a lot of case competitions, you know how much time you have and have a chance to prepare before you start the competition, but this time we really had no idea,â Mistry said.
The other U.S. team was Â from UC Berkeley. Thammasat University from Thailand placed second and National University of Singapore placed third.
Fleming said that for USC, this win is particularly significant because it shows that Marshall students have a lot of initiative.
âThey enjoy challenges and really step in and rise to the occasion,â Fleming said.
And this has been happening for a while.
âMarshall has been winning more than our fair share in the last two and a half years,â Fleming said. âWeâve really kicked into high gear.â
This is USCâs second victory at an international case competition since the fall of 2009. Marshall has also consistently done well in other international competitions, Fleming said.
USC regularly holds one of the largest case competitions in Los Angeles every spring. About 30 universities around the world attend and the USC team Â has won that competition.
âI donât think that was really good manners,â Fleming said.