Duquesne Students Take Third Place at International MBA Case Competition

A team of four students from Duquesne University's MBA Sustainable Business Practices program (MBA-SBP) recently won third place in the Aspen Institute's 2018 Business and Society International MBA Case Competition in New York City.

In the final round of competition, Duquesne's team from the Palumbo-Donahue School of Business finished just behind teams from New York University and the University of Denver while edging ahead of teams from George Washington University and Wilfrid Laurier University.

  Representing Duquesne University were:

  • Kelsey Aerni: Strongsville, Ohio
  • Michael Findley: Ligonier, Pa.
  • Patricia Nicholson: Glenshaw, Pa.
  • Joseph Winkler: Glenshaw, Pa.

Students from the MBA-SBP program have participated in the final rounds of the International MBA Case Competition during five of the last six years, including a second-place win in 2017.

As part of the annual competition, student teams from a select group of colleges and universities are given a 72-hour window to address a new and challenging business case. This year's case focused on the luxury resort Marina Bay Sands Singapore. Teams were tasked with identifying detailed, practical and actionable means to decrease the negative environmental impact of the resort through innovative sustainability solutions.

The Aspen Institute describes the International MBA Case Competition as "a singular opportunity for students from 25 business programs worldwide to reflect on the significant influence-and potential for good-that a well-managed business can have in society."

Duquesne University

Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic universities for its award-winning faculty and horizon-expanding education. A campus of nearly 9,500 graduate and undergraduate students, Duquesne prepares students by having them work alongside faculty to discover and reach their goals. The University's academic programs, community service, and commitment to equity and opportunity in the Pittsburgh region have earned national acclaim. 

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