Waikato case a win­ner

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

Waikato Univer­sity now boasts the best busi­ness case com­pe­ti­tion team in New Zealand and quite pos­si­bly the world.

At an in­ter­na­tional SDS busi­ness case com­pe­ti­tion in Queenstown last week, the Waikato team of for­mer Mata­mata Col­lege stu­dent Isabelle Ather­ton, Stu­art Bar­rass, Jamie Car­son and Greg John­ston beat teams from Otago, Auck­land, Vic­to­ria, AUT and Can­ter­bury uni­ver­si­ties, and six more teams from Aus­tralia, Canada, Sin­ga­pore and China.

Teams were given a busi­ness case and had five hours to de­velop a strategy that they then had to present to judges and re­spond to 10 min­utes of ques­tions by the judg­ing panel.

As they pre­pared, teams weren’t al­lowed to use the in­ter­net or con­tact any­one out­side the room. The first case was for the Otago Rac­ing Club.

Isabelle said they had ex­pected the lo­cals to win that one.

‘‘But we won it, and then we had Tatua Co-op­er­a­tive Dairy Com­pany for our se­cond case. We won that round as well and ended up be­ing the only team with max­i­mum points, which put us into the fi­nal against Otago, Auck­land and Al­berta (Canada).

Isabelle is com­plet­ing her bach­e­lor of man­age­ment stud­ies (Hons) in mar­ket­ing and in­ter­na­tional man­age­ment at Waikato Man­age­ment School and said the Waikato team, hand-picked from pre­vi­ous com­pe­ti­tions at Waikato and around New Zealand, worked well to­gether be­cause they all brought dif­fer­ent skills to the team and had de­fined roles go­ing into the com­pe­ti­tion.

‘‘ We’re all fourth- year man­age­ment stu­dents do­ing hon­ours, but we’re do­ing dif­fer­ent ma­jors, or have dif­fer­ent strengths that com­ple­ment each other. Stu­art’s amaz­ing with num­bers, for in­stance; he was so valu­able. There’s no way you can win this kind of com­pe­ti­tion without in­cred­i­ble team-work; I reckon our great dy­nam­ics were a sure fac­tor of our suc­cess.’’

As­so­ciate Pro­fes­sor Kathryn Pavlovich from the Depart­ment of Strategy and Hu­man Re­source Man­age­ment trav­elled to Queenstown with the team and says the Waikato stu­dents were out­stand­ing.

For the first time in the com­pe­ti­tion’s his­tory, the same team won the over­all com­pe­ti­tion and the Spirit Cup, which is a fun com­pe­ti­tion that runs along­side the main event.

Photo: SUP­PLIED

Global suc­cess: In­ter­na­tional case com­pe­ti­tion win­ners Greg John­ston, Isabelle Ather­ton, Jamie Car­son and Stu­art Bar­rass.

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