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Smeal Team Wins Rutgers Supply Chain Case Competition

A team of MBA students from the Penn State Smeal College of Business bested teams from seven leading business schools to take home first place in the Supply Chain Management Case Competition at Rutgers Business School, held March 30 in Piscataway, N.J.
April 10, 2012
Smeal Team Wins Rutgers Supply Chain Case Competition

Smeal's team of Yujia Wang, Raghavan Parthasarathy, Mehul Pathak, and Rashmi Sharma with faculty adviser Terry Harrison (second from left).

A team of MBA students from the Penn State Smeal College of Business bested teams from seven leading business schools to take home first place in the Supply Chain Management Case Competition at Rutgers Business School, held March 30 in Piscataway, N.J.

Smeal's team of Mehul Pathak, Raghavan Parthasarathy, Rashmi Sharma, and Yujia Wang beat out teams from Lehigh University, the University of Maryland, the New Jersey Institute of Technology, Rider University, Rutgers University, and Syracuse University.

The competition consisted of one round of presentations on a case surrounding the supply chain issues behind the current energy crisis facing Pakistan. According to Parthasarathy, his team approached the case in a balanced manner, considering financial, risk management, strategic, and supply chain angles as well as implementation issues.

"This approach, combined with the presentations skills that we honed in the MBA program's communications courses, were the key to our success," he said. "Both our presentation and our performance during the Q&A session received strong accolades from the judges."

The teams were evaluated by a panel of five executive judges, representing the consumer goods, wireless technology, healthcare, and consulting industries.

This the second time that a team from Smeal won this case competition, which is hosted by Rutgers' Center for Supply Chain Management. The college previously took first place in 2006. As the winner this year, the team came home with a $750 check and a trophy.

They were advised by Andy Gustafson, assistant professor of business administration, and Terry Harrison, professor of supply chain and information systems.

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