Griffith Business School has landed a top 10 position at the Aspen Institute’s 2016 Business & Society International MBA Case Competition held in the United States.

The annual event, now in its seventh year, saw 25 teams from universities around the world compete for a US$30,000 prize pool.

The Griffith team, headed by Senior Lecturer Dr Ki-Hoon Lee, was awarded an honourable mention behind the top five placings. The team comprised Griffith MBA students Marc Daley, Adam Hoey and Indy Sivakumar.

It was Griffith Business School’s first attempt at the Aspen Case Competition in four years and, according to Griffith’s MBA Director Associate Professor Chris Fleming, the competition this year was strong.

“Our MBA team was up against some big players, including University of Oxford’s Saïd School of Business, so we are very pleased to have achieved an honourable mention,” said Professor Fleming.

The competition is hosted annually by Aspen Institute in Washington, DC, for MBA students and this year teams were asked to analyse a new case study authored by the Yale School of Management. The case study focused on creating an equitable coffee supply chain and featured Illy, a global premium coffee company based in Italy.

“Each team had just three days to write a response, so it’s a great credit to the talent of the Griffith team that we achieved a top 10 finish,” said Professor Fleming.

The Lazaridis School of Business & Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University secured first prize in the competition which aims to communicate that social, environmental and ethical issues are central to business growth in the 21st century.

Professor Fleming said Griffith Business School was looking forward to taking on the challenge again next year.

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