Case study gives MBA students the edge

Senior lecturer Dr Stephanie Schleimer

Griffith MBA students will experience what it’s like to shape strategy for one of the world’s biggest companies, thanks to senior lecturer Dr Stephanie Schleimer.

Dr Schleimer was one of five academics selected from business schools around the world to gain access to the Aspen Institute’s raw case data used in their 2017 Business & Society International MBA Case Competition.

This year’s case was authored by the Yale School of Management and featured IBM’s pro bono work.

“It sits perfectly at the intersection of innovation, strategy and social responsibility,” Dr Schleimer said.

Griffith University competition participants spent 72 hours in lockdown with the aim of developing a strategy for the IBM Corporate Service Corps, a global pro-bono consulting program which provides leadership training to its staff and improve communities served by IBM’s host organisations.

Students were asked to find ways for the company to increase its social impact while preserving the more tangible aspects of its program, and present their findings to a panel of judges.

While the competition is now over, Dr Schleimer’s recognition means that her future MBA students will be able to have the same ‘real-life’ experience.

“This case aligns really well with the Griffith MBA values for responsible leadership and sustainable business practices,” she said.

Access to the case study is worth $1500 which goes toward adapting the material into the curriculum.