Strong field expected for Champions Trophy

30 January 2012

This week’s Champions Trophy case competition will feature the strongest field of competitors ever assembled, says Director of Student Development Brendon Potter.

The Business School is once again hosting the annual event, which brings the world’s best case competition teams to compete for the Champions Trophy title. Brendon says most teams have had multiple successes in the past 12 months and are coming from the United States, Canada, Singapore, Thailand and Australia.

He is busy coaching the Business School team of Chloe Muggeridge, Kyung-il Min, Henry De Malmanche and Harry De Lacey for the competition, which runs all week until the final on Saturday.

“They have been in training since before Christmas with case practices, teamwork and reviews of New Zealand business,” Brendon says.

All the teams arrived on Sunday and will be given cases that analyse real New Zealand businesses including NZX-listed companies, not-for-profits and SMEs. Each case is kept under wraps until the day they are presented to teams, who then have five hours to prepare a strategy to present to the panel of judges.

The University of British Columbia is going for a hat-trick after taking the title for the previous two years.

Student Development Coordinator Paul Cunningham says a team of student volunteers has worked hard to make sure this year’s event is a success. As the focus on developing networks and building international friendships is just as important as the competition itself, they have also planned several activities to showcase the city and New Zealand culture.

“The social activities include a beach day, an amazing race around Auckland, an international food night where the international teams cook a dish from their country, and an evening of bowls,” Paul says.

All are welcome to attend the case competition presentations next week. They take place in Case Rooms 1-4 each day, except Wednesday when Room 325 replaces Case Room 3. Presentations start at 2.55pm with the last group presenting at 4.25pm each day. The final is on Saturday 4 February and starts at 2.55pm. Please don’t enter the room if the door is shut and people are presenting.