The second-annual MSU Graduate Supply Chain Challenge, hosted by Michigan State University’s Broad Graduate School of Management and its Supply Chain Management department, was held Oct. 27-28, 2011, on MSU’s campus at the James B. Henry Center for Executive Development.  Unlike traditional MBA case competitions, this event introduces a simulated real-time competitive supply chain strategy environment (the Supply Chain Operations Decision Environment or SCODE) that objectively assesses the skills of each MBA team to design and manage dynamic supply chains against a common scenario.

“Participation in top competitions like our Supply Chain Challenge greatly enhances MBA students’ critical analysis, decision-making, knowledge integration, team and presentation skills that they learn in their courses,” says Karyll Shaw, associate dean for MBA and MS programs. “Not only are they required to analyze and develop solutions to complex business scenarios, but they must do this under extreme time pressures in competition with the best students from other top-ranked MBA programs.”

In addition to a team from MSU’s Broad School, MBA teams from other top supply chain programs took part, including: The Ohio State University, Purdue University, the University of Maryland, Georgia Institute of Technology, Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Wisconsin.

This year’s winning students were from The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business and included MBA students Bart Fredric, Tim Renner and Kaushik Sriniyas as they defended their title at the competition with coach Marc Ankerman.  The Fisher MBA team was awarded a $5,000 cash prize, half of which the team is donating to support future case competitions.

The Broad School would like to thank the following corporate sponsors for making the MSU Graduate Supply Chain Challenge possible: Ford Motor Company, the GM Foundation, John Deere, Dow, Intel, ConocoPhillips, Shell, Northrop Grumman and ArcelorMittal.