Winners of 1st Annual Global Health Sector Interdisciplinary Case Competition Announced

in Case Competition, Health Sector, News
November 16th, 2012

A team of MBA students from Harvard Business School won first place in the 1st Annual Global Health Sector Interdisciplinary Case Competition, sponsored by DePuy Synthes Spine, a Johnson & Johnson Company, and hosted by Boston University.

Sam Schweizer (MBA'13), Committee Chair; Mark Allan, Director of Health Sector Management Program, Boston University School of Management; Max Reinhardt, V.P. Worldwide Marketing at DePuy Synthes Spine companies of Johnson & Johnson; Shirley Leong, Jason Bae, Judith Li, Jesse Li of Harvard Business School; Andrea Sodano, Executive-in-Residence and Tim Beardsley, Worldwide Director of R&D, DePuy Synthes Spine.

Sam Schweizer (MBA'13), Committee Chair; Mark Allan, Director of Health Sector Management Program, Boston University School of Management; Max Reinhardt, V.P. Worldwide Marketing at DePuy Synthes Spine companies of Johnson & Johnson; Shirley Leong, Jason Bae, Judith Li, Jesse Li of Harvard Business School; Andrea Sodano, Executive-in-Residence, Boston University School of Management; and Tim Beardsley, Worldwide Director of R&D, DePuy Synthes Spine.

The invitation-only competition, worth $32,500 in prizes, challenged teams of students from the world’s leading MBA programs to solve a health sector market challenge. Each team had 24 hours to develop a proposal recommending a course of action on a strategic business initiative focused on current issues related to medical devices in the global health sector. The teams then presented their findings before a panel of judges from leading health sector companies, including sponsor DePuy Synthes Spine.

The competition is unique due to its interdisciplinary nature; in addition to MBA students, each team included a public health, medicine, engineering, or law student. The event took place at Boston University School of Management on November 1-3, 2012.

The winning team from Harvard Business School was awarded the top prize of $20,000. Team members included Jason Bae, Shirley Leong, Jesse Li, and Judith Li. Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, came in second place, and Fuqua School of Business, Duke University came in third place. The finalists were announced during an awards reception on Saturday, November 3.

The schools who competed in this year’s event included:

  • Boston University School of Management
  • CEIBS (China Europe International Business School)
  • Frankfurt School of Finance and Management
  • Fuqua School of Business, Duke University
  • Harvard Business School, Harvard University
  • Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
  • Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad
  • IPADE Business School, Universidad Panamericana, Mexico
  • Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University
  • Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto
  • Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College and The Dartmouth Center for Health Care Delivery Science