More than 200 students from ten Southern California business schools have been participating in the lead-up to the annual case study contest challenging MBA students to apply their talents in real-world corporate scenarios. From those 200 students, one team of two-to-four students will represent each of the ten universities in the semi-finals competition hosted by Mihaylo College. The ten universities taking part in the competition are: Chapman, CSUF, LMU, Pepperdine, SDSU, UCI, UCLA, UCSD, USD, and USC.
The competition will be held on Thursday, February 28th from 5-8 pm in the Scott and Deanna O’Brien Family Innovation Center, SGMH 3230.
A new case study will be presented to the participating teams with details about a bid to buy a fictitious company. They are then required to recommend a strategic course of action to a panel of judges acting as the fictitious board of directors.
“These teams will be judged on their teamwork, ability to work under deadline, their public presentation proficiency, capacity to defend recommendations and adaptability when circumstances change,” said Chris Kondo, acting director of the MBA program.
Mihaylo will be represented by MBA students Sunil Lakhani from Culver City, Ryan Laiola of Placentia, and Tracey Carter of Yorba Linda.
The ACG Cup competition was created by the Los Angeles Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) in 2004 to challenge MBA students with real-world business situations.
“This is an excellent, real-world experience for our MBA students to test their knowledge and abilities against others,” said Kondo.
The top three semi-final teams will move forward to the finals round on March 12th at the Toyota Museum in Torrance. The winner of the Southern California Regional ACG Cup competition will be awarded $10,000, and the semi-finals runners-up will receive $6,000, $4,000, or $1,000.