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Haslam students take third place in Deloitte Supply Chain Challenge

March 1, 2015

Students from the University of Tennessee’s Haslam College of Business recently placed third in the second annual Deloitte Supply Chain Challenge, an event testing the business skills of MBA students. Georgia Institute of Technology’s team took home top honors, while Pennsylvania State University placed second.

Teams of four students from eight of the nation’s top supply chain MBA programs met in Knoxville at the Haslam Business Building to compete in the case competition on Feb. 19-20.

Deloitte’s top executives judged teams from Carnegie Mellon University, Penn State, Rutgers University, Michigan State University, Arizona State University, Brigham Young University and the Georgia Tech.

Each team was presented with a mock company facing several challenges at noon on Thursday. Throughout the afternoon and evening additional issues were introduced. The teams developed a strategy to address the issues and maximize company profitability by their Friday morning deadline. They presented their findings to the judges, and Deloitte executives determined the strongest action plans.

Students who participated benefitted not only from applying their education to real-world scenarios, but also from questioning professionals currently working in the field. They learned from each team’s approach to the case and made decisions in real time.

Following the award ceremony, faculty from each school, along with Deloitte partners, held a roundtable to discuss trends in MBA curriculum.

Watch a short overview video of Deloitte Supply Chain Challenge on youtube.

Contact: Tanya Brown, (865) 974-1570, tgbrown@utk.edu