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Business School students compete in Global Business Case Competition

01 May 2012

A group of four outstanding University of Sydney Business School students have embraced a unique opportunity to compete against teams from 15 leading international universities at the Global Business Case Competition in Seattle.

Charlotte Selin, Mike Li, Joshua Shuvalov and Joshua Spencer showcased their skills and knowledge throughout the competition, which was hosted by the University of Washington Michael G Foster School of Business, a premier exchange partner of the Business School.

Now in its 14th year, The Global Business Case Competition has developed a reputation for producing forward thinking business proposals and fostering strong networking between future business leaders.

The intense competition gives the students just 48 hours to devise a business recommendation to a real-world business case study, taken from the Hong Kong-based trading giant Li & Fung Limited before presenting to a panel of industry judges. In addition, students are given the opportunity to converse with executives of global organisations and engage in networking while experiencing the city of Seattle.

Third year Bachelor of Commerce student, Joshua Spencer, was grateful for the support of the Business School and highlighted that the dynamics of both his team and the competition that made competing on an international level particularly fascinating.

"Being immersed in a new culture, it was great to meet a variety of students from around the world and to hear their ideas which stem from their very different cultural perceptions and thought processes," He said. "The experience has imbued in me a great deal of confidence, ambition and focus, and I consider it a highlight of my time at university."

Business Information Systems Lecturer and team adviser Barney Tan agreed with that sentiment and felt that this group of students had learnt immensely from this experience.

"The opportunity to interact with the teams from the other universities across the globe has been invaluable as well," he said. "Even the case used in the competition itself was a real problem facing a global firm. Overall, for the participating team, I would say that the Global Business Case Competition provided them with a global perspective of business and enhances their student experience."

Read more about team-member Joshua Shuvalov's experience in his report at the Business Opportunities blog, GBBC 2012: The Reflection.