© Nathan Mandell
Kellogg School's winning student team in the International
MBA Case Competition accepts its trophy in Barcelona
on April 26. The team consisted of, from left, Arlindo
Eira Filho '04, Attila Toth '03, Alberto Spangaro '04
and Paolo Cuomo '03.
School students take first place in international case competition
intense competition from other top business schools, Kellogg
School students drew on their thought leadership skills to
win first place at the International MBA Case Competition,
held April 24 to 26 at IESE Business School in Barcelona,
of the winning Kellogg team included Attila Toth and Paolo
Cuomo (both ‘03) and Alberto Spangaro and Arlindo Eira
Filho (both ‘04). All are members of the Kellogg Consulting
Club or its European Business Club.
said the physically and mentally exhausting competition served
as a nice “capstone course” to his Kellogg career.
three-day competition involved assessing the financial viability
and quantifying the developmental impact of a proposed investment
in a rural Vietnamese sugar mill.
presented a number of challenging issues, ranging from the
investor’s mission to help developing nations, to the
impact of the project on neighboring countries and local farmers.
macroeconomic information and other financial data, students
developed their analyses over two days, preparing a written
and oral presentation for a panel of judges that included
professors from leading business schools and professionals
from Roland Berger Strategy Consultants, which sponsored the
to the Kellogg School, competing MBA programs included Barcelona-based
IESE, London Business School, Rotterdam School of Management,
SDA Bocconi, University of Chicago GSB, Columbia Business
School, Ivey School of Business and MIT Sloan School of Management.
judges wanted us to take a firm stand and be able to substantiate
it with a thorough analysis,” Toth said.