The Center for Global Leadership sponsored a team of four undergraduate students, lead by Dr. Johnny Lee, Professor of Accounting Information Systems, to participate in Northeastern University’s Third Annual International Business Case Competition on November 1-3. Villanova’s JD Consulting Team consisted of Katie Papeika, a senior accounting and finance double major, Guadalupe Mata, a senior economics major with a minor in psychology, Karl Li, a sophomore MIS and Finance double major, and Quan Tran, a sophomore Accounting and Finance double major.
Eighteen teams from across the U.S. and Canada gathered for three days to compete against each other to determine which school would leave Boston as the 2012 winning team. Teams consisted of undergraduate students from the following schools: American University, Canisius College, Florida International University, Georgetown University, Loyola University - Chicago, McGill University, Northeastern University, San Diego State University, Temple University, University of Hawaii - Manoa, University of Oklahoma, University of Richmond, University of San Diego, University of South Carolina, University of Western Ontario, Villanova University, Washington State University and Washington University in St. Louis.
The teams were given a case Friday morning and had until Saturday morning to come up with an analysis and recommendation. All teams presented in the preliminary round of the competition on Saturday morning, and four teams were selected by panels of judges to compete in the final round Saturday afternoon.
First place went to the University of Western Ontario, second place went to University of South Carolina, third place went to Northeastern University, and fourth place went to the University of San Diego. Although JD Consulting did not advance to the final round, participant Karl Li commented, “The competition provided ample exposure and insight about the consulting world.”