Winners Reveal Unique Business Solutions

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Nashville, Tenn. — Nov. 8
Human capital solutions solve business problems. That was the key theme behind the nation’s first-ever M.B.A.-level competition focusing on human capital challenges held Oct. 19-20 at the Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management.

First place went to Cornell University’s Johnson School of Management/School of Industrial and Labor Relations, second place went to Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, and the UCLA Anderson School of Management team won third place. Ten high-quality teams were chosen to compete out of 24 business schools that applied.

“The winning teams demonstrated that there are two things all human capital solutions must have — an elegant human resources design coupled with a strong business case,” said Neta Moye, Vanderbilt professor and adviser for Owen’s Leadership Development Program.

The teams were judged by executives from General Electric and Deloitte Consulting LLP. GE and Deloitte Consulting provided the support and sponsorship for the competition, including the prizes for the winning teams.

“The first National M.B.A. Human Capital Case Competition was a groundbreaking success. Scores of top talent from prestigious M.B.A. programs used human capital solutions to tackle complex business problems,” said Geoff Rothermel, senior manager within Deloitte Consulting’s human capital practice.

The competition pitted student groups from top graduate schools across the country against each other to address a real-world human capital issue and present solutions relevant in today’s fast-paced global economy. This year’s challenge was to analyze the competitive and labor market challenges being faced by a global legal services firm and make recommendations regarding talent management practices and their implementation.

The Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management is taking a lead in the study of human capital. Owen believes that it is imperative students make decisions regarding employees as important as decisions regarding all other business resources. That’s why Owen is elevating the study of human capital to a decision science, on the same level with marketing, finance and operations.

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