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HR case competition pits Broad MBAs against top b-schools

Broad MBA students are no strangers to case competitions. This fall, a team of five Broad students took their skills on the road, setting off for Tennessee to compete against top schools in the Human Capital Case Competition.

The competition, sponsored by Deloitte Consulting and General Electric, took place October 27 to 29 at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. This was the first year Broad participated. The Broad team—one of 12 selected from a pool of 35—competed against teams that represented universities around the country, including the University of North Carolina, University of California-Berkeley, and Emory University.

The Broad College’s Nick Fischer, a second-year MBA student with a concentration in human resources management and the president of the Human Resources Association, spearheaded the effort of putting together a team to enter the case competition. He  recruited Joe Sidor, Farris Bukhari, Angela Pope, and Kalenga Pembamoto to round out the required five-member team.

The team received its case a week in advance of the competition. The case involved the North Atlantic Hospital, a teaching hospital that faced a poor retention rate and ambiguity about the roles of its three types of physicians it employed and the criteria for promotion. The team hashed out the case together for several hours and divided the work into sections among members. Each team member brought back a deeper analysis and came together to discuss risks and financials and finalized a concrete plan for the hospital to better track employee promotion and evaluation.

It wasn’t all about winning either. The team had multiple chances to network with fellow B-school students and talk with representatives from Deloitte and GE. Sidor says having judges offer feedback helped him set a personal benchmark for his own performance. “It’s cool to pit your school against other top schools,” says Sidor. “It’s kind of about school pride and showing how good MSU is.”

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