Nanyang First Asian Winners In Case Compeitition
Nanyang’s winning team, from left to right: Mohsin Fazal, Widy Kiswanto, Prof Vijay Sethi, Victoriano Hui Co and Johnny Widodo
A team of four students on Nanyang’s part-time MBA traveled to
The Nanyang team faced challenges from the outset. Leaving aside the small matter of traveling to the other side of the world, and leaving sunny
In the end the team, consisting of Widy Kiswanto, Mohsin Fazal, Victoriano Hui and Johnny Widodo managed to enter the competition with a coach borrowed from the
The event drew 144 participants from 36 universities including the
There were three rounds in the competition: the round robin, the semi-final and the three-team final.
In each round, teams were locked in a room with no computers or coaches, and had three hours to study and analyze a complex business case and prepare a 25-minute presentation which they then delivered to a panel of five business executives.
Nanyang’s final case was on Naya bottled water and asked for business recommendations on sustainability issues.
In a recent article for the Singapore Straits Times, Widodo describes how the team divided responsibilities, with Widodo leading the brainstorming discussions and designing the flow of the presentations; Fazal selling the recommendations; Kiswanto creating the look and feel of the presentations and Hui acting as chief strategist and running the analysis on all the cases.
The team attributes their success to the way the Nanyang MBA curriculum challenged them to think innovatively. In particular, says Widodo, the Corporate Business Strategy course gave them the skills and mindset needed to do well in the competition.
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