By: Michael L. Jackson
Paul George may be absent from the Indiana Pacers’ lineup when the season begins, but will that really matter if the tickets are courtside? And free?
Four tickets for a regular-season Pacers game will be up for grabs for the winning team in the first Kelley School of Business Indianapolis team case competition. The inaugural event will take place on campus on Saturday, November 8, beginning at 8 a.m.
“The whole goal of the case competition is to bring the student body together,” said Tessa Kulhawick, president of the Kelley Indy Operations and Supply Chain Management (OSCM) student organization. “A lot of creative ideas have come out of case competitions. It’s a wonderful resume building opportunity, and a great chance to work in a group in an environment other than a class setting.”
The “general business case” is open to any Kelley student who is currently enrolled in or has completed I-Core. “The case is going to really hit all the functional business areas,” Kulhawick said.
The competition is open to the first six four-person teams that sign up before registration closes on Nov. 5. Teams will until have approximately eight hours to analyze the case before returning their findings to the judges at 4 p.m. Teams will then discuss their analysis and recommendations during a 10-minute presentation.
The case competition is being made possible through a multi-club collaboration. OSCM and Women in Business are the main sponsors of the case, while the Pacers tickets are being provided by the Kelley School of Business Indianapolis Student Government. Six members of the Kelley Indianapolis Young Alumni Council will serve as judges for the event. Professors Peggy Lee Daniels and Mark Ippolito will act as case advisors.
“We are very excited about putting this together and are hoping for a really big turnout,” Kulhawick said. “I have been in so many of these competitions. You’ll be amazed by what solutions your team can think of.”