The Blue Cohort experiences the Kelley
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
|Ernst & Young Case Competition winners (from left): Sam Singhania, Rahul Gupta, Dhinendra Yadav, Niraj Patel.|
Student teams from 3/2 MBA program and Full-Time MBA program competed for the top spot in the annual Ernst & Young case competition. The case was centered on a business decision for a fictitious manufacturing and packaging company – Hoosier Hills. Teams were tasked with the responsibility to present their recommendations on either a Go or a No-Go decision on whether to buy an organic milk farm and follow up with the best execution strategy (and an alternate approach in case of a No-Go recommendation).
The case was handed over earlier on Wednesday. Teams continued to work on the case in addition to the regular school commitments. All of the teams came up with a set of well-thought-out recommendations and insightful action items. Out of all the teams, four proceeded to the final round and had an opportunity to present to a group of judges from E&Y’s consulting arm.
It was worthwhile to wake up early on a Saturday to sit in on the final round of presentations. I particularly remember a response from a participant to a question about how their team went about accounting for risks. The participant’s response was, “In our carefully modeled cash-flow projections, we have accounted for all the foreseeable risk by calculating an appropriate discount rate.”
Monday, September 26, 2011
|Greg DeMars and Theo Stamoulis enjoy the ride to the island of Eneko.|
Friday, September 23, 2011
|Working with a top manufacturing firm in the U.S. led Kelley's Business Marketing Academy to Sao Paulo, Brazil.|
Thursday, September 22, 2011
|The Elefa Handicraft shop sells items woven from leaves by women in the Marshall Islands.|
Thursday, September 15, 2011
|The Majuro Atoll of the Marshall Islands.|
Whew, it's been a while!! The last month has been a bit hectic, as we've had a number of events around the world. I was in Boston last week for a Consortium for Graduate Study in Management event and had the same event in Chicago last evening. Right now I'm taking advantage of the laptop kiosks at Chicago's O'Hare airport to post a quick entry before heading overseas. I'll be visiting family and enjoying Oktoberfest in Germany for a few days before heading off to India for The MBA Tour. It will be my third trip to each country and I'm looking forward to it!!
This is the time of year that many people are thinking about the GMAT. While you should take the time to thoroughly prepare for the test in order to perform well, realize that this score is only one part of the admissions criteria. You can find several GMAT resources online but I would recommend taking a look at mba.com as well as an article from Bloomberg Businessweek. While practice tests are helpful, you should know that practice test scores are, on average, 50 points higher than actual GMAT scores. Good luck as you prepare and happy studying!!
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Tuesday, September 6, 2011
|Kelley MBA students visit a textile company in Peru.|
Chair of the Kelley MBA program