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Otago wins 5th Annual SDS 2014 International Case Competition

Monday, 1 September 2014

Otago Business School 2014 SDS Case Competition WinnersThe Otago Business School Business Case Competition team has won the 5th Annual SDS 2014 International Business Case Competition in Queenstown beating six NZ universities and six top international universities in the process.

The week-long competition (Sunday 24 Aug – Thursday 28 Aug) was held at the University of Otago facilities at the Queenstown Resort College and saw 12 teams go head to head in three different competition events. 

All teams completed two case studies and a new event – the Elevator Pitch. Case #1 was on the Warehouse, the Elevator Pitch was developing a business in Queenstown and Case #2 was on SPELD NZ.

Competitors from within New Zealand included teams from the University of Otago, University of Auckland, AUT, University of Waikato, University of Victoria in Wellington, and the University of Canterbury.

International teams travelled to Queenstown from Simon Fraser University (Vancouver, Canada), Warrington School of Business, University of Florida (Gainesville, Florida), University of NSW Australia (Sydney, Australia), Nanyang Technological University (Singapore), Richard Ivey Business School at Western University (London, Ontario, Canada) and BI Norway.

The winning team from the University of Otago Business School were: William McVeagh (Finance), Jonny Martin (Finance, Management & Tourism), Scott Malpas (Marketing & Entrepreneurship), and Blair Shepherd (Law, BA (Philosophy, Politics, Economics)). Their coach was Dr John Guthrie (Senior Lecturer in Marketing).

A the conclusion of the event no less than 4 job offers had been made and 2 job interviews conducted, proving once again the value of participating in business case competitions, and reinforces the respect employers have for those who excel in this environment.

About SDS
SDS (Student Development Society) is an Incorporated Society representing the Business Case Competition interests of the New Zealand Universities. It hosts a National League competition consisting of 3 events, plus the flagship event – the international case competition SDS@QT 2014. It is largely supported by the Deans’ Council of the NZ Schools of Business.

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