Hosted by the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business and College of Business Administration’s Center for Supply Chain Management, Race to the Case is an annual, undergraduate case competition that fosters collaboration between business and engineering students in a race similar to the Amazing Race reality television show. With teams comprised of students from both disciplines, eight teams participated from the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, Penn State Behrend, Robert Morris University, and West Virginia University.
“Competitions like these give students hands-on experience solving real-world problems in a timely manner, presenting to stakeholders, and getting feedback from industry professionals,” says Jim Kimpel, clinical associate professor of business administration, who played an instrumental role in both organizing the competition and writing the case.
This year’s case focused on restructuring a company’s manufacturing and distribution facilities in a number of countries by factoring in utilization, cost, and lead time. Students started the case in Mervis Hall, then ran to Benedum Hall for the second round, and finished at Sennott Square. Teams were evaluated based on their solutions and order of submission. Several judges, comprised of supply chain professionals, chose the top three teams to present their recommendations.
The main sponsor for the competition was the Traffic Club of Pittsburgh, a century-old organization of professionals having a common interest in issues facing transportation users and providers.
The day also included a networking lunch and a panel of professionals in supply chain management, who offered their insights and advice to students looking for roles in logistics and operations management.
Andrew White, a sophomore supply chain management and business information systems student and case competition volunteer, felt the event was a “great way to apply classroom knowledge to real-world situations, especially when working in an interdisciplinary team who all bring different skills to the table. The quality of our solutions were enhanced by everyone on the team.”
To learn more about the supply chain management major at Pitt Business, visit cba.pitt.edu/academics.