School Hosts MBA Students From Top Business Schools for National Competition
April 11, 2011
The School of Business joined the Strategy and Operations Club of New York University’s Stern School of Business to co-host the 2011 Watsco Case Co-opetition in April, bringing together MBA students from some of the world’s leading business schools. The students, representing UM and Stern, as well as Columbia Business School, the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, , the Kellogg Graduate School of Management, and Emory University’s Goizueta Business School had to present a solution to the case competition sponsor, Watsco Inc. of Miami, which is the largest distributor of air conditioning, heating and refrigeration equipment and related parts and supplies in the HVAC/R industry.
The case in the competition focused on Watsco's interest in growing mindshare and market share, specifically regarding ductless HVAC systems and defining the most effective way to grow immediately and cost effectively. Unlike typical case competitions, the MBAs were not teamed up with students from their own school, but with students from different schools. Out of the six University of Miami students participating, two ended up being on a winning team. Rupayan Acharya was on the first place team and Geoff Todd was a member of the runner-up team. The first place team received $8,000 and the runner-up received $1,000.
2011 marked the first year that the University of Miami and NYU partnered on the event and plans are currently underway for the University of Miami to host the Watsco Case Co-opetition again in 2012.