College of Business Teams Compete at International Strategy Competitions
4 January 2018
Pictured from left to right clockwise, Michael Metzger, Diarmaid McLoughlin, Scott Sullivan, Dillon Rafferty, Aoife McEnteggart, Sophie Davies, Grace O' Kelly and Ali Kavanagh
Final Year students on the B.Sc. Business and Law and the B.Sc. Business and Management will represent DIT College of Business at two International Case Competitions in 2018. Both competitions require students to use their technical, analytical, conceptual, and interpersonal skills to analyse the situation facing a real company, to prioritise the issues and evaluate options ahead of recommending a detailed action plan. Students then deliver their presentations to executives from the company.
Aoife McEnteggart, Sophie Davies, Scott Sullivan (B.Sc. Business and Management) and Michael Metzger (B.Sc. Business and Law) will compete at the biggest undergraduate case competition in the world – the John Molson Undergraduate Case Competition (JMUCC) – in Concordia University Montreal in Canada in February. This will represent the tenth consecutive year that DIT College of Business will represent Ireland. The College is one of just six schools to have been invited to compete at all ten editions of this competition along with Concordia University (hosts), University of Alberta School of Business, National University of Singapore School of Business, Heavener School of Business at the University of Florida and Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina.
Ali Kavanagh, Grace O' Kelly, Diarmaid McLoughlin (B.Sc. Business and Management) and Dillon Rafferty (B.Sc. Business and Law ) will likewise fly the flag for Ireland in the most prestigious University of Navarra International Case Competition (UNICC) in Pamplona, Spain in March. This is the fourth time in the last five years that DIT College of Business have been invited to compete at UNICC. As in Montreal, DIT will compete against some of the top business schools in the world. Competitors in Pamplona will include the National University of Singapore, the University of Edinburgh and University of California – Berkeley.
Lead Coach, Dr. Eoghan O Grady explains that “the invitation to compete in such prestigious competitions is a reflection of the College’s standing and of the success of its teams over recent years in these and other case competitions. The performance of the teams evidences and highlights the quality of the programmes. These eight guys have come through a rigorous and extremely challenging selection process – in which all final year students on both programmes could participate. This experience alongside ongoing training, support from fellow coaches Dr. Sharon Feeney and Dr. Pat Kenny and their commitment to being as well prepared as possible will ensure that both teams represent the College with distinction.
Programme director, Dr. Etain Kidney stressed the importance of case study competitions in the pursuit of excellence: “DIT final year students have worked hard to achieve their academic standing and come to the competition with diverse specialisms across business and management. Our students have battled their way through our internal selection process against more than 200 students and are ready to come up against their peers on the global case study stage. The entire College is behind the teams and we are excited to follow their progress.”