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Business students take top spot
Northeastern University business students won first place in a highly competitive case competition earlier this month at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, besting 11 other undergraduate teams from institutions in the U.S. and Canada.
The students — Bree Jones, class of 2013, and Jed Baker, Jake Wainwright and Joe Haniak, all class of 2014 — are members of Northeastern University’s Huntington Management Consulting, an undergraduate club focused on management consulting and strategy. The club provides students with real-world experience through intercollegiate competitions and by taking on strategic consulting cases for local firms and nonprofit organizations. The students in the club also receive support from a strong network of alumni, who judge their presentations and provide critical feedback throughout the academic year.
“Although we won, we know we have to keep improving and working even harder,” Jones said, noting the club’s relentless practice schedule. “We can build on this and take it to the next level.”
For the Oct. 12 case competition, the undergraduate teams were tasked with the complex challenge of restructuring a private wealth management company merger and presenting their solution to a panel of judges from the consulting industry. The Northeastern team’s presentation incorporated not only an overall strategic restructuring plan, but also a blueprint for transitioning some employees to new assignments and responsibilities that would make the company stronger and more efficient.