Manning School of Business News and Highlights

Winners announced for the Fall 2015 Shaw Group Business Case Competition

Congratulations to Sara Baxter, Caroline Lauder, Daniel Luton, and Candace Mosher, who are the first-place winners in the 2015 Shaw Group Business Case Competition for second-year CORE students. Teams are given 24 hours to analyze a current business case and then present solutions to a panel of industry judges. The case this year examined Theo Chocolate, a company that sold an organic, environmentally friendly, GMO-free product while consciously trying to respect fair trade, sustainability, and human rights—only to run into charges of union busting at home.

(L-R) Daniel Luton, Sara Baxter, Candace Mosher, Caroline Lauder

Speaking for the competition judges, Adam Randell (Shaw Group) said of the winning team: One of the main differentiators for the team was the time they spent on an implementation plan. They thought through their chosen approach and their approach with different stakeholders. Their presentation was clean, concise and professional. Other judges were Sue Payne (WF Investments), Rachel Brickner (AUFA), Holly Wheaton (Just Us!), and Roger Wehrell (Acadia University). The competition was organized by Dr. Jim Grant and Professor Martha Cheney. Sara, Caroline, Daniel, and Candace win $1,000 dollars and luncheon with Shaw Group executives. Business case competitions provide students with collaborative learning experiences, networking opportunities, and knowledge of real world business challenges. The Fred C. Manning School of Business acknowledges the generous support of The Shaw Group in funding this popular competition.

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Founded in 1957, the Manning School at Acadia University is home to over 600 students from over 20 countries. With 23 faculty members from a variety of academic and professional backgrounds, the Manning School offers small classes that encourage concentrated interaction between students and faculty. Our students have opportunities to learn outside the classroom through co-op placements, projects with local enterprises, and international exchanges. Firmly rooted in a rich institutional legacy that personifies the very essence of a liberal education, the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) program at Acadia is challenging and flexible, allowing students to explore a broad range of interests and producing well-rounded graduates who are well-positioned to pursue varied professional opportunities. As testimony, our graduates work in leadership roles across Canada and around the globe, with many having made their Acadia BBA degree a pathway to prestigious graduate programs.