Duquesne's Sustainability MBA Team: Top Private School in Global Competition
A team of MBA Sustainability students from Duquesne University's John F. Donahue Graduate School of Business has placed among the top schools in an international case competition sponsored by the Aspen Institute, an organization devoted to fostering worldwide values-based leadership.
The Duquesne team placed third in the Aspen Institute's 2013 Business & Society International MBA Case Competition, after the final round on April 19 in New York City.
The competition began in March, when more than 1,000 MBA students from 25 business schools worldwide submitted written solutions in internal qualifying rounds sponsored by the participating schools. The best solution from each school was submitted to the Aspen Institute for blind review, and five teams advanced to the finals.
The Duquesne team members-Matthew Ebberts of Sewickley; Gregory Gorse of Flower Mound, Texas; Atalie Hayes of New Kensington; and Andrew Minotte of Pittsburgh's South Side-presented and defended their proposal before a panel of executives and later attended an invitation-only reception hosted by BNY Mellon. The Duquesne team took home a $5,000 scholarship prize.
In the final round, only teams representing the Stern School of Business at New York University and the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College (City University of New York), the first and second place finishers, topped Duquesne's team. Fourth and fifth place teams were the University of Denver and Villanova.
This year's Aspen case competition required the team to present its plan for addressing sustainability, economic development and environmental activism challenges encountered by an international producer of palm oil. The Yale School of Management and the National University of Singapore Business School co-authored the problem.
"Matt, Greg, Atalie and Andrew proposed a profitable, cradle-to-cradle solution for turning waste into new revenue while serving stakeholders and the environment," said Diane Ramos, an adjunct instructor and associate director of graduate programs.
"Their success at leveraging sustainability for innovation demonstrates our faculty commitment as signatories of the Principles for Responsible Management Education," added Dr. Robert Sroufe, Murrin Chair of Global Competitiveness and The Beard Institute's director of supplied sustainability.
Duquesne's Donahue School has ranked among the top 25 in the Aspen Institute's
Beyond Grey Pinstripes survey since 2007, the start of its MBA Sustainability program.