Duquesne Students Beat Tough Competition To Take Second Place in International Business Contest

A team of students from Duquesne University's Palumbo-Donahue School of Business took home second place honors in the Aspen Institute's Annual International Business & Society Case Competition. In the final round of competition, Duquesne's team from the MBA Sustainable Business Practices program edged out New York University, University of Jyvaskyla (Finland), and Boston University to take second place behind the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Representing Duquesne:

  • Anna Cala of Alexandria, Va.
  • Paul Wyatt of Plymouth, England
  • Victoria Hume of Youngstown, Ohio

"Anna, Victoria and Paul performed remarkably and we are really proud of their accomplishment," said Dr. Karen Donovan, associate dean of graduate programs and executive education. "The team's presentation and ability to think outside the box in their case recommendations were truly outstanding. Their integrative problem solving, critical thinking and presentation skills are a tribute to the Palumbo-Donahue School of Business, the dedicated faculty and alumni who provided support and mentorship through the process."

Duquesne students have participated in the final rounds four of the last five years, taking third place in 2013, second in 2014 and earning an honorable mention in 2015.

During the competition, close to 1,000 students from 25 business schools tackled a case study, authored by the Yale School of Management. The teams had 72 hours to come up with a solution-a window that mirrors the time-sensitive challenges students will face as the next generation of business leadership.

This year's case focused on the Corporate Service Corps (CSC) at IBM, a global pro bono consulting program. Students were tasked with identifying detailed, practical, and actionable ways of increasing the social impact of the CSC program.

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Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic universities for its award-winning faculty and horizon-expanding education. A campus of nearly 9,500 graduate and undergraduate students, Duquesne prepares students by having them work alongside faculty to discover and reach their goals. The University's academic programs, community service, and commitment to equity and opportunity in the Pittsburgh region have earned national acclaim. 

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