A team from the University of Washington master's of business administration program won the 2005 Pac-10/Big Ten MBA Case Competition held last weekend at Arizona State University.
The students earned high marks for their analysis of the selected case, which examined problems faced by online grocer FreshDirect. Additionally, the foursome netted a separate award for providing the "most innovative solution" to the given case.
Taking home the $4,000 first prize were UW team members Balu Chenicheri, Michael Dietzman, Flavio Kaplan and Michael Nesland, who were judged on their analytical, communications and presentation skills.
This academic challenge is named after the Pacific-10 and Big Ten athletic conferences and has been referred to by organizers and participants as the "Rose Bowl" of college case competitions. The UW placed second in last year's competition.