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Big 12 MBA Programs Vie in Case Competition at Baylor University

April 6, 2009

Students from universities within the Big 12 Conference competed in the 3rd annual Big 12 MBA Case Competition over the weekend, hosted by Baylor University. Oklahoma State University earned first place honors. Kansas State University placed second.

MBA students were given an original, live case designed specifically for the competition. In less than 24 hours, each team analyzed the situation, researched possibilities, proposed ideas, and prepared and gave a presentation with detailed recommendations. The company featured in the case was DMX Inc. (

"This was a great opportunity for MBA students to deal with a real company's challenges," said Dr. Gary Carini, associate dean of Graduate Business Programs at Baylor University's Hankamer School of Business. "The executives from DMX were looking for fresh ideas looking to the future and that's what these teams provided."

The competition was sponsored by American Airlines and FirstCity Financial Corporation. Judges included academics from Auburn University and Rice University, as well as executives from American Airlines, 360 Partners and DMX Inc.

MBA students on the first place Oklahoma State University team were Nick Ahrens, Thomas Christian, Alisonn Phelps and Preston Pollard.

On the second place team from the MBA students at Kansas State University team were Amy Rucker, Shaun Rucker, Justin Dodge and Katie Matthew.

Other winners at the competition included:

  • Division A Runner-Up: The University of Oklahoma
  • Division B Runner-Up: The University of Kansas
  • Best Sportsmanship Award: Iowa State University
  • Best Presenter, Division A: Raef Wyatt, Baylor University
  • Best Presenter, Division B: Richard Smith, The University of Kansas
  • Best Q&A, Division A: Nick McCann, Iowa State University
  • Best Q&A, Division B: Katie Matthew, Kansas State University
  • Most Valuable Player: Katie Matthew, Kansas State University

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