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Smith MBAs Excel in OSU-Fisher Invitational

Apr 23, 2014
Experiential / Reality-based Learning


From left: Bini Dawit, Nadine Payne, Brendan Collins and Katie Tedrow
From left: Bini Dawit, Nadine Payne, Brendan Collins and Katie Tedrow

A team of full-time, first-year MBA students from the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business captured second place in the 22nd edition of the Fisher Invitational Case Competition at Ohio State University.

Brendan Collins, Bini Dawit, Nadine Payne and Katie Tedrow represented Smith among 11 MBA programs. Competitors represented Big Ten Conference schools, plus programs from the University of Rochester and Washington University in St. Louis.

The April 10-12 event marked Smith’s debut appearance. A team from the University of Illinois came in first place.

Individually, Tedrow won the competition's Best Q&A award for her performance and responses in the competition’s final round. For the preliminary round, Dawit was "Best Presenter" and Payne received the Best Q&A honor.

The teams had just 24 hours to analyze a complex business case, identify the company’s challenge and present compelling recommendations to a panel of judges made up of industry executives, including leaders from the company being analyzed. 

The Smith team tackled a case pertaining to the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets. OSU’s Fisher College of Business hosted the event in Columbus’ Nationwide Arena – the Blue Jackets home.

About the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business 

The Robert H. Smith School of Business is an internationally recognized leader in management education and research. One of 12 colleges and schools at the University of Maryland, College Park, the Smith School offers undergraduate, full-time and part-time MBA, executive MBA, online MBA, specialty masters, PhD and executive education programs, as well as outreach services to the corporate community. The school offers its degree, custom and certification programs in learning locations in North America and Asia.