Shidler Team Takes Second In International Business Competition

Congratulations to Shidler team (from left) Dakota Kubacak (’18); Kelly Zheng (’20); Eryn Yuasa (’19); and Edwin Wong (’18) for a second place finish at the 9th Annual CUIBE International Business Case Competition in Boston.

Braving the Nor’easter weather, Shidler College of Business undergraduate students traveled to Boston to participate in the 9th Annual CUIBE (Consortium for Undergraduate International Business Education) International Business Case Competition held at Northeastern University D'Amore-McKim School of Business from October 25 - 27, 2018. The Shidler team placed second in a field of 16 teams from leading undergraduate international business programs across the nation.

The Shidler team comprised of Eryn Yuasa (’19), Dakota Kubacak (’18), Edwin Wong (’18) and Kelly Zheng (’20) took first place in their preliminary round against University of San Diego, Marist College and Temple University. However, the Shidler team came up short in the final round placing second overall to first place Olin School of Business, Washington University in St. Louis. Third place went to Florida International University College of Business followed by Marriot School of Business, Brigham Young University in fourth.

This year, the teams were asked to provide recommendations to the vice president of social responsibility of Hilton Hotel Worldwide on the growing epidemic of human trafficking.

“I personally would like to thank the team for their sacrifices, for their commitment and dedication, for challenging themselves and not giving up, and for trusting the process,” says Constancio Paranal III, Shidler faculty and team advisor. “Their presentation not only gained high praises from the judges, but also from their peers.”

The CUIBE case competition gives students an opportunity to showcase their knowledge in international business through a competitive environment. Each team is given a case study to analyze within 24 hours before the competition begins. The winners of each bracket move on to the final round. The teams are judged on their analysis, recommendations and overall presentation.