Southeast Missouri State students qualify for NIBS Worldwide Case Competition Championship round

Southeast Missouri State students qualify for NIBS Worldwide Case Competition Championship round
A team of Southeast Missouri State University business students has qualified for the Championship Round of the 2019 Network of International Business Schools Worldwide Case Competition Feb. 17-22 in Prince Edward Island, Canada. (Source: Southeast Missouri State University)

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - A team of Southeast Missouri State University business students will compete in the Championship Round of the 2019 Network of International Business Schools Worldwide Case Competition.

The event will take place February 17-22 in Prince Edward Island, Canada. The team was one of only 16 out of 90 teams to advance from the qualifying round to the finals.

You can click here for information about the team and the competition.

“It is quite an accomplishment to just be included in the final 16 teams that are invited to the championship round,” said Dr. Willie Redmond, professor of economics, director of Southeast’s International Business Programs, team coach and adviser.

Members of the 2019 Southeast team are Caleb Heisserer, a senior finance major from Cape Girardeau; Michael Keusenkothen, a senior finance major from St. Louis; Michelle Pulliam, a junior international business major from St. Peters, Missouri; and Cooper Rentfro, a senior finance major from Dallas, Texas.

The team also received additional assistance and guidance from first-year business administration graduate student Sarah Monteiro from Jackson, Missouri, who participated in the 2018 competition in Guatemala.

In the finals, Southeast will compete against the other top 15 teams in a “world cup” style tournament, completing a different case against a different team each day and sometimes presenting two cases per day. The teams will have three or four hours, depending on the day, to prepare their presentations. During this stage, students are isolated in a room and given a business case to solve with only four reference books and no internet access. At the end of this period, they must immediately make a 20-minute presentation of their solution to a panel of judges, just as a consultant would do for a client. The judges then conduct a 10-minute question-and-answer period, followed by the declaration of that round’s winner.

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