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What happens when the sustainable agriculture company Monsanto and Washington University’s Olin Business School partner to create an exceptional developmental experience for graduate business students?

You get the Monsanto Olin Case Competition (MOCC), an opportunity for ten teams from across the country to come together for the third annual competition on Feb. 8, 2018. Through an affiliation with Olin’s Boeing Center for Supply Chain Innovation (BCSCI), this year’s case will challenge participating teams to present thoughtful and strategic solutions to a global supply chain and technology management problem. The student leadership from Olin’s Supply Chain & Operations Association (SCOPA) has already proven invaluable.

Participation in the case competition will include a tour of Monsanto’s Chesterfield campus, a panel, and a reception on Tuesday, February 7—a great precursor to the next day’s competition. Prize money will be $10,000 for first place, $5,000 for second place; and $2,500 for third place.

Teams have until December 11, 2017, to register and submit Round 1 materials. For more information, go to www.olin.wustl.edu/mocc. For questions, contact MOCC@wustl.edu.

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Washington University’s Olin Business School was proud to host the second annual Monsanto Olin Supply Chain Case Competition on Friday, February 3. Teams from top business schools across the country competed for bragging rights and the $10,000 grand prize. Participating universities included Michigan State University, the University of Washington, Johns Hopkins University, the University of Maryland, the University of Minnesota, the University of Missouri, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Washington University in St. Louis, and last year’s champs, Texas Christian University. After much deliberation, the judges decided that UNC had delivered the top overall presentation, with second place going to WashU, and third place to Mizzou.

The competition was designed to give graduate students an opportunity to provide innovative business solutions to a case study written about Monsanto’s seed corn supply chain. Monsanto’s motivation for holding the competition was to foster and attract more supply chain management talent to work on food supply chain solutions for an ever-growing world. Monsanto’s Global Customer Care team, led by Mario Morhy and Marcelle Pires, was very pleased with all presentations and impressed by the level of talent and insight displayed by the teams.

1st Place $10,000:  University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill
2nd Place $5000:  Washington University, Team Olin :Tom Siepman, Serena Chen, Ravi Balu and Samantha Feng
3rd Place $2500:  University of Missouri- Columbia

The case study used for the competition, titled “Monsanto Company: Production & Inventory Planning Challenges in Seed Corn Supply Chains,” was written by WashU’s Panos Kouvelis, Emerson Distinguished Professor of Operations and Manufacturing Management and director of The Boeing Center for Supply Chain Innovation. The competition was administered by Olin Business School’s graduate programs office, with Associate Dean Joe Fox acting as the master of ceremonies and his team, including Sarah Miller and Laura Fogarty, providing strong logistical support.

On behalf of the Olin community, The Boeing Center congratulates the UNC team on their victory and thanks all those who helped make this year’s case competition a great success!

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MBA team at Tulane 2016 Case Competition

For the second straight year Olin went south to New Orleans and returned as the conquering heroes.  The team of Zhongxing Zhang, Jonathan Hum, Dylan Faust, and Tom Siepman (all Olin MBA Class of 2017) took first place in the Rolanette and Berdon Lawrence Case Competition at Tulane University.  It is now clear to all: Olin rules in New Orleans.

The 20th annual Tulane case competition challenges student teams with analyzing a real-world finance case and then presenting their recommendations to a panel of finance professionals charged with selecting the top presentations.

The sponsors and founders are Rolanette and Berdon Lawrence.  Berdon founded a tank barge company, Hollywood Marine, which eventually merged with Kirby Corporation, where he later served as Chairman of the Board before retiring in 2010.

The judges were Casey Herman, a partner at PWC; Joe Agular, a partner at Johnson Rice & Co., an energy investment firm; and Chris Conoscenti, a Managing Director at Credit Suisse’s Oil & Gas investment banking group.

The runner up was Tulane and third place was University of South Carolina. Other teams competing included UNC, Vanderbilt, UT Dallas, and SMU.

Next year will be a chance for the coveted “three-peat”.

Five teams from business schools around the country competed for the $10,000 first prize in the first annual Monsanto-Olin Case Competition on February 12. The competition was designed to give graduate students an opportunity to provide innovative business solutions to a case study written about Monsanto’s seed corn supply chain. Participating teams represented:Texas Christian University, Rollins College, the University of Missouri, Pennsylvania State University, and Washington University.


Team Olin came home with a first place victory from the 19th Annual Rolanette and Berdon Lawrence Finance Case Competition hosted by Tulane University’s Freeman School of Business, April 17, 2015.

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MBA students Ajay Shah, Yukun (Echo) Jia, Ameen Aftab, and Carrie Zhang.

After several years of strong showings for the Olin team at this competition – it turned out that 2015 was the breakthrough year! Congratulations to our team of four MBA students Ajay Shah, Yukun (Echo) Jia, Ameen Aftab, and Carrie Zhang.

The University of North Carolina earned second place and a prize of $5,000, and host Tulane University took home the third-place prize of $3,000. Also participating in this year’s competition were Rice University, University of South Carolina, University of Texas – Dallas and Vanderbilt University.



Yale ILCC 2nd PlaceA group of our Global Masters of Finance-Yonsei students captured second place in the Yale School of Management Integrated Leadership Case Competition. The team traveled from Seoul, Korea to New Haven, Connecticut for this competition, held April 10-12, 2015 at Yale University.

Congratulations to: Shibo Yu, Huilin Liu, Sim Wei Zhi Martin, Yuan Hou. Team Olin was up against MBA students from 14 top schools from the US including Carnegie Mellon Tepper, UC Berkeley Hass and Yale SOM and from around the world (e.g. HKUST and Renmin University). The team sent this message:

“On the first day of competition, we were given seven hours to solve a raw business case, and prepare a 20 minute presentation. We faithfully executed our game plan and presented in front of two judges (e.g. a consultant and a Yale Faculty). With seven hours of hard work and good luck, we successfully broke into the final round and were against UC Berkeley and HKUST. In the final presentation, we presented a proposed growth strategy from multifaceted perspectives and claimed 2nd place.”

FisherAnother MBA team from Olin recently placed third in the Fisher Invitational Case Competition at The Ohio State University. We are very proud of Team Olin for making it to the finals of this national competition. Congratulations to: Palma Bordan, Iskandar Adilov, Sahit Garapati, Neeraj George (pictured above). Sahit was named to the “all tournament” team in the category of best Q&A player. I guess that ICE week prep must have finally paid off!

The 23rd edition of the Fisher Invitational Case Competition took place April 9 -11, 2015.
Schools with MBA teams competing in this year’s invitational included:

The Ohio State University
University of Maryland
Michigan State University
University of Minnesota
Penn State University
University of Nebraska
Purdue University
University of Rochester
University of Illinois
Washington University in St. Louis
University of Iowa

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