Full-Time MBA team analyzed Whirlpool's supply chain, bested 26 rivals.

The team of Full-Time MBA students Robert Bradley, Jack McQuiston, John Holt, Thomas Garretson, and James Bauman placed second in the Global Operations Case Competition hosted by the Tauber Institute for Global Operations at the Ross School of Business.

For the competition, 28 teams were asked to analyze Whirlpool's supply chain and how the concept of postponement could benefit the company. Five teams representing the Haas School of Business, Kellogg School of Management, Krannert School of Management, Smith School of Business, and the Carlson School were invited to Ann Arbor, Mich. to present to their recommendations to a panel from Whirlpool Corporation and Ricardo Strategic Consulting.

"We knew that our recommendations were solid, but we did not get a hard number for results," says McQuiston. "Instead we focused on the products and designs. We thought the judges would penalize us for that, but a few judges actually liked that quite a bit."

In a split decision, the judges awarded first place to the Krannert School team. The Carlson School claimed the second-place prize of $1,500 and the Kellogg School finished third.

"It was a lot of work, a lot of fun, and a great experience," adds Bradley.