On November 13th, the MA-HRIR program welcomed students from around the world for the 2nd Annual International HR Case Competition. The event gave graduate students studying human resources a glimpse of international HR careers in the real world.
"The Carlson International Case Competition was an extraordinary experience for me,” says first-year HRIR student Michael Jacobs. “The lessons I learned over the course of the 72 hours or so with the members of my team as well as the members of the five other schools transcend any lesson I have learned in a classroom setting.”
Hosted by the Carlson School of Management, the case competition challenged participants to solve a real-world problem presented by sponsor LG Academy, whose President and CEO Michael Byungnam Lee, ’88 PhD-IR, kicked off the event with an encouraging welcome. The competition drew student teams from China, India, Canada and the United States, and provided participants and sponsors with multiple perspectives on how to solve a global HR challenge from students of different cultures, languages and backgrounds.
At the conclusion of the 3-day event, the Carlson School team took third place, while HEC Montreal’s finished in first place, and The Ohio State University’s earned second.
"This was my favorite experience of graduate school thus far," says Kelly Dahlman, first-year MA-HRIR student. "I enjoyed the opportunity to think on my feet, improve my presentation skills, and network with students from across the globe. I look forward to participating in the Case Competition again next year.”
Second-year MA-HRIR student Beth Reynolds liked that the competition gave her a chance to get to know students from other HR schools.
"I loved our interaction with these students as well as with sponsoring company employees,” Reynolds says. “Even though the process of developing HR recommendations and a presentation in less than 24 hours is stressful, I got really close to my team and had a lot of fun!"
In addition to LG Academy, other sponsors included Ford Motor Co., Johnson & Johnson, Land O’ Lakes, Eaton Corporation, GE, General Mills, HB Fuller and Ingersoll Rand. Sponsors provided financial support and resources for competitors.
“Being able to interact with the many wonderful sponsors was very special,” Jacobs says.
The Carlson School thanks all the sponsors, students and event staff that make the competition possible.