Miami University wins 12th annual GM/WSU Supply Chain Case Competition

The student supply chain team from Miami University’s Farmer School of Business was named champion of the 12th annual General Motors/Wayne State University Supply Chain Case Competition, held at the Detroit Renaissance Center Marriott Oct. 6-8, 2022.

This year’s 19-school competition involved mitigating and overcoming supply chain constraints that have rippled through the value stream for heated seat components in the Cadillac LYRIQ. Teams from as far away as Mexico competed for the top prize, the Bill Hurles Trophy, and international bragging rights.

Kevin Ketels, case competition faculty lead and global supply chain management assistant professor of teaching at Wayne State’s Mike Ilitch School of Business, said, “We welcomed students to Detroit from top universities to have a great learning experience and network with executives from the automotive industry. We thank our sponsors and volunteers for a successful competition and for helping to make memories that will last a lifetime.”

The winning team from Miami University's Farmer School of Business

The student teams were divided into four groups and participated in an initial regional round of competition. The winning first-round teams received a case twist and prepared a second presentation for the competition’s final round.

The Miami University team earned top honors, besting finalists from Central Michigan University, University of Northern Iowa and Tecnológico de Monterrey (Mexico).

The naming sponsor of the event is General Motors, along with the Mike Ilitch School of Business. Other major sponsors include Bose, Lear, Ryder, DENSO, AGC and the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG).

More than 920 students have competed in the GM/WSU Supply Chain Case Competition over the last 12 years. View photos from this year’s competition on our Flickr page.

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