Weber State University wins 10th annual GM/WSU Supply Chain Case Competition

The student supply chain team from Weber State University’s Goddard School of Business and Economics was named champion of the 10th annual General Motors/Wayne State University Supply Chain Case Competition, held virtually Sept. 20-25, 2020.

This year’s 19-school competition addressing supply chain sustainability for the Chevrolet Corvette, Cadillac Escalade and GMC Hummer brought two international teams from The Netherlands and Poland. Seventeen domestic teams from as far away as Utah also competed for the top prize, the Bill Hurles trophy, and international bragging rights.

Tim Butler, case competition co-chair and associate professor of global supply chain management at Wayne State’s Mike Ilitch School of Business, said, “This year, we demonstrated student adaptability and agility by holding the competition virtually. Businesses are operating virtually in this pandemic, so it bodes well that our students can rise to the occasion.”

The teams were divided into five 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 Weber State team earned top honors, besting finalists from Central Michigan University, Iowa State University, Northern Iowa University and the University of North Dakota.

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

View images of the 2020 participating student teams on the Mike Ilitch School of Business Flickr page. View a video recap of the 2019 case competition on the Ilitch School’s YouTube page.

More than 800 students have competed in the GM/WSU Supply Chain Case Competition over the past 10 years.

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