Business students sweep awards

June 10, 2004, vol. 30, no. 4
By Diane Luckow

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SFU business MBA teams took all three prizes at the second annual management of technology case competition sponsored by the Chief Information Officers Association of B.C. (CIOABC) and SAP Canada.

Eight teams competed from MBA programs at Simon Fraser University, University of B.C. and Royal Roads University in what was billed as the first and foremost graduate-level case competition in Western Canada. A specialist MBA, executive MBA and management of technology MBA team, all from SFU business, won.

The CIOABC case competition aims to create an awareness of current business issues facing managers who are trying to successfully implement and use information technologies in their organizations.

The students' first-round case analyses and recommendations were marked blind by CIAOBC and SAP representatives, who had no idea which universities the students attended.

Interestingly, the first prize winners of $5,000, SFU specialist MBA team Masud Chand, Majid Ghorbani, Avin Wadhwani and Vishal Raniga were not specializing in information technology for their degree program, but in marketing and international business.

The team won for their case analysis recommending that a hospital IT committee not proceed with an expensive information technology project on which they had already invested months of time and millions of dollars.

The SFU executive MBA team took the second prize of $3,000. Its members were Edwin Fok, Gary Rae, Russ Cork, Sean Kelly.

The SFU management of technology MBA team scooped the $2,000 third prize. Its members were Shan Satoglu, Abel Rauch, Jose Luck, Nelson Chan.

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