Created by: Katie Smith, 2012-2013 Career Advising Fellow
Last Friday, in collaboration with the Student Professional Development Center, eight Elon alumni from Deloitte Consulting visited the Elon campus to lead and judge a Case Competition for current students. Six interdisciplinary undergraduate student teams wrote proposals, analyzed business challenges, and designed innovative solutions to present strategies in a simulated real-world client scenario. The featured case focused on the current financial challenges of the United States Postal Service and teams presented unique and creative solutions that included privatization, kiosk services, more efficient delivery strategies, reward programs, and more.
Case competitions give students an opportunity to practice their analytical, teamwork, and presentation skills under the observation and support of consulting professionals who can, in turn, provide advice relevant to working with actual clients in the professional realm. While case projects and competitions are common to in business schools, the Deloitte Case Competition challenged students to build teams across schools and majors and to take an interdisciplinary approach to creating solutions for a looming national issue.
The winning team, a team of four undergraduate students, will move forward in the competition. The team will travel to Washington DC and present their case solution to Deloitte executives in competition with other undergraduates from across the country.