Katz Wins Big at Purdue Case Competition (Again)


For the third year in a row, the University of Pittsburgh Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business earned the number one spot at the Global Supply Chain Management Initiative Case Competition at Purdue University.

The winning team was made up of five Katz MBA students—Sarthak Arora, Anthony Perry, Faizan Saadullah, Shubham Kishore, and Rohit Dubey.

“The case competition was designed to build an optimization model to arrive at a profit maximization solution for Global Widget—a manufacturing company with operations in China, Turkey, Mexico, and the U.S.,” says Arora. “Our team had to consider the different variability in the production capacity, customer demand, currency exchange rates, and governmental policies such as trade wars between different countries at each location.”

The Katz team developed a strategic sourcing model to help companies generate sustainable profits during adverse times, such as the current COVID-19 international outbreak. Their model was developed using World Economic Data from 2019 and gave innovative recommendations for alternate production locations and implementation plans.

“Our team worked very hard to differentiate ourselves from all aspects in the case,” says Arora. “I’m really proud of this feat and recognition.”

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