2018 TLA & RMA Business Case Simulation

Check back in Early 2018 for details about our next Business Case Simulation! Feel free to read the excerpt below to hear about our successful event this past year.


2017 TLA & RMA Business Case Simulation

This year, TLA teamed up with the Risk Management Association to provide students the opportunity to participate in a case competition that tested their business acumen, technical skills, and leadership ability. The 2017 TLA & RMA Business Case Simulation took place on Friday, April 7th throughout the Fisher College of Business campus. The case, developed by DHL Supply Chain, focused on the operations and business distribution plan of their locally managed Toys "R" Us distribution center. All participants and TLA members had the opportunity to visit the distribution center the previous week to go over current business continuity plans and tour the facility. Participants individually registered to participate and were broken up into seven teams between graduate and undergraduate divisions. Being teamed up with random participants forced our students to exhibit effective teamwork, communication, and leadership skills. After being introduced to the case by a team of ten DHL employees, students had the next hour to learn about each other‟s skillsets in order to effectively assign job roles required by the case. Following this break-in period, a team consisting of Fisher staff and faculty and DHL employees, served as coaches to the teams, providing feedback and occasionally dropping major curveballs to the already challenging case. The added unexpected twists forced participants to adapt concurrently to a rapidly developing crisis situation After several hours of building a continuity plan for various business disciplines including Supply Chain Management, Operations, Risk Management, Finance, and Human Resources, teams presented their recommendations to a board of judges comprising of Fisher professors and DHL Executives. The presentations were immediately followed up with difficult Q&A sessions that forced the teams to think on their feet. After the presentations concluded, the judges tallied their score sheets and ranked the teams accordingly. The award ceremony provided feedback to the participants from the judges and coaches, and over $3,000 in prize money was awarded. We hope the 2017 TLA & RMA Business Case Simulation provided a transformational experience to all participants that honed their critical thinking and interpersonal skills through experiential learning. For more information about last years event, download the TLA Pipelines.

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