A team of under­grad­uate stu­dents from North­eastern University’s Col­lege of Busi­ness Admin­is­tra­tion took first place in the Stock­holm School of Eco­nomics (SSE) Inter­na­tional Case Com­pe­ti­tion last week. North­eastern com­peted against teams from 11 leading inter­na­tional busi­ness schools, including the London School of Eco­nomics, New York Uni­ver­sity, Hong Kong Uni­ver­sity of Sci­ence and Tech­nology, and SSE.

Launched as a new ini­tia­tive in con­junc­tion with SSE’s 100th anniver­sary, the com­pe­ti­tion focused on DeLaval, a more-​​than-​​century-​​old Swedish multi­na­tional enter­prise rec­og­nized for its dom­i­nant market posi­tion in high-​​tech robotic solu­tions for dairy farming.

The three-​​day event included a visit to a DeLaval farm, where stu­dents heard from a com­pany exec­u­tive and learned about the dairy farming busi­ness. Com­pe­ti­tion began on the second day, with 24 hours to pre­pare pre­sen­ta­tions for two rounds of competition.

The win­ning team of North­eastern stu­dents included Matthew Eaton, Brian Lin­de­baum, Cory Ren­zella and Claire Ryan.

Fifth con­sec­u­tive win for another North­eastern team
The SSE win comes on the heels of Northeastern’s fifth con­sec­u­tive vic­tory in the B-​​School Beanpot Case Analysis Com­pe­ti­tion. Com­peting against teams from seven Boston-​​area busi­ness schools, North­eastern main­tained its dom­i­nance, having now won six of the last seven and 10 of the com­pe­ti­tions since the Beanpot tour­na­ment started in 1997.

The annual B-​​School Beanpot com­pe­ti­tion brings together teams of under­grad­uate busi­ness stu­dents to com­pete for top honors. During the intense, 12-​​hour event, stu­dents battle the clock and each other to develop the best solu­tion to a cur­rent busi­ness challenge.

Our repeated suc­cess in the Beanpot has given us the oppor­tu­nity to com­pete in both national and inter­na­tional busi­ness school com­pe­ti­tions,” said Ray Kin­nunen, asso­ciate pro­fessor of inter­na­tional man­age­ment and strategy and fac­ulty coach of Northeastern’s case analysis teams. “Though four stu­dents com­peted, we could not have won the SSE Inter­na­tional Case Com­pe­ti­tion without all 10 of the team members.”

This year’s com­pe­ti­tion focused on strategic deci­sions at eHar­mony, as teams tried to craft the best approach to keep the com­pany com­pet­i­tive. Northeastern’s win­ning team com­peted with teams from Babson Col­lege, Bentley Uni­ver­sity, Boston Uni­ver­sity School of Man­age­ment, Bryant Uni­ver­sity Col­lege of Busi­ness, Mer­ri­mack Col­lege Girard School of Busi­ness and Inter­na­tional Com­merce, Suf­folk Uni­ver­sity Sawyer Busi­ness School and Uni­ver­sity of Mass­a­chu­setts Boston Col­lege of Management.

Team mem­bers from the Col­lege of Busi­ness Admin­is­tra­tion included Josef M. Alves, Jill Cam­paniello, Richard Collins, Matthew Eaton, Dana Lauro, Brian Lepley, Brian Lin­den­baum, Cory Ren­zella, Claire Ryan and Michael Shafik.

Under­grad­uate busi­ness pro­grams rank high
Northeastern’s under­grad­uate busi­ness pro­gram was recently ranked No. 27 in the U.S. by “Busi­ness­Week” mag­a­zine. The mag­a­zine also ranked North­eastern No. 1 in the intern­ship cat­e­gory and gave it an A+ for job place­ment. This recog­ni­tion fol­lows a new ranking by “Entre­pre­neur­ship Mag­a­zine” and “The Princeton Review” that listed Northeastern’s under­grad­uate entre­pre­neur­ship pro­gram 14th in the country and 2nd in New England.