Published on January 13, 2010 by Kara Kennedy  
Posted by Kara Kennedy on 2010-11-17
Four MBA students from Samford University’s Brock School of Business were selected earlier this month to compete in a national case writing competition.  The competition, sponsored by Baylor University, will be hosted by the U.S. Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE), the largest independent, professional, academic organization in the world focused on advancing entrepreneurship, during its national conference in Hilton Head, South Carolina in January. Devon Bagwell, Noel Dowling, Will Satterfield, and Heather Williams wrote their case, “Alabama Air Shuttle:  Fight or Flight,” under the supervision of Charles (Chad) Carson, Associate Professor of Management in the Brock School, during an elective Entrepreneurship course last summer.  As part of the course, students conducted research on a small business and then wrote a case study detailing the current situation along with an instructor’s guide recommending what the business should do in the future. “We are extremely grateful for this recognition,” said Carson.  “We are increasing our emphasis on entrepreneurship in our MBA program, and having a team selected as a finalist the first time we enter a national case writing competition, especially one with an entrepreneurship focus, is very encouraging.  The students have worked very hard on their projects, so we’re very pleased their efforts have paid off.  We’re looking forward to their presentation at the USASBE Conference.” The case was selected from more than two dozen submissions from universities around the world, including Cornell University, Iowa State University, Louisiana State University, University of Colorado at Boulder, University of Windsor-Ontario, and IBS Center for Management Research-India.
“We are obviously thrilled that our students have been selected from a field that includes several elite universities,” said James Reburn, acting dean of the Brock School of Business.  “We work very hard in our graduate programs to hone students’ analytical, conceptual, and communication skills, and this recognition shows they can compete on an international level.” To become eligible for the competition, cases had to focus on entrepreneurship issues in new, small, family, or large businesses. Winning cases will be announced January 16, 2011 with cash prizes of $2,000 for first, $1,000 for second, and $500 for third place, respectively.
Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 66th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 104th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,683 students from 47 states and 19 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.