April 02, 2008

LOS ANGELES -- UCLA Anderson School of Management will present their inaugural Global Business Leadership Competition (GBLC) on April 11-12, 2008. The event is a unique forum designed to foster leadership thinking in today's global economy. While there are many MBA competitions worldwide, the UCLA Anderson GBLC is the first case competition that brings international students, speakers, and industry leaders together to tackle business leadership challenges from a global perspective.

"In today's global marketplace where news, challenges and opportunities materialize in minutes rather than days or months, effective leaders must have an unprecedented range of talents," says UCLA Anderson Dean Judy Olian. "Our vision for the GBLC is to expose and test future leaders across several distinct leadership decision quandaries and crisis situations. That's what leadership is about, and it will be particularly intriguing to observe teams from around the globe as they approach these distinct leadership challenges."

Held at UCLA Anderson School of Management, the GBLC will showcase the leadership acumen of MBA students representing 18 elite management schools from around the globe. Extending beyond the traditional business case competition, GBLC student teams will address situations and dilemmas facing today's global leaders through various interactive, task-oriented scenarios designed to simulate real-world leadership challenges. Although the GLBC will recognize teams and individuals who demonstrate outstanding leadership skills, another important goal of the competition is to provide students from divergent backgrounds the opportunity to share their distinctive visions of leadership.

"The GBLC is important from both competitive and developmental perspectives," says David Lewin, GBLC Faculty Lead and Neil H. Jacoby Chair in Management at UCLA Anderson School of Management.  "Not only will MBA students from all over the world be demonstrating and applying their knowledge of leadership concepts to specific decision situations, they will be sharing their leadership perspectives with each other in a unique learning community and thereby further enhance their leadership knowledge and capability."

Organized by a team of UCLA Anderson students under the guidance of Professor Lewin, the two-day event consists of three competition modules and a culminating leadership case challenge. Based on the combined score of team participants' "points" and the final case challenge, schools will be ranked for their excellence in the GBLC and prize money will be awarded accordingly: $25,000 First Prize, $10,000 Second Prize, $5000 Third Prize.  A distinguished lineup of industry and academic leaders will serve as competition judges and keynote speakers, sharing their personal experiences and applications of leadership.

Positioned to serve as a nexus for educational exchange, the GBLC stands as an example of UCLA Anderson's dedication to advancing global leadership. Not only will students have the chance to learn from each other as they challenge their leadership skills, but participants will benefit from choice networking opportunities, as well.  An official resume book of student participants will be distributed to the GBLC judges and sponsors, giving them immediate access to an elite group of future global business leaders. This year's sponsors include Amgen, Panda Restaurant Group and UCLA Anderson's Center for International Business Education & Research (CIBER). 

Visit the GBLC Website.

About UCLA Anderson School of Management
UCLA Anderson School of Management, established in 1935, is regarded among the very best business schools in the world.  UCLA Anderson faculty are ranked #1 in "Intellectual Capital" by BusinessWeek and are renowned for their teaching excellence and research in advancing management thinking. Furthermore, the finance faculty is ranked #1 in research publications in the four leading peer-reviewed journals by the Financial Management Association. Each year, UCLA Anderson provides management education to more than 1,600 students enrolled in MBA, Executive MBA, Fully-Employed MBA and doctoral programs, and to more than 2,000 professional managers through executive education programs.  Combining highly selective admissions, varied and innovative learning programs, and a world-wide network of 35,000 alumni, UCLA Anderson develops and prepares global leaders.

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