April 14, 2009

By Roey Gilberg

LOS ANGELES -- Queen's School of Business (Toronto, Canada) earned the grand prize of $25,000 in the second annual Global Business Leadership Competition (GBLC) held earlier this month on the UCLA Anderson campus. This year's runner-up was the National University of Singapore Business School, which earned the $10,000 prize, while University of Chicago's Booth School of Business earned the $5,000 third prize. Queen's School of business was runner-up in 2008's inaugural competition.

The GBLC is a two-day event that pits five-member teams representing top business schools from around the world (including UCLA Anderson) against each other. The competition gives students the opportunity to demonstrate and develop their leadership abilities, and provides a venue for students, academics, and prominent business leaders to network and share ideas.

During the competition itself, students tackled real-life business cases, presenting their recommendations in a series of modules while fielding questions from panels of distinguished business leaders serving as judges. The judges selected four finalists from the twelve participating teams, naming the Recanati Graduate School of Business (Tel Aviv, Israel) along with the three prize-winners. The finalists then delivered their third case presentation for a second time, which asked them to propose a new organizational structure for BIG Entertainment, a diversified international media and entertainment company.

Living up to its name, the GBLC is truly global in scope, with nine countries represented among this year's twelve competing schools. In addition to the four finalists, participants included the Fudan University School of Management (Shanghai, China), HEC School of Management (Paris, France), Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Business School (Hong Kong SAR), Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico (Mexico City, Mexico), London Business School (London, England), Peking University Guanghua School of Management (Beijing, China), Seoul National University (Seoul, South Korea), and the UCLA Anderson team.

Capping off the event on Saturday evening was keynote speaker Jeffrey Berg, Chairman and CEO of International Creative Management, Inc., a talent and literary agency. Berg is also a member of the UCLA Anderson Board of Visitors. Friday's lunchtime keynote address was delivered by Amit Tripathi, President and CEO of Pyxix Corporation, a global media company.

The event was organized and implemented by a crew of Anderson student volunteers, including Meera Damle ('09), the lead student coordinator. She was joined on the Student Planning Committee by Tulika Kundu ('09), Aimee Fox ('09), Chris Kachel ('09), Ardelle Potter ('09), Neha Kapedia ('09, Lan Ta ('09) and Nina Pelham ('10).

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