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Liz Warren-Pederson
Eller College of Management

Eller MBA among blue-chips selected for business competition

12 business schools vie for cash prizes at Boston University technology strategy event

TUCSON, Ariz. – MARCH 23, 2007 – A team of MBA students from the Eller College of Management has been invited to participate in the Second Annual International Tech Strategy Business Case Competition hosted March 29–31 by the Boston University School of Management. Twelve of the world’s leading business schools will gather in Boston, Mass. ― eight United States and four international teams ― and have 24 hours to build a business case that addresses seamless mobility.

“This unique international competition recognizes some of the up-and-coming MBA strategists who understand the transformative power of technology in business around the world at all levels. Future business leaders must be proficient in employing technology for both operational and strategic advantage. This competition provides the students exposure to highly placed technology and telecom executives,” said Louis E. Lataif, dean of the Boston University School of Management.

The Eller MBA team of Spencer Jarvis, Blake Owens, Brandon Quijada, and Ben Sample prevailed in an internal competition earlier this year, earning them the trip to Boston. The team is coached by Eller College faculty members Shyam Jha, director of executive education, Diza Sauers, assistant director of business communications, and Jim Haleem, retired Motorola executive and part-time Eller College lecturer.

“Being selected to participate in this particular competition speaks highly of the Eller MBA program’s focus on innovation and technology,” said Brent Chrite, associate dean and Eller MBA director. “Eller MBA students are provided many opportunities to participate in action-oriented educational experiences like this one. Business competitions of this caliber immerse students in the complexities of real-world issues and pit them head-to-head with the top talent in the world.”

The Motorola Foundation is sponsoring this event for the second time, offering a total prize package of $45,000. “We are excited about the opportunity to participate in this prestigious event,” said Sample. “However, we aren’t satisfied by the invitation alone, our goal is to win the competition.”

In addition to the Eller College of Management and the Boston University School of Management, the ten other business schools selected to compete include Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business; Indian Institute of Management (India); Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University; Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill; London Business School (England); McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin; Queens School of Business (Canada); Seoul National University (Korea); Sloan School of Management at Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

The Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona is internationally recognized for pioneering research, innovative curriculum, distinguished faculty, excellence in management information systems, entrepreneurship, and social responsibility. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller undergraduate program No. 11 among public business schools and two of its programs are among the top 20 — Entrepreneurship and MIS. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller MBA Full-Time program No. 48 in the U.S. In addition to a Full-Time MBA program, the Eller College offers the No. 25-ranked Evening MBA program, the Eller Executive MBA and the Online MBA. The Eller College of Management supports more than 5,800 undergraduate and 800 graduate students on the UA campus in beautiful Tucson, Arizona, and on its satellite campus in downtown Phoenix.

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Liz Warren-Pederson, Eller College of Management

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