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GMBA Candidate Shines in Walmart Business Case Competition

The “Globetrotters” case competition team (from left to right): Alex Garcia, University of Illinois; Vipul Chawla, University of Connecticut School of Business; Kevin Estes, University of Notre Dame; Kirstin Gunderson, GWSB; and Chris Cochran, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University.

GWSB Global MBA candidate Kirstin Gunderson and a team of fellow students earned high marks in a recent business case competition hosted by the New Professionals Advisory Council at Walmart.  Gunderson, a summer leadership intern at the retail giant, and the “Globetrotters” – the only all-intern team in the first annual competition, placed second out of 29 teams representing more than 170 Walmart associates.  In reaching the finals, the Globetrotters had the opportunity to present their concept to a panel of Walmart executives and senior leaders.

The business case competition provided an opportunity to solve a real-world business issue for the company.  Teams were given one week to develop a recommendation for the business issue, and finalists presented at the Walmart Home Office Auditorium in Bentonville, Ark.  The Globetrotters were assigned a case question that asked the team to describe the possible role of retailers in addressing the increasing demand for affordable health care services.

“Walmart has challenged me to think critically about how we can use the strengths of the business to deliver on broader goals like delivering healthy food, working with the supply chain to reduce the environmental impact of our products, and addressing key social concerns like access to affordable health care services,” Gunderson said.  “The education I received in my first year at GWSB prepared me to apply a more global strategic lens to my work at Walmart.  I have been able to use both the quantitative and qualitative skills I honed at the School of Business.”

Gunderson is interning with Walmart’s Corporate Sustainability team, working to help the company achieve its public goal of reducing 20 million metric tons of greenhouse gases from its supply chain.  Gunderson is focusing on corporate strategy and environmental management in her GMBA program at GWSB.  She is president of GWSB Net Impact, an organization representing “a new generation of leaders spanning sectors and industries who are putting their business skills to work for a better world.”





Posted by gwsb on August 2, 2011 | Filed under: GWSB News.

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