For the third year in a row, a team from Pitt’s Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business has placed first at the Global Supply Chain Management Initiative Case Competition at Purdue University.
Katz MBA students Sarthak Arora, Anthony Perry, Faizan Saadullah, Shubham Kishore and Rohit Dubey made up this year’s winning team. They used 2019 World Economic Data to develop a strategic sourcing model for generating sustainable profits in adverse times, such as the current COVID-19 outbreak.
“The case competition was designed to build an optimization model to arrive at a profit maximization solution for Global Widget—a manufacturing company with operations in China, Turkey, Mexico and the U.S.,” said Arora.
“Our team had to consider the different variability in the production capacity, customer demand, currency exchange rates and governmental policies such as trade wars between different countries at each location.”