2014 Costa Mesa

Ninety-eight (98) students from 12 different schools competed as 22 teams in the APICS West Coast 8th Annual Student Case Competition on February 21-22, 2014 in Costa Mesa, California. This event was hosted by the APICS Southwest District and coincided with the district meeting. As in previous years, there were two separate divisions – a Graduate and an Undergraduate division.Twelve (12) teams competed in the graduate division, and 10 teams in the Undergraduate division.

Thunderbird School of Global Management (Team 18) took first place in the Graduate Division. Second place was awarded to the University of Portland (Team 10).

San Diego State University (Team 12) took first place in the Undergraduate Division. Second place was awarded to California State University, San Marcos (Team 21).

Thunderbird School of Global Management (Team 18) received the highest score out of the two divisions and will be invited to compete at a case competition at the APICS International Conference & Expo in New Orleans, LA in October.

Students were given the case problem at approximately 9 a.m. on Friday morning by case author Nick Little, from Michigan State University At 4 p.m. that same day they submitted an executive summary case solution and PowerPoint presentation. All teams presented Friday evening to determine the top two teams from each division that would compete in the final round of judging Saturday morning. Saturday's finalists, in addition to presenting their solutions again, were faced with Q&A from the audience. This was a new aspect for this year's competition.The judges for the final round were the chapter leaders of the Southwest District.

The case was based on a real automotive supplier that was seeking recommendations for a plant turnaround for their Reynosa, MX plant that was losing $1M/month, primarily because of supply chain issues. Students took on the role of a consultant organization and presented their recommendations on how to stop the "bleeding".  Students competed for cash awards provided by the chapters of the Southwest, Pacific Western, and Terra Grande Districts.

Teams are listed below and color-coded by District. Southwest, Pacific Western, & Terra Grande

Undergraduate Teams        

Team 1 - Sam Houston State University

Team 3 - California State University, San Bernardino

Team 6 - University of San Diego

Team 8 - University of Portland

Team 12 - San Diego State University (1st place winner)

Team 15 - Universidad Autonoma de Cuidad Juarez

Team 16 - California Polytechnic University Pomona

Team 17 - California State University, Northridge

Team 19 - California Polytechnic University Pomona

Team 21 - California State University, San Marcos (2nd place winner)


Graduate Teams

Team 2 - University of San Diego

Team 4 - San Diego State University

Team 5 - California State University, San Bernardino

Team 7 - University of San Diego

Team 9 - University of Portland

Team 10 - University of Portland (2nd Place winner)

Team 11- Thunderbird School of Global Management

Team 13 - University of Houston

Team 14 - University of Houston

Team 18 - Thunderbird School of Global Management (1st Place winner, invited to Conference)

Team 20 - University of Houston

Team 22 - HULT International Business School