February 6, 2023
Poets & Quants recently published an article featuring Greg Stroller, Senior Lecturer, discussing his successes in coaching case competitions.
Stroller is known to be one of the most open and interactive people, but not when it comes to disclosing information about case competitions. His secret cheat sheet to help prepare MBA students for case competitions derives from his unwillingness to let anyone outside Questrom know what advice he provides students to give them an edge in such contests. Over the past year, he has coached 42 case competition teams, 21 of them at the graduate level and 21 at the undergraduate level. Evidence of his success is all over his office in the form of trophies and certificates. Last week a Questrom team of five MBA students came back from the invitation-only global Kellogg Healthcare & Biotech Case Competition with an honorable mention. He states,
“Cases force students to synthesize material from different disciplines… Judges are looking for real-life recommendations, not pie-in-the-sky theories… What wins are ideas that are the most practical for a company. It’s all about whether a company can find utility in the idea”.