The Global Business Case Competition, run by Tiger Management LLC and Crimson Education, challenges pupils to review business scenarios and apply strategic analysis in order to develop innovative solutions.
John Wang, Henry Xu, Patrick Cahill and Jack Yin (V) won the national rounds in July and secured a place in the international competition in Canberra on 4 and 5 August. The boys faced difficult competition. The case required analysis on a much broader scale, asking competitors to identify one company from the ‘Furious Five’ smartphone brands in China (Huawei, Xiaomi, Oppo, Vivo and Lenovo) and present strategies to ensure it becomes the leading one in the group. As Huawei had a strong competitive advantage in the form of market presence, solid fundamentals and a diversified business model, it became their choice of company. After 24 gruelling hours to research and prepare the case, they presented their findings to a panel of adjudicators from banking and consulting backgrounds.
Their proposal was a re-branding and consumer outreach programme aimed at education on advanced, yet unknown aspects of Huawei’s business. Additionally, they prepared a restructuring of HR to maximise labour productivity. Ultimately, the boys’ use of creative solutions, presentation and a granular approach to financial modelling, allowed the team to take the silver medal.
John Wang (V)