Duke Energy Foundation Board grant establishes Inter-University Case Competition

September 2012

The Center for Business Excellence (CBE) at Miami University's Farmer School of Business is launching the Duke Energy/CBE Inter-University Case Competition during the 2012-13 academic year. This program has been funded by a $175,000 grant from the Duke Energy Foundation Board, in partnership with Duke Energy executives.

The Competition provides a valuable experiential learning opportunity for business and non-business students from Miami University, Indiana University and the University of Cincinnati. Student teams will be presented with an energy-related case and work under the guidance of faculty leaders, Duke Energy managers and directors to develop viable business strategies.

In April, 2013, the student teams will reconvene at Miami for a weekend-long event to present their solutions to Duke Energy executives and other business leaders. The winning teams will receive cash awards and will have the opportunity to interview for an internship with Duke Energy.

"Experiential learning programs such as this case competition are fundamental to the Farmer School educational experience" said Roger L. Jenkins, Dean and Mitchell P. Rales Chair in Business Leadership. "We value highly our partnership with Duke Energy and thank them for their generous support."

"This competition yields two key benefits. Duke Energy receives multiple strategic alternatives and insight from many of the brightest students in the tri-state area." CBE Co-Director Brian Ballou said. "Student participants learn how to approach complex business situations by combining their area of expertise with others. Understanding the benefit of diverse perspectives is a critical skill in an increasingly inter-connected business environment."

The grant from the Duke Energy Foundation Board is another achievement in The Miami University Campaign For Love and Honor, which has raised more than $455 million in support of Miami's priority needs.