An RMIT MBA Executive student has won the best team player award during the International Graduate Competition (IGC) in Montreal.
Mick Davies was part of a team of students from the University’s Graduate School of Business and Law who recently competed at the prestigious IGC, hosted by ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC) Montreal, in Canada. He came away with the best team player award.
The team, consisting of Jennifer Dorward, Davies, James Natsis and Jamie Bartie travelled to Montreal as Team RMIT. They were tasked with functional responsibilities for public relations, economics/public policy, organisational behaviour and entrepreneurship.
Davies said while he was honoured to win the award, his team-mates would not have been far behind in the voting.
“Our RMIT MBA (Executive) program has given us a strong grounding in how to work collaboratively in teams and empathise with the concerns of diverse stakeholders and this shone through,” he said.
“We learnt a vast amount in a short period of time and our team benefitted greatly from closely observing our competitors. We saw world's best practice in action.
"In addition to our RMIT training we had another secret weapon - packets of Tim Tam biscuits we brought with us from Australia. These really helped us build relationships."
RMIT will compete in HEC Montreal's International Graduate Competition again in 2016.
Now in its fourth year, the IGC attracted a select field of eight teams from top business schools on four continents. RMIT competed with the host university HEC Montreal, Concordia University's John Molson Business School and the University of Florida from North America; Brazil's Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Rio Grande do Sul; and from Europe, Copenhagen Business School, Ireland's University College Cork and HEC Lausanne from Switzerland.
RMIT team coach and Industry Fellow David Goodwin said the IGC employed a unique "coopetition" approach.
“Participants initially work in cross-university functional groups to understand a complex business problem, in cooperation with their counterparts from rival teams,” he said.
“Then, the members of each university team come together and move into competitive mode. They develop a detailed consultant report and presentation slides and engage in an open bidding process, where they outline their key findings and potential solutions in a 10-minute pitch to the competition judges, and later present their detailed analysis and recommendations to company representatives.
"The key phase of the competition takes place over a concentrated period of 48 hours. Within that intense timeframe teams have to come to grips with a set of complex facts and a range of theories and business model options.
“They get to interview representatives from the client firm and other stakeholders and they must identify key priorities, weigh the benefits of various options and address risks."
Competitors are assessed on the depth of analysis for each individual case, the soundness of their integrated solution, and the quality of their written report and oral presentations.
"Our team showed themselves to be strong competitors and outstanding collaborators," Goodwin said.