The Monsanto-Olin Case Competition (MOCC) was an inter-college graduate case competition organized by Olin and sponsored by Monsanto, a publicly traded agrochemical company. The evening prior to the competition participants were invited to an event at Monsanto’ s headquarters, where they had the opportunity to meet Monsanto employees, engage in presentations, and enjoy a networking happy hour. This case competition was designed for MBA students interested in global supply chain and technology management in the agri-business environment. Olin faculty and Monsanto executives had put together a live case and were looking for students’ innovative, creative and insightful business solutions.
Over 40 schools were invited to compete in this particular competition, but only five were selected to present their live case. The final teams included the Penn State Smeal team, Texas Christian University Neeley School of Business, University of Missouri-Columbia Crosby MBA Program, Rollins College Crummer MBA, and the host, Washington University in St. Louis Olin Business School MBA.
As students with a concentration in supply chain, the case was highly valuable since we worked on real issues faced by the company. Doing this case was advantageous for us in two other ways as well – 1) we formed relations with the company and 2) we learned and improved our knowledge and skills from exposure to the field. The case completion helped us in broadening our business approach, connecting different areas that touch upon business, and improving our presentation skills. It also gave us real experience as management students by providing an opportunity to present directly to C-suite level professors (judges). In addition to the aforementioned advantages, the case completion taught us to collaborate. It is very interesting to see how four people of different backgrounds worked together to give an appeal to the project.