Team Germany from WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management, Vallendar, has won the 2018 KPMG International Case Competition (KICC) held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, after beating tough competition from teams representing Switzerland and Vietnam.
All told, KICC attracted over 21,000 student applications, from 498 universities across 22 countries. Twenty-two teams of four competed head-to-head in the finals, presenting solutions to complex business challenges on the topics of innovation and the sharing economy.
“KICC challenges some of the most accomplished students in the world to apply their talents and capabilities to real-life business issues. It’s an intense week of competition and the students get to see the impact their ideas can have as they embark on their careers and grow into future business leaders,” said Susan Ferrier, Global Head of People, KPMG International. “The competition builds camaraderie and the students gain from the relationships they build with their fellow competitors from around the world.”
Students were evaluated on critical skills such as communications, analysis and reporting, innovation and agility to adapt in a fast-paced environment – incorporating feedback given to them by a panel of KPMG judges and coaches. In the final round of competition, the three finalist teams were tasked with developing a strategy for a Southeast Asian ride-sharing company that would create the greatest long-term value and sustainability for the business.
“KICC has been amazing and we are so excited and proud to be the 2018 Champions,” said Anna-Maria Gerk of the German team. “The competition is hard work, but we’ve learned so much and had a lot fun with our new friends from the other country teams. It has been a once in a lifetime experience.”
“Congratulations to this year’s champions, Anna-Maria Gerk, Felix Harms, Lukas Pauly and Marie Christine Walter from Team Germany. They demonstrated incredible insight with their innovative solution to a very complex business case,” said Iain McLaughlin, Head of Global Resourcing, KPMG International. “All the 88 students who competed this year’s finals were truly impressive. Across the board, the judges have been wowed by their out-of-the-box ideas, ability to solve tough issues, as well as their sheer enthusiasm.”