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IPT Student Team Places in Case Study Competition

By:    Published 8:02 am / April 28, 2010

Don Stepich (back row, center) and winning team members.

A team of four Instructional & Performance Technology (IPT) students earned third place in the second annual University Case Study Competition. The competition was part of the International Society for Performance Improvement conference April 19-22 in San Francisco, Calif.

The IPT Department was represented by the New World Solutions team — James Bishop from South Jordan, Utah; Jennifer Budveit from Bay Shore, N.Y.; and Diana Fenicottero and Glen Scott from Boise.

The competition, which began in January, centered on “Magic Sticks,” a mythical company that bakes the world’s best bread sticks (according to company literature) and wants to expand its business by offering a new product – gelato – in its retail stores. For the competition, teams were consultants asked to present solutions to an overarching business issue presented in the case. This meant gathering and analyzing data and recommending ways to effectively implement a new company-wide initiative. Teams submitted their recommendations via a written report and a 30-minute oral presentation at the ISPI conference.

“These four individuals did a masterful job of working together as a self-directed virtual team,” said IPT Department Chair Don Stepich. “They gathered relevant data from various sources and presented a coherent set of recommendations to the company’s [mythical] executive board.”

The written and oral presentations were judged by five individuals with extensive experience as human performance technology consultants.