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Students Capture First and Second Place Trophies in Society for Advancement of Management Competition

April 14, 2003

WALTHAM, Mass. - Bentley College undergraduate students took home a first place trophy for the fifth consecutive year in the annual management case analysis competition at the Society for Advancement of Management (SAM) meeting in Orlando, Florida.

Two five-member teams competed in both the Open Division and the Joseph Bush Undergraduate Division against 28 other teams from schools such as Texas A&M, Rochester Institute of Technology, and Wright State University. The Undergraduate Division team captured their fourth straight national championship, while the two-time defending champion Open Division team finished in second place.

The members of the Undergraduate Division team were David Clayman (Newtonville, MA), Ashley Reed (Abington, MA), Hasnain Janmahomed, Peter Bonneau and Paula Sintes.

Members of the Open Division team were Peder DuRietz (Stockholm, Sweden), Flavio Naggi (Milan, Italy), Emiliano Aloi (Buenos Aires, Argenina), Garrett Bain and Conor McEachern. Team alternates were Mihir Jhaveri and Dan McQuillan.

Teams in the competition received the case five weeks prior to the event. This year's case was about Palm Computing. The teams researched and worked to formulate a 15-minute presentation about solutions for Palm to solve its current troubles. Each team presented before a panel of three judges, and the judges based their decisions on both the quality of a team's ideas and its overall presentation.

Both Bentley teams were coached by John Seeger, professor of Management, Louis Chin, associate professor of Management, and Marie Rock, lecturer in Management. Professor Seeger is a current member of the SAM International Board of Directors. Bentley students first took part in the SAM case analysis competition in 1998, winning second and third place. In the following years, Bentley's teams continued to dominate the competition, winning Open Division championships in 1999, 2001 and 2002 and the Undergraduate Division from 2000 to present.

The Society for Advancement of Management is the oldest management professional society in the world. It was founded in 1912 by the colleagues and disciples of Frederick Taylor, the "Father of Scientific Management."

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