This week’s Practitioner features the Family Enterprise Case Competition (FECC) held at the University of Vermont in mid-January.
One of the nice things about being The Practitioner is that you get invited places! And sometimes more than once! Such is the case with the University of Vermont’s Family Enterprise Case Competition. This year the competition, now in its fifth year, attracted more than 250 participants from 20 countries this year. These individuals participated as competitors, coaches, judges, sponsors, and organizers.
Why is this competition important to the field of family enterprise? Here are just a few reasons.
- A new generation of college graduates whose education includes family enterprise as a dominant form of business worldwide is being created. Here are the schools from 2017.
University of Alberta
University of Guelph-Humber
University of Manitoba
Wilfrid Laurier UniversityColombia
Universidad de Los AndesFrance
ICN Business School
Munich Business School
Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences
Windesheim University of Applied SciencesSpain
ESADE Business SchoolUK
Grand Valley State University
Saginaw Valley State University
University of North Texas
University of Vermont
Universidad Panamericana Campus Aguascalientes
Universidad Panamericana Campus Guadalajara
Go here for a directory of educational centers and programs.
- Case-based learning is encouraged.
For the last two years, FFI and FECC have collaborated in reviewing and choosing the cases used in the competition. Thanks to FFI Fellows Jane Hilburt-Davis, Michael O’Neal and Jill Thomas for serving in this capacity.
- Judges represent varying perspectives on the field, giving the students feedback from academic, professional, and enterprise points of view. In 2017 there were more than 80 judges from 16 countries. Nearly half of them are members of FFI.
- The winners are great! Congratulations to:
The Team from Lazaridis School of Business at Wilfrid Laurier University for winning the Undergraduate Division. The coach is John Young.
The Team from ESADE Business School for taking home the prize for the Graduate Division. The coach is Maria Jose Parada.
Please join The Practitioner in congratulating all those who participated this year!
For more on the 2017 results, go here.
Yours in Practice,