JPMorgan Business Leadership Case Competition


Congratuations to the teams from Kellogg, Columbia and Darden for finishing 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the

2008 Business Leadership Case Comeptition out of a pool of more than 200 participating MBA students!



The Final Round

"The Walter Shipley Case competition has been the highlight of our business school experience so far."

- Sproule Love and Juan Aristi, Columbia Business School, participants in the 2008 competition.




The 2008 Walter V. Shipley Business Leadership Case Competition was  once again a huge success!   Finalist teams from Kellogg, Darden, and Columbia took turns presenting on the difficult and provacative case question: how should the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) proceed with negotiations during the private equity buyout of Texas coal producer TXU? The case writers from the Yale School of Management were pleased to see their hard work garner such outstanding review from talented students, and two university representatives plan on disseminating the case study at their respective schools.  The student participants were thrilled by the opportunity to compete for scholarship money and meet an outstanding assembly of JPMorgan executives and influential guests of the Aspen Institute.


Click here to see the full agenda from the Final Round of the competition.




The Case

The competition introduced a newly commissioned case-study, produced by the Yale School of Management (SOM), that brought some unique and topical issues into the competition. This year's case dealt with the recent buyout of Texas utility and coal producing giant TXU. The largest leveraged buyout in history, the deal was particularly unique because the buyers, private equity firms Kohlberg, Kravis & Roberts (KKR) and Texas Pacific Group (TPG), consulted with major environmental NGO's during negotiations. The committment to considering the positions of the EDF and t