Six of Aston's high achieving Full Time MBAs made it onto the podium at this year’s Warwick Business School Case Challenge, scooping an honourable third place position. The team, led by Arron Sahota, was made up of Dr Raja Pappu, Michael McKay, Jasdeep Samra-Raison, Yaxuan Zhou and Ernest Kong were selected to take part in the final round at Warwick Business School on 5th and 6th May.
The WBS Case Challenge gives MBA students from around the world an opportunity to compete against each other and develop creative solutions to issues facing the healthcare sector. This year’s challenge was to tackle sepsis, which kills an estimated 30 million people every year.
The first part of the challenge had a creative angle, teams were tasked with producing a poster to raise awareness and identify what the critical steps were in the sepsis pathway and how improvements in sepsis care can be made. The team then had to present this poster to a panel of judges that included industry experts and senior partners from GE.
Next, the team were tasked with combatting the issue in a specific region. They chose India and developed a solution to utilise technology and the government to educate the local people and change their behaviour and perceptions with a key focus on engagement. Their solution also involved new ways to integrate automated ways of working within hospitals using big data and IOT to aid decision support, in turn allowing healthcare professionals to identify high-risk patients sooner to reduce the burden on critical care. In addition, the team identified that the operating models would need to be restructured to ensure delivery of appropriate care in a timely manner without increasing burdens.
Team member Michael McKay said "Competing in the Warwick Case Challenge was a fantastic opportunity to meet teams from around the world and apply our skills and knowledge in a challenging case.
"The challenge forced us to be creative, ambitious and develop a solution in a restricted time frame. It was a great experience to work under pressure, think on our feet and utilise our unique skill sets as a team. The experience showed the importance of teamwork, how success can be achieved by utilising everyone’s experiences and improved our confidence in solving complex problems.
"No doubt we will take the learnings from this challenge and utilise them for the future. It was an honour to represent Aston Business School internationally, develop our skills and place highly against top competition and ideas."
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