Xavier alumni Patrick Wong and Vito Borromeo, along with their team mates Marga Clement and Jeanina Tee, recently competed in the HSBC Asia Pacific Business Case Competition 2015 held last June 3 – 5 in Hong Kong. The event was organized by HSBC in collaboration with the Asia Case Research Center and Hong Kong University.
Coached by James Jonas, the team won the national leg of the competition, April 25, held at the Cesar E.A. Virata School of Business, UP Diliman, which enabled them to compete in the international leg. The competition consists of reading and analysing a given case for two and a half hours followed by a 20-minute presentation of recommendations as well as the analysis to back these recommendations. Each round ends after a 20-minute Q&A.
The team, representing the University of the Philippines Diliman as well as the Philippines, went up against team Thailand in round 1 where they placed 2nd out of three. The topic of contention was 3D Printing and its possible effect on Chinese manufacturing. In round 2, they won against the Dakka University delegation from Bangladesh. The second round’s topic was Huawei in Canada and how it could respond to PR issues of being accused of spying for China. They won again in round 3, this time against Singapore’s Nanyang University, with the topic Electric Batteries (LG, Samsung, and Panasonic) and how they could do well in the difficult industry of Electric Cars.
In Round 4, however, they lost against New Zealand’s Auckland University on the topic Cloud Computing solution and what they should do in their market, shipping, and whether they should compute with full-suite ERPs like Oracle and SAP.
Even though the team lost in the 4th round, they still had a chance to compete in the 5th round. They landed in the Top 3 when they won against Brunei on the topic New World Development and how they could market and address a disgruntled resident market in Hong Kong.
For the past five years, the Asia Case Research Center, Faculty of Business and Economics, The University of Hong Kong, has organised the only Hong Kong-based undergraduate business case competition. The event brings together students and faculty from all of Hong Kong’s universities as well as top universities from the Asia-Pacific region. Teams of four undergraduates competed in business strategy-making and presentation, and were judged by senior international business executives. Students also had the opportunity to interact with some of Asia’s brightest talents and experience Hong Kong’s unique international culture.