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Business students win 'The Project' competition

Posted on May 01, 2013

Students from Grand Valley's Seidman College of Business took first place, winning $5,000 in the 2013 Collegiate Project Management Competition April 16 at Davenport University.
Seven teams from universities throughout Michigan participated in the competition, including Michigan Technological University, Davenport University, Grand Valley State, and Kalamazoo College.

Grand Valley’s team was led by Jaideep Motwani, professor of management, and included undergraduate students Khanh Dang, David Musselman, and Amanda Russo, and Full-time Integrated MBA students Ryan Maloney, Kathleen McKee and Tim Sporte. This is the second year in a row Grand Valley students placed first.  

Teams from Michigan Technological University took second and third place; a team from Kalamazoo College took fourth place.

Students developed plans for a company looking to initiate a project focused on employee retention and attracting new employees, with a $90,000 budget and implementation deadline of January 2014. The competition included delivering a project scope statement and charter, completing a time line, implementing a roles and responsibility matrix, developing a communication management plan, and creating a full project book.

Grand Valley’s team, “SMART” (Successfully changing our Market demand, and Attracting and Retaining skilled employees to utilize our investment in Technology), addressed the talent retention issue faced in Michigan. The plan aligns with Gov. Snyder’s initiative “Keeping Our Youth – Our Future – Here,” which was the goal of the competition. Their plan will be presented to Governor Snyder.

The entries were reviewed and judged by a panel from West Michigan:
Fred Keller, chairman and CEO of Cascade Engineering
James Mitchell, chair of Mitchell Intellectual Property Law, PLLC
Carole Valade, editor with Grand Rapids Business Journal and Gemini Publications
Joe Jones, CEO Grand Rapids Urban League and owner of E.E. Milestone + Associates, Inc.
Gary Granger, president/CEO of Granger Group


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