2009 Denmark Case Competition Part 2

It was a balmy 39 today as the advisors and students went to their own activities at the business school. Luckily the weather was so nice that you could actually walk through the university campus and enjoy the architecture of each of the buildings instead of worrying how cold you were.

With the morning done, we were first whisked to a very important monument for Copenhagen, The Little Mermaid. As you may recall, or not, the story was written by Hans Christian Andersen (who was Danish) and not by Disney. In any event pictures were taken by this little mermaid who sits on the harbor, and luckily no one fell in the water or was thrown in the water.

Again thankfully the day was beautiful and bright and sunny because for the next hour we sat in a harbor boat taking a canal cruise. A perfect way to see the city, get some history and take many pictures. The bridges over the canals are so low that at some points in the cruise we all had to duck down inside the boat so we wouldn’t be decapitated! The city has been around for 6000 years, so the history is rich and the architecture is stunning.

After our cruise we had lunch at the Danish Architecture Museum, really a wonderful place to see the newest of designs in buildings for all over the world. They have a great vision for new architecture!

At lunch we had the drawing for our place in the case competition. The following is the list of schools and the divisions that they will be in:

Division A

  • University of Navarra (Spain)
  • Thammasat (Thailand)
  • Sao Paolo (Brazil)
  • Copenhagen BS.

Division B

  • National U. of Singapore
  • Univ. of Florida
  • USC
  • UC Berkeley.

Division C

  • Tsinghua University (China)
  • Univ. of Auckland
  • Manchester Business School (England)
  • McGill Univ.

So the three American schools will battle it out in Division B. The case will be delivered tomorrow morning at 9am, and the students will go into seclusion for 32 hours following that.

Just because that might have added a bit of pressure and suspense to the life of all, the next activity for the students was to learn traditional Danish dancing. On Friday night at our formal awards dinner, the students would all be able to dance a few in honor of the host country. Well, it didn’t take long for the advisors (no names mentioned) to agree that this would be a very fun activity too, so we joined the dance lessons. This was serious work, we found a dance partner and then got into a group of eight that we stayed with for the next 2 hours. We learned three dances that included lots of changes, movements and coordination. Needless to say there was lots of laughing and fun, but by the end of the 2 hours we were tired. I think we decided that we had better do these dances early in the evening while there was still the chance that we would remember them! It was great fun.

After dancing we had a great dinner, and then it was back to the hotel for some quick meetings with the teams and now some rest.

And so it begins, please keep good wishes for Marc, Erica, Tina and Cynthia as they go forward.

Posted by Dinko Lakic for Janet Amador

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