Student economics trio wins Geneen Charitable Trust case competition

Fredrik Linder, Wylie Makovsky, Tyler Chen and Michelle Chamberlain

Competition winners, from left to right: Fredrik Linder ’21, Wylie Makovsky ’20, and Tyler Chen ’20 with Michelle Chamberlain, vice president for advancement and dean of student opportunities.

September 22, 2020

Three CMC students were named winners of the annual Harold T. Geneen Charitable Trust case competition and will share the $5,000 prize for future student opportunities.

Tyler Chen ’20, Fredrik Linder ’21, and Wylie Makovsky ’20 produced a winning five-minute video evaluating the pros and cons of a case study about pharmaceutical price control. As part of the competition, which runs through the Soll Center for Student Opportunity, teams of three non-senior CMC students address a real-world ethical business or policy challenge. This year, at least one student also had to be a member of a CMC Scholar Community.

The trio concluded that a government plan to pool together public and private entities in an effort to collectively bargain with pharmaceutical companies was not feasible. Chen, Linder, and Makovsky, who are economics majors, felt the approach would inhibit affordability and access for too many people.

“The competition format tests timely critical and creative thinking, as well as effective team approaches to communication,” said Kevin Arnold, who directed Scholar Communities during the academic year. “The winning team is well-rewarded, but all participants benefit from learning something about themselves, their teammates, and insights to the types of challenges that may come with future leadership responsibilities.”

The Harold T. Geneen Charitable Trust promotes the study of ethics and corporate governance. Since 2015, its CMC partnership has generated learning opportunities via the case competition, scholarships, and summer internships.

—Thomas Rozwadowski


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