The Case Centre Awards 2019

Case uncertainties make for a popular choice

Outstanding Case Writer

L-R: Antoinette Mills, Vicky Lester, David Stowell, Katharine Kruse and Fran Baylis

The presentation of the 2019 Case Awards continued on Tuesday (16 October) as Kellogg School of Management’s David Stowell received the Finance, Accounting and Control prize.

The Case Centre’s Vicky Lester (Deputy Director), Fran Baylis (Content Acquisition and Rights Manager) and Antoinette Mills (Media and Systems Development Manager) visited David in Chicago, where he was accompanied by Kellogg Case Publishing Associate Director Katharine Kruse.

Finance, Accounting & ControlDavid, along with co-author Nicholas Kawar, won the Finance category thanks to his case, H J Heinz M&A, which followed the possible purchase of the famous brand.

“I am very pleased to win this award as it’s acknowledgement that students and professors are reading and thinking about the case, and as an educator it’s my objective to create knowledge and teach it,” said David, a Clinical Professor of Finance.

David, who boasts many years of experience in the finance sector, believes his case has proved popular because there’s so much uncertainty surrounding Heinz.

David added: “The case demonstrates a number of interesting educational points including that mergers and acquisitions are complex and messy.

“There’s a strong analytical component to the case, with financial models built, but there’s a lot of variability and uncertainty associated with projecting cash flows and the personalities involved in the deal, so there are plenty of scenarios to discuss and solve.” 

Read the winning case here.

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