For the second year, PiSA Farmacéutica and IPADE joined together to host the PiSA Challenge, a case competition meant to recognize the managerial talent of Full-Time MBA participants. This event also allows PiSA Farmacéutica to identify talent.
The 2019 edition of the PiSA Challenge was hosted concurrently at IPADE’s main campuses in Mexico City and Monterrey on January 30th and 31st. After two days of hands-on teamwork, the participating teams presented their proposed solutions to address a fictional business challenge.
Felipe Ríos, Commercial Director of PiSA Farmacéutica, highlighted that this event is an excellent opportunity for the company to identify top talent that is able to resolve complicated issues in a high-pressure situation.
The PiSA Challenge allows us to get to know IPADE participants within the context of a real-life business challenge. This is like participating in a board meeting, as the case studies help us understand the qualities of each participant. During the course of the challenge, we focus on each presentation and provide constructive feedback to better understand each answer and identify top talent.
Following their team assignments, the participants in the PiSA Challenge then conducted both an individual and a team case analysis. Each team then presented their proposed solutions to IPADE professors and PiSA managers from different business areas, who shared feedback on their presentations.
The PiSA Challenge provides MBA participants with the opportunity to work with real-life business challenges similar to those that they will have to face when they finish their studies. IPADE considers this competition to be an extremely valuable learning opportunity and a great chance to connect with emerging talent.
IPADE alumni are a great fit at PiSA because the more than 900 case studies covered during the Full-time MBA program provide IPADE participants with the mental structure they need to adapt to the needs of PiSA Farmacéutica, said Mr. Ríos.
The members of the winning team in Mexico City were Aldo Macedo, Rodrigo Hernández, Jurgen Salinas, Nicolás Montoya, and Nghia Nguyen. At the Monterrey campus, the winners were Homero Natal, Alejandra Yanes, José David Achío, Daniel Manautou, and José Arturo Vela.