GM Xperience: FGV is two-time champion of logistics and supply chain competition
FGV’s Sao Paulo School of Business Administration (EAESP) is now two-time champion of GM Xperience’s Brazilian phase. The team, formed by Professor Alexandre Pignanelli and students César Rivas, Giovanna Tibery, Pedro Wainer and Samira Takeyasu, will now have the mission of defending the title in the global phase, which will be held in October at the multinational’s head office, in Detroit, USA.
“It’s extremely satisfying to know that we’re aligned with the expectations of major companies, such as an automaker like GM. We received positive feedback from the company’s executives and its partners throughout this journey. This result shows that we are succeeding in putting into practice everything we’ve learned so far, since the case is based on the company’s real problems and opportunities. In addition, it shows how important it is to work in a group and have synergy in it”, said Tibery.
In the program, students are challenged to solve a real case provided by GM in Brazil, contributing with innovative ideas that result in cost savings for the company. The case focused on logistics, supply chain, strategy, finance, manufacturing, purchasing and business solutions. According to Pedro Wayner, EAESP’s great advantage was to present a comprehensive proposal, with a market bias, addressing issues that surpassed the problem’s original context. César Rivas points out that the training received at EAESP enabled the team to present a unique project.
“At FGV, in addition to learning the quantitative foundation required to build cost optimization models, we combined our analysis with strategy and corporate management concepts to further support our points of view and choices. I think this enriched our work with a practical and critical spirit, which turned out to be an advantage among so many high-level quantitative works”, he said.
GM Xperience is a global project held by GM in multiple countries where the automaker operates. It is organized by the GPSC – Global Purchasing & Supply Chain area. The global phase will be held in early October, including 25 universities from across the globe, besides U.S. institutions. EAESP also won the global phase last year.
“We are already working on the project that will be presented in Detroit. I’m sure the team will put twice the effort and dedication into representing FGV and Brazil”, said professor Alexandre Pignanelli.
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