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12-22-2000

Clarkson's Bommer Named Finalist In Case Studies Competition

Michael R. W. Bommer of Canton, professor of Operations and Production Management at the Clarkson University School of Business, was a finalist in the Decision Sciences Institute 2000 Case Studies Award Competition, held recently in Orlando, Fla.

Bommer’s case study, “Biotechnol LDA Pharmeceutica,” was one of three selected finalists for the award. It profiles a Portuguese research-and-development firm that helps pharmaceutical companies produce and market generic drugs by developing low-cost technical production processes, gaining requisite certification, and then licensing such technologies to the existing firms.

Case studies present information on a company’s history, its business practices, and its strategies. Students are offered a scenario and are asked to play consultant. They must write a complete analysis of the company’s strengths, weaknesses and competition, and offer a set of recommendations.

Bommer’s “Biotechnol” case study is aimed at undergraduate seniors and master’s-level students in business and engineering programs.

A faculty member at Clarkson since 1973, Bommer received his B.S. degree in mechanical and industrial engineering from Cornell University, an M.S. degree from Ohio State University and a Ph.D. in statistics and operations research from the University of Pennsylvania.

The Atlanta-based Decision Sciences Institute is an interdisciplinary, international organization dedicated to the advancement of the science and practice of education and research about business decisions.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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