Business Students Rank Among the World's Best
International strategy competition reveals students' business savvy
NEW YORK, May 6, 2011—Students in the School of Business at The King’s College continue to show their business acumen. For the third year in a row, a team from King's has ranked among the world’s best in an international competition.
Over 300 colleges and graduate schools entered the International CapSim Spring Challenge this year. On April 17, five teams competed in the finals. The team from King’s, led by juniors Trevor Blake and TJ Bramblett, performed admirably during the 7-hour competition, a business strategy simulation.
Dawn Fotopulos, assistant professor of business, uses the simulation in her Business Strategy course each spring. Students run a $40 million company against five other computer-generated companies and compete for the highest balanced scorecard—a measure of how well-balanced and profitable each company is after each round. In the last several years, the most successful students in the course have also taken part in the international competition, which pits students against live competitors.
“The Business Strategy Class of 2011 continues a wonderful tradition of excellence at The King’s College by achieving Fourth Place in the International CapSim Spring Challenge,” said Dawn Fotopulos, assistant professor of business. “The competition was fierce, but our class never wavered.”
Blake and Bramblett, as President and CEO, were supported by the Competition Analysis Team of Maria Laino, Katie Lay, and Shelby Nobles; the Finance Team of Liz Christenson and Elvina Halli; Production and R&D specialists Wesley Adjei and Jonathan Irwin; and Quality Management and HR expert Liz Suzio.
“As the teams engaged in heated debate about product specifications, pricing, financing, and cash flow decisions, I couldn’t help smiling. Twelve weeks ago, their wisdom and knowledge was not nearly as profound as it is now. They can stand toe to toe with any competitor,” Professor Fotopulos said.
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