Students Sweep Business Strategy Competition

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Each year, students in St. Petersburg College’s Business Administration and Management and Organizational Leadership bachelor’s programs participate in The Business Strategy Game as part of their MAN 4900 Strategic Capstone Project.

This year, three out of four of our Fall 2020 business graduates who went to the international competition placed in the top three! As SPC College of Business Dean Marta Przyborowski stated, “It is wonderful to see our bachelor’s graduates competing at this high level against major universities.”

Simulating Business Operations

In this simulation, teams are tasked to operate an athletic footwear company, where they must assess market conditions, determine how to respond to the actions of competitors, forge a long-term direction and strategy for their company, forecast upcoming sales volumes, and make many other decisions critical to the success and operations of their company.

Those who win their class industry competition are invited to the Business-Strategy Invitational world competition. SPC’s Fall 2020 capstone class had over 200 students, and four out of six of the top Capstone teams participated in the global competition.  

Our Fall capstone students who ended their 2020 year on this high note are: 

  • First Place – Thomas Walsh and Michelle Rutkowski Martin, with an overall score of 108 in Industry 1.  They outcompeted nine other global college and university teams to win!
  • Third Place – Stephen Padgett faced intense competition and had an overall score of 107 in Industry 2.
  • Third Place – Karen Goode was also in a highly competitive industry and earned an overall score of 108 in Industry 3.
  • Sixth Place – Nicole Mastrodonato had an overall score of 81 in Industry 4.

See the scorecard here.

A History of Success

Dr. Robin Wilber said that almost all eligible students compete each year.

“Since 2010 over 85 percent of our class industry winners choose to compete after finishing this class and graduating from our program,” she said. “These students make over 200 strategic decisions daily for two weeks in this international competition.”

According to Professor Roni Murphy, the SPC College of Business has a strong history of doing well in this competition.

“We have had 73 SPC top teams going to the international competition and ranking in the top three,” Murphy said. “To-date, 12 teams earned first place, 14 second place, and 11 third place.” 

The competition was stiff, with some students coming from master’s programs. This international competition included Clemson, Florida State, Penn State and University of Florida, plus Universities from Canada, France, Mexico, India, China, United Kingdom, Korea, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, South Africa and dozens more. 

According to Dr. Tom Philippe, many students participate every year.

“The Business Strategy Game has been used by 46,906 students in 2,850 classes/sections at 493 college/university campus locations in 49 different countries.”

Dr. Wende Huehn-Brown said that the College of Business is very pleased with the success of SPC graduates.

“We are so proud of every student that goes to this competition, as this simulation is very challenging,” she said. “It’s also a very realistic portrayal of managing an international corporation.” 

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