Student Experiences in the International Collegiate Business Policy Game Competition

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Developments in Business Simulation and Experiential Learning, Volume 26, 1999 STUDENT EXPERIENCES IN THE INTERNATIONAL COLLEGIATE BUSINESS POLICY GAME COMPETITION William D. Biggs, Beaver College Michelle Duffy, U.S. Navy David Leposa, Chrysler Credit Corporation Andrew Milne, Vital Solutions International, Inc. Eleanor Schwartz, Bell Atlantic ABSTRACT This condensed paper provides comments from four students who represented Beaver College in the 1998 International Collegiate Business Policy Game Competition (ICBPGC). The full paper, available from the first author, provides the references; information about the competition and the simulation to provide a context for the students’ remarks; as well as biographical data for the students and more of their comments. THE STUDENTS’ COMMENTS The students were all enrolled in a senior-level business policy course. Two students worked full-time and went to school part-time and two were full-time students but both had part-time jobs. They finished first in the competition. Michelle Duffy – Chief Financial Officer The simulation is an excellent capstone course for any student majoring in any business field. It incorporates lessons learned in accounting, finance, economics, marketing, and management. It really was the first time that I saw these fields tied together. Now that I have graduated from college and entered the “real” world, I realize how many important lessons I learned from competing in the simulation. One lesson is foremost in my mind - working with others. Even though we got along well, we eventually annoyed each other with our personal habits. We found ways to get through our problems and disagreements and it paid off in the end. There were other lessons from the simulation that I find extremely useful in my career. I know that I can work under extremely tight deadlines. Another invaluable tool is public speaking. We had to present the results of our decisions and pitch our plans for the future to a panel of...
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