Award-winning team proves it’s ready to take on the world of business

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The winning team of this year’s Business Game Simulation for Bachelor of Management and Organizational Studies (BMOS) students assembled for this photo right after completing their final BMOS exam on April 21. Congratulations to (left to right) Crystal Rodgers, Tiffany Chan, Lesley Li and Jessica Pierce.

In its inaugural year of the program at Brescia, a team of Bachelor of Management and Organizational Studies (BMOS) students entered an online business competition and placed first, achieving higher scores than the eight participating teams from King’s University College.

The Business Game Simulation (BGS) is an eight-week online challenge that gives BMOS students the opportunity to  assess information about a particular business venture, develop a strategy, receive feedback and revamp the plan where necessary to achieve success. Team scores are based on five financial and stock market indicators that are used to measure business performance. The team that performs best on all five indicators over the eight weeks wins the game.

Crystal Rodgers, Tiffany Chan, Lesley Li and Jessica Pierce (shown in the photo above) made up the Brescia team in the competition. Each is a fourth-year student in the BMOS program. For its achievement, the team claimed the MOS 410B Strategic Management for Management and Organizational Studies Award.

Colleen Sharen, faculty member who worked with the team, said this award is a testament to the strengths of the team and the program. “Winning the simulation really means a great deal for the students, as they have demonstrated a superior understanding of some of the key concepts in business strategy. It also shows that Brescia has a small, but strong BMOS program.”

Pierce said participating in the BGS was like taking part in a real life situation. “The game was based on the footwear industry. We had to pick a strategy and then apply it to set up a plan, which was evaluated each week, based on how the other teams approached the same project, to maintain competitive advantage.”

Now that her academic career is coming to an end, Pierce is looking for a job. She said the BGS provided her with experience she may not have again for some time. “It’s like you’re making management decisions, which you probably wouldn’t have the opportunity at first to make.” Pierce is seeking a job that includes flexibility, marketing, and “is never boring”.

Rodgers reiterated Pierce’s sentiment about the value of this real-life experience. “In terms of how to manage work with other people, we learned that it is difficult to get everyone to agree on one specific strategy or goal. It definitely brought out many issues involved in managing a business that didn’t come together in the classroom the way they did in the game.”