MBA team from KSU wins international business competition

A team from the Career Growth MBA program at the Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State…

Georgia (Apr 28, 2004) — MBA team from KSU wins international business competition

Terri Thornton


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A team from the Career Growth MBA program at the Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University won top honors in an international business competition held April 25. A team from the Georgia WebMBA® program finished in the top five of a second competition. The KSU and WebMBA® teams were the only winners from the state of Georgia.

The competitions were sponsored by Management Simulations‚Inc. (MSI)‚ which produces the widely used computer−based business education programs Capstone® and Foundation™. Students were challenged to make decisions about research and development‚ human resources‚ marketing‚ production and finance. The finals compressed eight years of management into one day.

Amy Chittick−Kulper and James Guido from KSU’s Career Growth MBA program won the Foundation™ Business Simulation International Challenge. The goal was for the teams to accumulate as much virtual profit as possible. The KSU team accumulated $113 million‚ finishing first among 137 teams. Their profit was 30% higher than the second place finishers.

“What makes this win even more fantastic is that this team participated as part of a prerequisite course in preparation to enter the MBA program‚” said Coles College Dean Tim Mescon. “Neither has an undergraduate degree in business‚ so the faculty members who prepared the teams deserve extra recognition for doing such an excellent job.”

In addition‚ a team from the Georgia WebMBA® program (the state of Georgia’s online MBA program) finished in the top five of MSI’s Capstone® Business Simulation International Challenge. Bryan Babb and Matthew Wagner produced a cumulative profit of $67.8 million. This made the team fourth runner−up out of 566 teams.

The Foundation competition is the second significant win for Coles College students in two months. Rhonda Fleming‚ a sales major at KSU‚ was named Overall Individual Champion at the 2004 National Collegiate Sales Competition (NCSC) on March 20. Fleming and fellow KSU student Heather Reimer also finished second in the team competition.


Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive‚ residential institution with a growing student population exceeding 17‚400 from 129 countries. The third largest state university out of 34 institutions in the University System of Georgia‚ KSU offers more than 55 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


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