BGSU Student Finishes 3rd in the World for Capsim Competition; BGSU Has Best Capsim Performance Compared to Any Other U.S. University

Making good decisions is important to the success of a company and the College of Business goes Beyond Business As Usual in preparing students for career readiness.

Career readiness is demonstrated through the impressive performance of our students in the Foundation Business Simulation, also known as Capsim.  The program replicates a real-life business scenario through a simulation to better assess participants’ skills and abilities. It also allows students to practice specific skills and build the business intelligence that is behind today’s successful companies.  

This spring accounting and finance student Corey Mason captured third place in the international business simulation competition, prevailing over more than 850 challengers from around the globe.

This feat is not the first time BGSU has finished in a high position. According to James Zeigler, BGSU lecturer in the accounting and MIS department, “More BGSU students have made it to the Capsim Challenge finals over the past 15 years than any other single university in the United States.”

Capsim Managing Director Reda Chafai said performance in a business simulation demonstrates many of the competencies for “career readiness” defined by the National Association of Colleges and Employers. “Number one is critical thinking and problem solving,” he stated.

The BGSU student said his simulation experience gave him “a good idea of how a business operates and the decisions that go into making a business successful. It helped me realize that every department from marketing, R&D, to the financing side of the business all play a role in the success of a company.” 

Approximately 600 undergraduate managerial accounting and business policy students experience Capsim Business Simulation each year at BGSU, according to Zeigler who is one of the Accounting 2220 instructors.  At the College of Business Capsim Summit held during Finals Week, previous Capsim finalists attended and were recognized with this year’s finalist, Corey Mason.  Shown in the photo  are front row:  Sadie Purk, Justin Havlovitz, Reid Mankowski and Corey Mason. Back row:  Brian Rohrs and Jim Zeigler, accounting department lecturers.

Also attending the event was the BGSU Comp-XM® (The Business Competency Exam) record holder, Anderson Okuley (center), who scored a 939 out of 1000.