Schmidthorst Student Extends BGSU Success in Spring 2022 Capsim International Global Competition

Jacob Barga headshot

BGSU Schmidthorst College of Business student Jacob Barga recently placed fifth in the Spring 2022 Capsim Foundation Challenge. Jacob's participation as a finalist marks the 10th semester in a row a BGSU student has earned finalist status in this competition. Worldwide, no other university has more Capsim Challenge finalists. Jacob competed against others from India, Turkey, Malaysia and the United States.

The Challenge requires students to manage a simulated technology manufacturing company. Competing students must evaluate and make decisions covering all functional areas of their business. There are eight qualifying rounds with the top students selected as finalists to compete head-to-head. Capsim hosts the Challenge competition every spring and fall semester. Students compete voluntarily, for no credit, and on their own time. In total, the competition requires approximately 40 hours of intense preparation and analysis.

Jacob is an Accounting major. He was introduced to Capsim in Professor James Zeigler’s Accounting 2220 Managerial Accounting class during Fall Semester 2021. “The simulation has allowed me to make wise, educated decisions based on past, present, and future data, while taking my own Capsim experiences into consideration,” Jacob said. “The best part of this simulation is my growing recognition of how my personal decisions effect the world around me.” Many students, like Jacob, find their hands-on Capsim classroom experience so enjoyable they are eager to test their business acumen in the Capsim Challenge. Jacob received a $1,000 scholarship from the SCoB in recognition of his accomplishment.

Brian Rorhs and Jim Zeigler

Professor Zeigler and fellow SCoB Accounting Professor Brian Rohrs have been utilizing business simulation in their Managerial Accounting Courses for 15 years. They believe simulation use in managerial accounting significantly enhances the student learning experience. According to Professor Zeigler, “the simulation offers a rich, real-world, dynamic experience not found in any textbook. Our students realize all elements of the business must communicate and work together to achieve organizational success”. Approximately
600 students experience Capsim in the classroom each academic year at Bowling Green.

Updated: 10/17/2022 11:41AM