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Nov. 19, 2012
CMS chief financial officer (Wingate University alumni) wins national award
Jan. 26, 2011
MBA students place in top ten in worldwide competition
A group of students in Wingate University's MBA program who participated in a worldwide competition have scored in the top ten or 99th percentile. The competition known as the Capstone Simulation is a business strategy computer simulation that covers the financial, product marketing, customer satisfaction and employee satisfaction aspects of a competitive business.
The students on the winning Wingate team included Charlotte area's Jennifer Parker Harden, Kevin Davis, John Zulueta and Oktawian Rybinski. They competed against 1,287 other teams. "This score is absolutely brilliant and places our students head and shoulders above other MBA classes involved in this simulation," said Dr. Dennis Harlow, assistant professor of management for Wingate University.
During the semester-long competition, which was part of a course on strategy and policy, the students ran an actual business which involved making decisions on profit, stock price and production analysis. They learned how to work in teams and evaluated their colleagues' effectiveness at the end of the competition. "This competition integrates all of the functional courses - from finance and forecasting to marketing," said Harlow.
MBA student Harden said competence and divergent skill sets contributed to her team's success. "We were lucky to build a team that allowed each individual to play to his or her strengths," she said. "The Capstone process was more than just an MBA exercise; it was an all-encompassing learning experience and, for me, an excellent way to culminate my MBA program at Wingate University."
According to Harlow, the Capstone Simulation teaches students how to integrate skills that will help them become executives with a broad view of business and gain leadership skills for competing in the global marketplace. "The curriculum at Wingate has prepared each of us to succeed in this simulation and in future endeavors," said MBA student Davis. "This project has taught me a great deal about the importance of being a part of an academically dedicated group," added colleague Rybinski.