Advisors' Testimonials

Dr. Eric CK Chan MA Global Management Programme Director (and Faculty Advisor), Regent’s University London – Business School, United Kingdom

“MA Global Management students at Regent’s University London – Business School look forward and are very keen to participate in the ICBSC each year because of its excitement, learning, competitive and team synergy variables in the simulation. They also get to travel and network with students when they reached the live-final stage of the Competition in the USA. Having taken part in the ICBSC in 2005-2007 and then returning to it in 2010, the competition has become a hugely valuable addition to our programme. The benefits are enormous for our international students, these includes team-working, time-management skills, working under acute time pressure, forecasting, planning, applying theory to practical problems, meeting students from other universities, preparing factual/interesting annual reports, giving presentations and answering questions in front of top-notch business and management judges. This greatly contributes to their employability and life essential skills. We have been fortunate in that three MA teams have been awarded top prizes in the graduate world of this prestigious competition in 2007, 2010 and 2013 where they competed with MBA teams. Our past students/alumni have listed their valuable participation in the ICBSC on their CV’s and most have reported that potential employers globally took into account their commitment and team-working experiences on such experiential team events such as the ICBSC.”

Dr. Don Negri, Faculty Advisor Willamette University, Oregon

“Almost all of the students I have brought to the ICBSC have characterized the competition as the most significant and beneficial educational experience of their college careers. Many of those students have gone on to successful careers and often write back to reiterate the key role that the competition played in their career development.”

Dr. Annette Lohman Faculty Advisor, California State University, Long Beach

“Being an advisor to teams in the ICBSC has truly been one of the highlights of my teaching career. It is exciting to witness the proverbial light bulb go on when students struggle to bring the theory they have studied in their classes to the “real-world” simulated experience of running a company against competitors from other schools. Participating in the competition has brought recognition to students and to me as a faculty advisor and enhanced the pride that we all feel in our school’s programs.”

Barbara Barcon Faculty Advisor, California State University, Long Beach

After serving as a judge for several years, while I was working in my career, I’ve had the chance to become an advisor at my alma mater after I retired. It’s been 5 years and I’ve enjoyed more each year. Watching the students grow (both academically and interpersonally) over the semester is truly amazing. The competition gives them such a comprehensive experience with all aspects of running a company, challenges them on so many levels and teaches them things that just can’t be learned in a normal class. They are always so proud of what they accomplish and often tell me that it made a huge difference in their lives and careers. Interviewers have asked what the ICBSC thing is on their resume and after they explain it (with so much business knowledge) they usually get the job!! Even current employers see them in a different light because of the depth of their knowledge from having a conversation. It is a joy to help them navigate through the competition and prepare them for the intensive phase. I hope to do this for a very long time…

Prof. Simon Rodan Faculty Advisor, San Jose State University

I began taking teams to the ICBSC 10 years ago. It has allowed me the privilege of working with some of the brightest, most motivated students in our college. From what they tell me, although it involves a lot of work and is quite stressful, they find it one of the most rewarding experiences of their undergraduate degree. The competition tests their ability to operationalize strategy, to view business decisions as a set of coherent trade-offs in the allocation of limited resources, and as importantly, to manage working in teams of high-performing individuals. I’m told, too, that they often find the competition a very useful experience to talk about at job interviews and the knowledge and skills they develop and hone during the competition are, in many instances, highly applicable in their jobs.