National Capital Region Students Impress in CAPSIM Competition

Aug. 6, 2015

While most of the summer term courses were winding down, students of Webster University's National Capital Region (NCR) Business 6200 course were gearing up for battle. Under the leadership of NCR business professor Leon Hutton, the students competed in the CAPSIM Challenge. The CAPSIM Challenge allows teams to see how their business management skills and teamwork rank globally. Each team takes on the challenge of trying to revive a failing company that is going bankrupt or in a downward spiral.

Hutton’s team finished in the top first percentile last fall and this year’s team, “The Super Seven,” broke every record set by their 2014 predecessors. Out of seven categories, the Super Seven placed with two 1st place finishes, three 2nd place finishes, one 3rd place finish, and ranked 179th in asset turnover. 

“Forecasting production and sales were the greatest challenge," said William Johnson, Jr., a member of the Super Seven. "Thankfully, we all remained very positive and focused. The team dynamic is always helped by early success and this team had plenty of success.”

Hutton, a recipient of the 2012-13 William T. Kemper Award for Excellence in Teaching, was overjoyed at the news of his team’s victory.  

“I feel incredibly proud of our Washington, D.C. students,” he said. “I’m also proud and appreciative of our core MBA faculty, regional leadership, and staff who have brought the now recent MBA graduates to this high point in their academic career. These teams have some incredible bragging rights they can carry with them into their future.”

Webster NCR’s MBA program has consistently been ranked in the top MBA schools in the region. Hutton feels that the success of the students in the competition, is evidence of the quality of the education they receive at Webster.

“Our NCR students consistently score higher in Marketing, Finance, Accounting, Human Resources, Strategy and Operations,” Hutton said. "The leadership we enjoy which assigns faculty to the classroom, staff who support the academic process and educational environment, the quality of our faculty, and the quality of our students is a rare but very special combination.”

 

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