Last week, four SAU students participated in a two-day international business case competition at Georgia State University (GSU). The students were accompanied by Dr. Kanton Reynolds, Dean of the School of Business, Management and Technology.
Paulette Addison (student-athlete, Business Major), Edward Faison, Jr. (Accounting Major), Hector (student-athlete, Business Administration & Management Major) and Nathan Royster (Management Major) represented SAU in the competition, which is hosted by GSU's Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER).
The students collaborated with peers from other universities to solve real-world business problems focused on principles in Finance, Accounting, Marketing, and Management & Operations. Paulette Addison's team placed 2nd in the competition, earning a plaque and $200, while Hector team placed 4th, earning $100. Other universities present were Alabama A&M, Albany State, Bowie State, , Florida Institute of Technology, Georgia State, Howard, Johnson C. Smith, and Savannah State.
Students walked away from the competition with enhanced business and cross-cultural communication skills and new perspectives on problem solving.
I had a really good experience at the case challenge. To my surprise it was not all work and no fun, which is a great thing because it was a well balanced atmosphere, and it allowed us to approach the actual case analysis with clear minds. Being that there were ten schools, and all of the teams were integrated, it was a wonderful opportunity for networking. I met new people from all along the east coast, which provided for a diverse group, and therefore many different outlooks and opinions. I feel this experience enriched my networking, presentation, and analysis skills which are essential in my career goals specifically in the field of business.
The case competition was a fun and thrilling experience. After a cool tour of the Coca Cola factory, we were separated from the colleagues we arrived with and broken up into four groups with people from different institutions. This was one of the biggest learning opportunities for me: communicating and working with people from different backgrounds. My group was composed of people of different ages and cultures, and I learned that it's important to understand that people think differently from one another based on their own experiences. Presenting to the judges was also great, and was a completely different ball game than presenting to peers. That aspect of the program gave me real-world experience that I might not have otherwise gotten.
Dr. Reynolds, who coordinated the trip, was pleased with the experience and the students' performance.
"The Georgia State University CIBER International Business Case Competition was an opportunity for our students to actualize their learning. By taking theory and putting it into practice they were able to make a tangible link between the classroom and a realistic scenario found in a contemporary business environment. The fact that this was a mixed competition where students were randomly assigned to teams instead of collaborating with their institutional cohort added a level of intercultural engagement that made it a more robust learning experience. I am elated that Miss Paulette Addison (2nd Place team) and Mr. Hector (4th Place team) made it to the finals; the fact that our student-athletes (women’s basketball and baseball, respectively) were leading the way is even more edifying and indicative of the culture we are building at Saint Augustine’s.”
About the Case Competition (via http://ciber.robinson.gsu.edu)
The International Business Case Competition is an annual event in which students from several different universities, especially minority serving institutions are placed in groups to solve a real-world business problem. The challenge provides students with the opportunity to meet students from other universities as well as gain insight on real-world business issues. As the program provides each student with beneficial skills and experience, it also has strict criteria that need to be followed. The students are assigned to teams of four students, but with the requirement that every student from the team is from a different university and majoring in a distinct field area. This will allow students to work through multiple cross-cultural obstacles, including different study habits, learning methods, and even diverse university cultures. The fields represented during the Case Competition are Finance, Accounting, Marketing, and Management & Operations.