2009
Benedictine M.B.A. students tops among more than 38,000 foes in simulation

Benedictine M.B.A. students tops among more than 38,000 foes in simulation
April 16, 2009

Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
(630) 829-6094
pbrozynski@ben.edu

Nobody knows shoes like Boote Shooze knows shoes. Seventeen Benedictine University M.B.A. students recently demonstrated their business acumen and applied knowledge gained through graduate coursework by participating in a business simulation game which required them to design and execute strategy to improve core key success factors – sales, profits, loans, credit rating and stock price – for a fictitious shoe company. The students, who were enrolled in Benedictine University professor John Draut’s MBA/MGMT 671A – “Strategic Management” course during the Winter 2009 quarter, were divided into four teams and competed in an online game against their classmates and a global field of 468 colleges and universities and more than 38,000 other students worldwide. The Benedictine students’ results were nothing short of spectacular. All four Benedictine teams ranked in the top 100. One team, “Boote Shooze,” finished 13th overall and was invited to participate in the global tournament later this year. The team results and members were: “Boote Shooze” – 13th best overall game score, 10th best earnings per share performance and sixth-best stock price performance. Members included Michael McCormick (Naperville), Lama Alsaad (Woodridge) and Edyta Urban (Romeoville). “Soul to Sole” – 53rd best earnings per share performance and 45th best stock price performance. Members included Bilqees Ikram (North Aurora), Keith Stadtfield (Plainfield) and Pooja Shah (West Chicago). “Good for the Sole” – 44th best earnings per share performance and 49th best stock price performance. Members included Joe Cummins (Plainfield), Laura Donahue (Joliet) and Gretel Stock-Kupperman (Berwyn). “Ben Edoo” – 95th best earnings per share performance and 85th best stock price performance. Members included Harry Lesner (Willowbrook), Karin Schlueter (Darien), Patrick Starnes (Downers Grove) and Liana Wilson (Lombard). For more information about Benedictine University’s M.B.A. program, contact Sharon Borowicz, chair of the Benedictine M.B.A. department, at (630) 829- 6219 or by e-mail at sborowicz@ben.edu.

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Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.