Business Students Representing Southeast in International Business Championship

by News Bureau on Friday, Dec. 09, 2011

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Dec. 9, 2011 – Southeast Missouri State University will be represented by a team of students from the Harrison College of Business in the NIBS Worldwide Case Competition Feb. 26 through March 2 at Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

The competition is sponsored by the Network of International Business Schools (NIBS). Only 10 teams were selected from a qualifying round that included 30 teams. Each of the universities competed in the qualifying round for the opportunity to participate in the week-long championship round. To win the spot in the finals, the students evaluated the future direction of an Eco-Hotel from India, providing recommendations on where to set up new locations, the manner in which to complete the expansion and how to attract new customers to support the expansion.

Southeast’s team will compete against nine international teams in the finals round of the competition. Other teams participating in the finals represent Aalto University School of Economics (Finland); Belmont University (US), Concordia University (Canada); Carleton University (Canada); IBA International Business Academy (Denmark); KH Leuven (Belgium); Salisbury University (US); (last year’s winner) Memorial University(Canada) ; and (the host team) Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences (The Netherlands).

This is the fourth time that Southeast students have qualified for the finals of this NIBS competition. The NIBS International Case Competition was the first undergraduate competition case competition in the world. It brings together business students and academics from across the world in a spirit of intense, but friendly competition. While they are in Rotterdam the competition will consist of teams responding to cases or business problems and offering ideas, feedback, and solutions. The teams will have four hours to prepare their response for the cases with no outside help and then they are judged by a panel that consists of business professionals and academic experts. After the first four days of the competition, the four highest scoring teams then go on to a semi-final and final round of judging.

“It is quite an accomplishment for the Southeast students to again be included in the final 10 teams that were invited to the championship round,” said Dr. Willie Redmond, faculty advisor for the team and professor of economics. “This reflects very positively on the quality of education that is being delivered by the Harrison College of Business and Southeast Missouri State in general.”

Members of the Southeast team are Mitchell Brunson of Springfield, Ill., who is majoring in entrepreneurship and finance; Deanna Dippold of Cape Girardeau, who is majoring in human resource management and finance with minors in entrepreneurship and Spanish; Elizabeth Maldonado of Scott City, Mo., who is majoring in human resource management; and Egbar Ozenkoski of St. Louis who is majoring in finance with a minor in economics.

“I would like to commend the students on the current Southeast team, who took the time from their busy fall semester to prepare for this competition. They should be very proud to reach the championship round in this intensely competitive contest,” Redmond said.

The NIBS competition is another step in Southeast’s continuous efforts to provide students with real-world experience and internationalize the University, according to Redmond.

“This is an invaluable experience for our students. On one hand, they get the experience of thinking through varied business problems in a competitive setting, as a paid consultant may have to do. However, even more importantly, they get the experience of traveling to a different country and interacting with students from different countries and cultures,” Redmond said.