Hamline News

International Honors for MBA Students


For the second year in a row, a team of five students from the Hamline University’s School of Business placed in the top 10% of world-wide MBA teams competing in a Capstone computer-simulation game produced by Capsim Corporation of Chicago. The simulation requires teams of students to make a series of research and development, production, marketing, finance, automation, human resources, and total-quality-management decisions over eight rounds representing eight years of business. A balanced scorecard is used to rank teams, with metrics such as market share, return on equity, and market capitalization considered in the final standings.

Hamline’s team of MBA students included Shawn Bielke, Vince Murphy, Monique Strong, Akhil Sriram, and Erick Tralle. In competition with nearly 1,500 other MBA teams, including Mercer University, Hong Kong University of Science & Technology, and New York University, the Hamline students ranked in the 93rd percentile.

The five students were one of six teams created in an experiential-learning elective taught by Professor David Christopherson entitled Finance Theory & Applications. Earlier this semester, a different team of five students from this same class represented Hamline in regional case-analysis competition sponsored by the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG). That team finished third in its competition, defeating a team of full-time MBA students from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.