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This is the first year UCR has participated in the business simulation event.


(April 23, 2012)

A team of six MBA students competing for the University of California, Riverside received two second place honors at the 48th Annual International Collegiate Business Strategy Competition (ICBSC), held April 19-21.

The UCR team was named runner-up in its division for "Best Overall Performance" and "Best Documents," in recognition of the students' efforts in running their simulated company, MBAUCR, Inc., a manufacturer of high torque drivers.

This is the first time UCR has participated in the business simulation event.

Thirty-two schools from the United States and Canada participated in the event. The schools were divided into six groups, or "worlds," of five to six teams each. The UCR team--comprised of Class of 2012 MBA students Sebastian Dombrowski, Kiwi Huang, Tony Huang, Gurmeet Kharbanda, Misa Lin and Chihiro Yamaguchi-- was placed in "World 6" and competed against Willamette University, San Jose State University, California State University East Bay and Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Adjunct management professor Roger Conway, who served as advisor to the UCR team, said he is proud to have worked with the students.

"I can't tell you enough good things about these six students," he said. "Their teamwork, mutual support, personal sacrifices and hard work exceeded my expectations for this competition."
Yamaguchi, who served as CEO for the team, said she cherishes the time she had spent with her fellow classmates preparing for the event.

"This result was produced through synergy among our team members," she said. "The biggest prize for me is having had the chance to work with such great teammates."

Though she is graduating in June, Yamaguchi said she is excited about UCR's future involvement in the competition.

"We have obtained a great deal of experience and information about this competition that we can pass on to our colleagues for next year," she said. "This competition is a great opportunity for students to practice teamwork and challenge overall skills they have obtained through their MBA courses."

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